Six of the best – times two

Longhoughton Rangers...6 Berwick...6

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LONGHOUGTHON were at home to local rivals Berwick on a misty Remembrance Sunday and before the kick-off both sides observed an impeccably observed minute’s silence.

What followed was anything but peace and calm as a crowd-thrilling 6-6 draw unfolded.

Berwick started brightest and the early pressure paid off with a hard drive from eight yards. Eggleston got his hands to the ball to no avail. The strike injured his wrist and went off, with Luke Evans stepping manfully into the breach.

Almost from the restart Jordan Moore registered his first goal for the club with a thunderous 20-yard strike into the roof of the net.

Berwick regained the initiative when they seized on a loose ball in midfield and broke on the right to slot the ball past Evans.

Shortly after Josh Briggs, who quite deservedly has drawn the attention of Newcastle United scouts, lit up the game with a fantastic goal running past at least four players before calmly slotting the ball past the keeper.

He then combined with Chris Gardner on the stroke of half-time to pick up a superb reverse ball before playing a deft chip.

Ten minutes into the second half Berwick split the defensive pairing of Hume and Asprey to leave Evans with little chance as they levelled the score.

Good play on the left involving Kye Simpson and Sheldon Dryden forced pressure on the Berwick defence. The ball was passed to Moore, who unleashed another great shot to restore the lead.

Luke Evans then looked to have injured himself but happily was fit enough to carry on.

The break in play caught Berwick cold when the goal-kick was flicked on by Ryan Pattinson for Gardner to beat the last defender and chip the ball home.

At this point it looked like Rangers might secure all three points but Berwick battled back in a mad final 10 minutes that saw them draw level despite some committed defending and a couple of great saves.

With a couple of minutes to go Briggs chested a clearance down in midfield then played a sublime pass through the middle to Chris Gardner who took the chance calmly and looked to have won the game.

But Berwick came storming back with a superb move on the right and a great volleyed finish to level the score in the dying seconds.

Overall an exciting game of football for the supporters from both sides to watch but not so good for their managers’ blood pressure.

Man-of-the-match: Luke Evans.

Team: A Francis, B Asprey, J Briggs, S Dryden J Hume, D Brooks, J Moore, R Pattinson, C Gardner, S Eggleston, J Gibson, C Simpson, L Evans, J Beeby.