Caledonian Braves nicked a point right at the death as they shared the points with league newcomers Berwick Rangers at Alliance Park on Saturday
A fairly uneventful opening 45 minutes which saw few chances for either side. Braves were rejuvenated by the return of star man Neil McLaughlin who was caused some worry to the Berwick defence.
The biggest chance of the half fell to top goal scorer Ross McNeil, he had an effort ruled out when the offside flag was raised, a third goal chopped off this season for the striker.
Braves began to threaten as the first half drizzled out in a wet Lanarkshire day. A corner was deflected just past the post from a Berwick player and McLaughlin touch and hit effort just flew past the post as we went into the break level.
It was the away side who would break the deadlock as a fantastic free kick from Waugh fizzed into the top right hand corner of the net.
A goal against was maybe needed as the Braves ramped up the pressure at the other end. John Guthrie pulled in a fans man of the match award for his second half display. After his neat one-two with McNeil he flashed the shot across goal which was almost converted home by an away defender.
The equaliser would eventually come from the returning man McLaughlin. Guthrie found the young midfielder in acres of space, he took a touch and rifled the ball into the back of the net.
With 10 minutes remaining and against the run of a play Berwick were back in the lead. A communication error between Raffi Krissian and Nicky Hogarth allowed Berwick to run in and tap into an empty net. Krissian’s header towards his keeper looped over Hogarth’s heading gifting the away side an easy goal .
Braves were searching for that equaliser that their second half performance deserved. They eventually found their luck deep into stoppage time. A first time cross from McLaughlin was headed on into the path of Krissian as his downwards header seemed to slowly cross the line to make it 2-2. The French defender making up for the earlier error.
Back to cup action for the Braves as South of Scotland League Side Bonnyton Thistle head to Alliance Park Saturday 9th November 2019 with a 3pm Kick Off.