Colliers clinch a point in roller-coaster clash

DIVISION ONE

Berwick Utd...3 Shilbottle CW...3

SHILBOTTLE made belated start to their season with this roller-coaster of a game at the Swan Centre for Leisure, Berwick.

The Colliers began brightly and took the lead after only two minutes’ play when an Andy Metcalf free-kick was headed home at the back post by Shaun Black.

Shortly after, Metcalf had to be withdrawn following a heavy collision and was replaced by youngster Chris Bell, who was making his debut for the Colliers.

Berwick came more into the game as the half progressed and drew level on the half-hour with a strike from the edge of the box.

Shilbottle fell behind just before the break when poor defending allowed Berwick to force the ball home from close range to give themselves a narrow lead at the interval.

The Colliers drew level shortly after the restart when Phil Grey crashed home an unstoppable drive from 30 yards to put his side back in the game.

The Colliers began to gain the upper hand as the half progressed and appeared to have been given a game-winning opportunity 10 minutes from time when Shaun Black was tripped in the box, only for Phil Grey to blaze the resultant penalty-kick over the crossbar.

Berwick then had a man sent off for foul language, only to take the lead with five minutes to play following a defensive slip from youngster Bell.

Shilbottle substitute Richard Brown still had time to have an effort ruled out for offside before James Jackson headed from close range two minutes before time to earn the Colliers a worthy share of the points.

Shilbottle: J Rutherford, P Simpson, A Gattens, D Lillico, D Hubbard, A Metcalf, J Jackson, P Grey, J Lewney, A Wallace, S Black, C Bell, R Brown, R Jackson. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Danny Lillico.