Harry Galloway ( number 10 ) scores Berwick’s first goal at Alloa ( Photo courtesy of David Glencross )
ALLOA ATHLETIC 3 BERWICK RANGERS 2
( Friday, March 11th, 2016 )
Berwick Rangers missed the chance to go above Alloa in the Development
League East table at a wet Indodrill Stadium where the pitch has been
narrowed by four and a half yards on either side since Berwick last
played there in August.
The Development League can be as unpredictable as SPFL 2. Last week,
Berwick won at Stenhousemuir. Stenny then beat a misfiring Alloa 3-0 at
the Indodrill and now Alloa beat Berwick….but literally, only just.
This was a full throttle Development League game in which both sides
almost paid the price for ill judged back passes to the keeper. Each hit
the bar, Rangers in the first half, Alloa after the break, and the last
goal for each came from a header.
Over the 90 minutes, Alloa definitely had the greater number of shots at
goal. The first came after just two minutes but Declan McDonald was wide
after being forced to commit himself by Mark Walters rushing out to
challenge him. McDonald missed again with an angled shot from inside the
penalty area but it was another warning to the visitors as Alloa darted
about looking for an early breakthrough. They got that in the 19th
minute, Ryan Hoggan’s corner headed in at the back post by Kierin
Rangers took only five minutes to equalise. Keeper Andrew Wilson
misjudged Ewan Herriot’s lob and Harry Galloway, one of four trialists
in the Berwick XIV, promptly took advantage of the error.The goal lifted
Berwick. Robert Kinnaird was only inches out after Charlie Denton made
Michael Hardie attempted to score from 35 yards after Walters left his
area to make a clearance but the keeper was back in time to save.
However, he was beaten by Adam Martin a minute from the break. Ewan
Herriot handled the ball but referee Scott Lambie, consistent in playing
advantage, let it go as the ball returned to Martin whose short
inswinger hit Walters’ arm on the way in.
The Wasps were buzzing again as the second half got underway. Berwick
sometimes overestimated the time they could have on the ball as Alloa’s
players were quickly on to them. Hardie, like Martin, a fast, ball
playing winger, was allowed to run before Walters punched away his shot.
Coleman’s thirty yarder floated over the bar. The best Berwick offered
in return were a couple of long shots, one, a low drive by Alistair
McDonald just a foot off target.
Walters made a point blank save from Scott Hynd. The same player was too
high with an overhead kick and despite Alloa’s pressure and possession,
the score remained 2-1 going into the final five minutes. With just
three left, Rangers appeared to have sneaked a point with a goal
featuring the respective captains. Lewis Wilson headed Denton’s cross
from the left into his own net.
On the advent of stoppage time, Alloa had the last say with Hynd rising
to head in a right wing cross from substitute Callum Hutchison.
Berwick manager John Coughlin was at the game and felt the young Rangers
deserved a point but based on the match stats, Alloa would claim that
the result was right.
Berwick meet Stenhousemuir again at Shielfield this coming Wednesday,
March 16th. Kick off is at 7:45 p.m.
Berwick Rangers: Walters ( Cockburn 73 ), Herriot, Anderson, A.McDonald,
McConnell, Forrest, Denton, Ingram, Watt, Galloway* ( Sutherland* 52 ),
Kinnaird* ( Donoghue* 67 )
* Denotes trialist