Berwick Rangers 3-2 Elgin City

Last updated : 11 August 2004 By Oliver Gaywood
Indeed, it was the homeside who started the brighter, quickly adapting to the wet conditions. Elliot Smith had a great chance to open the scoring in a goalmouth scramble but got caught in two minds whether to cross or shoot and ended up wasting the opportunity.

With ten minutes gone, Elgin suddenly sprang to life. A long clearance from Stuart Cumming sent Phil Reid clear but Gary O'Connor saved well. In the following attack Andy Roddie nearly set up Alex Bone but his cross was slightly too long.

However, in the fifteenth minute Roddie got it right. His cross from the left found Willie Martin and although his initial shot was parried, Bone was on hand to tuck away the rebound.

Elgin had a great chance to go further ahead in the next minute. Allan Demspie found Martin in the box and his cushion header set up Roddie but winger's shot clipped the bar on its way over.

Reid was again impressive but again denied in the twenty fifth minute. Adam Nelson fed the ex-Motherwell youngster on the halfway line and after taking the ball to the Berwick box, O'Connor turned his shot wide. The ensuing Roddie corner was met by Bone but his header went high.

Elgin almost made it two early in the second half when, on the break, Roddie found Reid in the box only for him to pull his shot wide.

Berwick created a couple of chances to equalise. Gordon Forrest had a shot deflected wide before a quickly taken free kick caught Elgin off guard but Elliot Smith shot wide.

In the seventieth minute another surging run by Reid was ended unfairly just outside the box. Nelson quickly took the fee kick and found Martin who fired the ball home.

Berwick almost struck back immrediately. A cross from the left was headed high into the air by Gareth Hutchison before Keiron Renton, who had so far enjoyed another relatively quiet match, attempted to fist the ball away but his clearance went straight to Elliot Smith who, with an open goal gaping, sent the ball wide.

Not too long afterwards, the comeback started. In the seventy ninth minute, Grant McNicoll found himself unmarked as the ball came into the box and he firmly struck the ball into the back of the net from eight yards.

Both Bone and Martin had chances to increase the lead before Paul Hampshire sent a warning shot from twenty yards.

The equaliser came in the eighty fourth minute. Hampshire crossed from the left wing and Elliot Smith found himself unmarked at the back post and this time made no mistake in front of goal. Hampshire ended the resurgance five minutes later when he placed a shot from a tight angle into the bottom corner of the net.

City: Keiron Renton, Stuart Cumming, Allan Dempsie, Paul Kaczan, [b]Hugh Dickson[/b], Stephen Black (Jamie McKenzie, 86), Willie Martin, Adam Nelson, Alex Bone, Phil Reid (Martin Harty, 74), Andy Roddie.
Subs not used: Stuart McKenzie, Paul Napier, Darren Kelly

City Goals: Alex Bone 15, Willie Martin 70
Berwick Goals: Grant McNicoll 79, Elliott Smith 84, Paul Hampshire 89.