Andy Russell, Berwick’s goalscorer at Montrose ( Photo: Alan Bell )
MONTROSE 2 BERWICK RANGERS 1 (Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014)
On a freezing night when even a watery hot chocolate drink from the Links Park tea bar was welcome, Berwick Rangers suffered a disappointing defeat in this rearranged SPFL 2 game aginst Montrose. Once again, Rangers failed to win after initially taking the lead.
Apart from Andy Russell replacing Darren Lavery who went off injured in the previous Saturday’s Cup tie with Albion Rovers, Berwick fielded the same starting eleven as against the Coatbridge side. It was Russell who put Rangers ahead on the half hour with a beautifully struck shot from 12 yards after being set up by Ross Drummond.
Not for the first time this campaign, Berwick surrendered a goal close to the end of a half. A cross came over from the left and though there were plenty of blue shirts waiting for it at the far post, keeper Michael Andrews looked set to clear the ball to safety. Bryan Deasley beat him to it to level the scores almost on the stroke of half time.
The second half was an end to end affair, fine entertainment for any neutral watching but for the dozen or so Berwick fans in the ‘crowd’ of 233, it turned into a frustrating 45 minutes. After a strong run by Paul Willis, Russell missed an early opportunity to restore the lead, failing even to test goalie Stuart McKenzie who collected the ball with ease. Instead, a classy move and well taken goal from Paul Watson in the 77th minute saw the Angus men go in front.
Berwick went flat out for a late, late equaliser their last two chances being an angled Lee Currie free kick followed by a corner. The box was packed for this one but, as the ball bobbed and bounced, no Berwick player could get in a decent shot before Montrose got the ball downfield.