It’s not that Vale were rubbish, but they needed recycling

Berwick Rangers 2013-14 Squad
Berwick Rangers 2013-14 Squad

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There was a certain irony in Whitehill’s shirt sponsors being a waste disposal company in a game in which they wasted no time in disposing of Vale’s challenge, writes Dave Ryce.

A ruthless opening half-hour by the visitors saw them with the points tied up in a bin bag ready for the journey back to Rosewell.

Although it should be underlined this was a much-deserved win for the men from Midlothian, the knowledge that all three of the goals were given away cheaply was disappointing for Vale.

The home defence was badly caught ball-watching in the 18th minute as Steven Manson found striker Wayne McIntosh completely unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and his header predictably found the net.

Barely 120 seconds later, the move was recycled, this time Andrew Kidd providing the cross into the box for McIntosh to nod home.

The third, 10 minutes later, came courtesy of a big old stramash in the area. The home defence failed to find a clearance and the ball deflected this way and that before it fell to ex-Vale defender John Hall, who smashed it home, and the Innerleithen outfit’s hopes of getting back into the match were well and truly incinerated.

Two efforts by Josh Morris early in the second half brought Welfare keeper Bryan Young into some long-awaited action.

But despite Kenny O’Brien driving play forward from midfield, too many of his team-mates seemed to be having an off day and Vale were too wasteful in possession to create much in the way of clear-cut chances.