Spiders blow chance to climb table
Queen’s Park ............0 Berwick Rangers ......0
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