Berwick hit back in battle of 2nd XVs

Duns 2nds 21

Berwick 2nds 22

Duns and Berwick’s Second teams played a highly entertaining friendly match at Castle Park, with Berwick coming from behind to win the contest with the final kick of the match.

Berwick opened the scoring with a converted try, which was cancelled out by a Lewis Craik score for Duns converted by Al Hamilton. The score remained at 7-7 until the interval.

The third quarter of the match was all Duns, and the home team added two more converted tries, with Callum Redpath scoring the first. The second was a cracker, with Scot Maceachen taking off on a long diagonal run upfield. He offloaded superbly out of the back of his hand to Al Hamilton who touched down between the posts. Both tries were converted by Hamilton, and Duns appeared to be home and hosed at 21-7 up.

However, two yellow cards meant that Duns played 20 minutes of the second half with only 14 men, and Berwick clawed their way back into the match. An unconverted try reduced the gap to 21-12, and with less than 10 minutes remaining Berwick scored again. This time the conversion was good and the leeway was cut to two points.

With time running out, and Berwick pressing the Duns line for the wining score, the referee awarded the visitors a penalty. Up stepped Gary Flint, who slotted the goal from 25 metres out. The final whistle was blown as the touch judges flags were raised, and Berwick won the first of what will probably be a series of matches between the sides this season.

Man of the match for Duns was Matthew Taylor.

Duns: Matthew Taylor; Callun Redpath, Scot Maceachen, Colin Tait and Jack Sanderson; Alisdair Hamilton and Jacob Cotton; Frazer Howie, Wesley Hirst, Stephen Chisholm, Steven Kruyer, Czarek Ciekala, James Murphy, Richard Hume and Stewart Calder. Reps - Duncan Brown, Richard Burns, Ollie Smith, Cammy Hill, Steven Scott, Lewis Craik, Ben Foreman, Andrew Barnes.