Gala YM 5

Berwick 50

Joe Dickson

at Netherdale

This Shield clash can only be described as a complete mismatch between a team at the top of East Division 1 Berwick against middle of East Division 2.

Gala YM gave it all they had and tackled Berwick into the ground.

But the well-drilled visitors always had players backing up to collect the passes and score the tries.

Berwick scored a try in the first few minutes although YM should have scored their own minutes later - the final pass going astray.

Back came Berwick and in the next half hour they rattled in five converted tries to make score unassailable at 0-40 at the interval.

YM came charging out for the second half determined to get on the scoreboard and they battered away at the Berwick line.

But the visitors' defence was magnificent.

After ten minutes Scott Chapman squeezed over in the corner to finally get the home team on the board.

A charged down kick gave Berwick an unconverted try and five minutes later they got another to bring up the 50 points from a sweeping move from deep in their own half.

Thankfully the referee had seen enough and blew for time with the game well and truly won.

YM wish Berwick well in the rest of their Shield games.

YM’s man of the match went to Declan Broatch.

YM ’s next game is on November 17 against Langholm at home with a 12.30pm kick off.