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Duns 1

Peebles Rovers 1

EoS FIRST DIVISION

GALE-FORCE winds were the only winner in blustery Berwickshire on Saturday.

Both teams were desperate for all three points to maintain their slim hopes of promotion, but the crossfield gusts made attractive or penetrative football almost impossible.

Despite the conditions, they still served up a battling Borders derby.

The home side grabbed an early opener on nine minutes as Bruce Chisholm dispatched Steven Burns’ low cross from 10 yards out.

At the other end, Greg Shortreed had an edge-of-the-area effort deflected against the bar. Peebles enjoyed the majority of possession for the remainder of the first half, with Nicky Cairns coming closest to equalising through a curling shot which was well saved by Scott Lumsden.

The home side opened brightly after the break, with Michael Stewart forcing John Nesbit into a good block at the near post.

But it was the visitors who were showing the work ethic to get back into the game. On 56 minutes, Gary Knox cleverly drew James Robertson into a foul inside the area, but Craig Edgar’s penalty was comfortably blocked by Lumsden.

Just seven minutes later, however, the keeper was sent the wrong way from the spot after Knox was again upended inside the box by Robertson. Cairns took over the duties to fire in the equaliser.

Duns’ best opportunity of the second half fell to Des Chisholm on 70 minutes, but the midfield player’s poke at Dougie Brydon’s knockdown was pushed away by Nesbit on his goal-line.

Lumsden made a couple of good stops at the other end – first from substitute Bobby Nwanze and then from Edgar – in the closing stages.

Rovers boss Stuart Robertson said: “I think both sets of players deserve credit for trying to play. We had our chances to win the game and I feel it was two points dropped, but Duns also had a few chances towards the end.”

Peebles Rovers: J. Nesbit, S. Joyce (B. Nwanze), S. Galloway, J. Girdwood, R. Fleming, S. Watson, N. Cairns, M. McKenzie, C. Edgar (J. Telfer), G. Knox, G. Shortreed.