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Berwick Rangers 1 Peterhead 1

Tue 11 Dec 2012

Martin Bavidge returned to the Peterhead side in an otherwise unchanged Peterhead side that drew with Elgin on the Wednesday night, new signing Ryan McCann had to make do with a place on the bench. It was to be ultimately another frustrating match for the blue Toon, however with the recent upturn in form the reward of three points can’t be that far away.

Peterhead opened brightly with Rory McAllister heading just wide before David Cox saw a fierce effort blocked in a crowded box by Berwick keeper Youssef Bejaoui. The toon continued to press; Bejaoui again smartly turned away a close-range strike from Cox before Ryan Strachan blazed over from the edge of the box.

Berwick Rangers stated to get into the game as Steve Notman was just off target with a glancing header. It was Peterhead that was to make the early dominance count on 25 minutes when Scott McLaughlin stroked the ball into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards out, for his first goal since the opening day of the season, after McAllister neatly turned two defenders on the edge of the box to create the required space.

Rory McAllister was only a fraction away from doubling the tally early in the second half, shaving the bar with a free kick from 20 yards, and then Martin Bavidge split the home defence with a super cross only to find there were no takers. However, Berwick fought their way back into the game and just before the hour mark Graeme Smith let a Dean Hoskins corner slip from his grasp and Lavery pounced to sweep the loose ball home.

However Graeme Smith was to make amends minutes later when only a great fingertip save prevented Lavery adding another with a blistering 30-yarder as Berwick began to take the upper hand but time ran out with both teams having to settle for a share of the points.

Berwick: Bejaoui, Jacobs, Townsley, Brydon, Hoskins, Gray (O'Brien 90), Notman, Janczyk, McDonald, Lavery (Morris 90), Ferguson (McLaren 76).

Subs Not Used: Sandison, McLean.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Ross Smith, Strachan, Scott Ross, Redman, Cowie, Cox, McLaughlin, Noble, McAllister (Winters 90), Bavidge (McCann 76).

Subs Not Used: Jarvie, Deasley, Maguire.