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North Berwick Colts take advantage of tired Peebles

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North Berwick Colts 3

Rixon-Gibb 49', Mackie 62', Nicolson 66'
  • Sunday, 08 May 2016
  • Kerfield Park, Peebles
  • Under 14´s
  • Division 2
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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North Berwick Colts took a step in the right direction in their quest to achieve a top four finish, in Division 2, against a Peebles side who had started the day only one place behind them in the table. Manager Keith Gibb has set that as a target for his men after admitting that first and second places might be a step too far.

The match was closer than the score line suggests, particularly in the first half. But the away side created more in the second with Peebles seeming to tire in their third game this week. On top of that, they had their team day out the day before which must have zapped even more energy from them.

An even first period remained goalless, although that takes nothing away from the fayre on display as both sides passed the ball about well. It was far from a ‘boring 0-0’ half.

Owen Mackie threatened first for Colts after Peebles goalie Evan Polak had cleared a long ball, but Mackie fired over. And Jack Drijver-Headley rounded Polak but had his cross cut out by Lewis Swan.

Kyle Erskine had a shot tipped wide at the other end, but Ben Duncan came closest to opening the scoring. The big defender found himself with plenty of time to shape up a shot 30 yards out. He struck it beautifully but saw it smack the crossbar.

  • Half Time:
  • Peebles FC
  • 0-0
  • North Berwick Colts

The intensity dropped off at the start of the second half, with midweek action perhaps taking its toll on both teams.

Peebles did manage to work an intricate move after Cameron Brown had won the ball and slipped it to Jay Blyth, but Blyth’s pull back was just ahead of Niall Hutchison-Reid.

North Berwick took the lead after 49 minutes. Jedd Rixon-Gibb’s free kick from distance sailed over everybody, including the keeper, and into the net.

By now, the away side were in the ascendancy and looked more dangerous than their tiring counterparts.

Harry Ford nearly made it two when he exquisitely let the ball drop over his shoulder and caught it on the volley, but he could not generate enough power to beat Polak.

Blyth could have made it level shortly before Colts edged further ahead after 62 minutes.

The Peebles substitute drove into the box with purpose but his poked effort went wide.

Mackie then had a shot which cannoned off the crossbar and down onto the goal-line, before he made it two from the penalty spot.

He won the kick himself, latching onto a ball over the top and rounding the keeper, but being felled in the act. He calmly stroked the spot kick into the bottom corner.

And it was 3-0 with four minutes to play. Christopher Nicolson made a good run down the left wing before crossing for Matthew Wilson who met it in front of goal and fired home.

Zack Khan tricked his way into the box near the end to try and fashion something for Peebles but his cross-come-shot was cleared.


  • Full Time:
  • Peebles FC
  • 0-3
  • North Berwick Colts


Peebles FC
North Berwick Colts
1. Evan Polak
2. Sam Archibald
3. Gavin McLachlan
4. Ross Millan
5. Ben Duncan
6. Kyle Erskine
7. Lewis Swan
8. Jamie Clark
9. Niall Hutchison-Reid
10. Jay Blyth
11. Zach Khan
12. Cameron Brown
14. Aaron Russell
15. Connor Thorburn
17. Rory Darling
1. Alexander Mccrae
2. Neil Brough
3. Keir Lawley
5. Jedd Rixon-Gibb
6. Finlay Baxter
7. Owen Mackie
8. Harry Ford
10.Shaun Samson
11. Cameron Isaac
13. Douglas Stewart
14. Matthew Wilson
15. Christopher Nicolson
16. Jack Drijver-Headley
17. Joseph O'Brien
Star Player
Peebles FC
North Berwick Colts
Jamie Clark - Ball-winning midfielder also uses the ball well and does a good job for his side.
Harry Ford - Got down the right flank to good effect and can glide past a man with ease.
Magic Moment
Peebles FC
North Berwick Colts
Ben Duncan's wonderful long range strike which hit the bar was inches away from earning a lead.
The third goal, scored by Matthew Wilson, was well worked and killed the game as a contest.
Club Views
Peebles FC
North Berwick Colts
Fergus Millan, Peebles FC manager, said: "In the first half we were competing and the teams were evenly matched. I thought whoever was going to get the first goal was going to be a decisive factor.

"Both teams have been playing lots of games recently and what we've found, and talking to their coach as well, is the inconsistency. Today we were a little bit tired and we just weren't able to make those opportunities. I don't think either team created very many chances - they probably had about three shots and we had one."
Keith Gibb, North Berwick Colts manager, said: "We were very happy after a heavy defeat from Bonnyrigg on Thursday night. Today was important, because we can still finish in the top four, so we needed a performance and a result. First clean sheet for a while and three goals and I think we dominated the second half so absolutely delighted."
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