Peterhead 1 Berwick Rangers 1

Berwick picked up their first point in four league games when they were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Peterhead at Balmoor on Saturday

Berwick Rangers
Berwick Rangers

Berwick picked up their first point in four league games when they were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Peterhead at Balmoor on Saturday.

Despite dropping down to eighth place, manager Ian Little is not pressing the panic button, as the Borderers are still only four points behind the leaders.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t take advantage of the sending off in the second half, ” said Little, “because a win would have been a great boost for the lads after losing our last three league games. But a point is better than none and the league is so tight that any team who can win back-to-back matches is going to make big strides up the table.”

Centre-back Stephen Tulloch, recovered from a hamstring injury, fired Rangers in front after only 18 minutes with an emphatic close-range finish following a corner.

It was a lead Berwick managed to hold on to until half time, but just six minutes into the second period skipper Lee Currie brought down Jordan Brown in the box and Rory McAllister equalised from the penalty spot.

Five minutes after that former Berwick stalwart Fraser McLaren was shown a red card for a reckless foul on Currie. But despite their numerical advantage, and dominance in open play, Rangers were unable to secure a much-needed victory.

Dean Hoskins twice had efforts well saved by Graeme Smith and he also headed wide from a central position. Michael Dunlop headed wide and Currie shot wide, as did Tulloch, while substitute Damien Gielty also narrowly missed the target in injury time.

“We are still playing nice football, ” said Little, “and that’s something we want to continue doing, but of course we realise that we must start winning matches again to keep us in a challenging position.”

Next weekend Berwick face another trip up north when they travel to take on non-league Culter in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

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