Berwick Rangers (a) Friendly
38 mins: On a pitch
where he claimed four goals in his previous appearance (for the U19 side), Chopra made no mistake
when presented with a chance, hitting a low
shot past the keeper after Kendrick had played him in on the right side of the
Tommy Craig commented:
Writing for theDucket.com (Berwick
fansite) Craig Forsyth said:
Michael Chopra's 38th minute strike proved decisive at Whitley Park as the Northumberland FA celebrated the official opening of their new HQ.
On a breezy night at Blue Flames, a ninety minute stint from Berwick's guest player, Paul Gascoigne, couldn't help the Borderers from slipping to defeat in a game of few chances, despite the woodwork taking some punishment.
In the first ten minutes both sides rattled the goal-frame with Barrett hitting the bar from close range after just four minutes, while at the other end Joe Kendrick had a shot diverted onto the post five minutes later.
It was Diego Gavilan's turn to hit the bar just before the half hour but Chopra made no mistake after 38 minutes, hitting a low shot past the keeper after Kendrick had played him in on the right side of the box.
Gazza sprayed some typical passes out from
midfield and showed some good touches as he enjoyed one or two exchanges with
Jamie McClen. The two had dished out some stern challenges to each other before
Gazza nutmegged McClen who then shook his hand in acknowledgement.
Substitute Damon Robson headed a Kendrick cross onto the bar with eight minutes remaining but only a Carl Cort shot which was beaten down by the goalkeeper was of note in a turgid second half.
After the game, a trim-looking Gascoigne
confirmed that he wouldn't be taking the Exeter manager's job, feeling he still
has a couple of years left to offer as a player.