Spi­ders blow chance to climb ta­ble

Queen’s Park ............0 Ber­wick Rangers ......0

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Queen’s Park missed the chance to go to within a point of se­cond place in league two af­ter a goal­less draw at home to Ber­wick Rangers.

Young Liam Brown hadn’t re­cov­ered from an in­jury he picked up af­ter start­ing last week and Joe Bradley, who had come on for him, got a place from the start in the only change.

Queen’s had the ball in the net in 14 min­utes but the lines­man’s flag was spot­ted in the air af­ter Burns had burst to­wards the area and his low cross-shot was touched by the off­side Carter be­fore it beat the wrong-footed Wal­ters at his left hand post.

Ber­wick’s first shot in 16 min­utes had home fans hold­ing their breath, as Gra­ham fired it just wide of Muir’s left-hand post.

It was Ber­wick who al­most broke the dead­lock in 24 min­utes with the best move of the match. Crane burst for­ward un­chal­lenged, and played in the run­ning McKenna, who man­u­fac­tured a de­light­ful first time chip that beat the ad­vanc­ing Muir but just cleared his left-hand post.

Queen’s were liv­ing dan­ger­ously in 71 min­utes when Ber­wick came so close to scor­ing. Big sub Hen­der­son made a nui­sance of him­self in the box and al­most worked his way past McGeever, but he got in a scuffed shot that beat Muir but was hoofed clear by the re­cov­er­ing McGeever.

Queen’s al­most took the lead on 82 min­utes. A Hooper free kick from the right was al­lowed to bounce through the Ber­wick box to the over­lap­ping Burns, who didn’t con­nect prop­erly and he saw his shot cleared off the line by McGre­gor.

Crane was booked for a foul on Hooper as Queen’s huffed and puffed, then Dug­gan won a foul af­ter be­ing decked by Martin and McGeever headed McKer­non’s free kick over.

Lav­ery was booked for down­ing McKer­non to con­cede an­other free kick but again the chance was frit­tered away, only for Ber­wick to make a rare mis­take and gift pos­ses­sion to McKer­non, 20 yards out, but he could only screw his shot wide.

Op­por­tu­nity missed Jamie McKer­non avoids a tackle

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