Berwick Blown Away
Peebles 84 Berwick 0
13 April 2010
Neither side could wrest Melrose’s place in the final but pre-season commitment dictated that the game be played.
From the kick off the gulf between the two sides in the final Pool B Radio Borders Border League match of the season at the Gytes was apparent and it took only 5 minutes for fullback Steve Gee to go in under the posts and for standoff Donald Anderson to convert. From there it was all downhill for Berwick as Peebles rattled up a 38 point lead at half time through further tries by Darren Kerr, a brace each for James Oakes and Neil Hogarth whilst Donald Anderson converted four of them.
Berwick’s best part in the game was between the 13th and 34th minute when Peebles went scoreless as they became too loose and gave Berwick the odd glimmer of a chance. Finally Peebles tightened up and Neil Hogarth got on the score sheet and then till the final whistle tries came at regular intervals that left the Scremerston men reeling.
At 38 points to nil up at half time, you could expect that the Tweed Homes sponsored men to find it hard to concentrate on the game in hand, but with only 2 minutes of the second half gone, Darren Kerr went over for his second and third of his four tries a minute apart; promptly followed 2 minutes later as Neill Hogarth made his hat trick. Darren Kerr grabbed his 4th, James Oakes his hat trick, whilst Donald Anderson and Steve Irvine got one apiece, Donald Anderson converting 2 of them. Skipper Willie Aitken, had several storming runs and thought he had scored under the posts only to be penalised for a double movement. Learning from his mistake he made no mistake with the last try of the match which was converted by Steve Gee to bring up a 84 points to nil tally, by which time referee ian Heard had seen enough and took pity on Berwick bringing an early end to proceedings on the 29th minute.
One thing all the Gytes faithful would like to know.
What is more embarrassing?
Washing your 4x4 in the Cuddy or getting a yellow card turned to a red when you are 67 points up in a game with nothing depending on it.
Let’s hope both players learn from their differing experiences and don’t repeat either.
This was coach, Bruce McNaughton’s, last game in charge at the Gytes as he leaves Peebles after 5 very successful seasons when he bows out at Dunfermline on Saturday in the final Scottish Hydro Premier 2 game of the season.