Berwick Rangers' men's and women's teams bow out of cup competitions
The women’s team lost 2-1 to Ponteland United, who are two leagues above them, in the Marsh Sports Insurance County Cup, while the men’s team went down 2-0 at Dunipace after having Alex Harris sent off in the first half.
Ponteland had early opportunities to score before a shot by Berwick captain Jenny Patterson was blocked. The home team were then forced into an early change after Laura Rowan was injured. She was replaced by Brogan Dougal.
The visitors took the lead with a great strike by Sophie Ray, who took one touch to control the ball before sending it into the bottom left corner.
Berwick keeper Joanna Szymaniak then made two great saves as Ponteland looked to double their lead. They almost got their second as the half drew to a close after Szymaniak left her area but failed to get the ball, Katie Monaghan’s lob being cleared off the line by Kirstie Tang.
Ponteland got their second through Sophie Curle early in the second half and, as Berwick poured forward in search of a goal, Tang was on hand to deal with Ponteland’s counter attacks.
Berwick finally got their goal when a shot by Dougal rolled over the line despite the Ponteland keeper getting a hand to it.
They couldn’t force a second and Ponteland held on for the win.
Berwick Rangers’ men’s team’s struggles continue as a goal in each half was enough to see Dunipace progress to the next round of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, with Berwick playing the majority of the game with 10 men after Harris was shown a red card.
Manager Thomas Scobbie and his players must now regroup before their next match, which is a Lowland League game against Caledonian Braves on December 2. Lewis Barr, who played on Saturday, is suspended for the match after being sent off against Civil Service Strollers in the Wee Gers’ last league game.
Caledonian Braves sit one place and two points above the Wee Gers in 14th place and are on an equally poor run of form, having won one of their last five games.