Kelburne faced Grange in the return leg of their top of the table clash at Bellahouston on Saturday. The injury hit squad was further depleted when Gareth Hall failed to recover from a rib injury picked up in last Sunday?s game. New import Steve Crossett was added to the squad and made his debut in centre midfield.
Burne started the game slowly and were unable to get into their usual fluent style. It came as no surprise when Grange took the lead midway through the half. Internationalist Cammy Fraser was allowed space in the D and he was able to fire a powerful reverse stick shot past Mark Fulton in the Kelburne goal. 5 minutes later Grange were 2 ahead, when slack marking in defence allowed Fraser to slide his second past Fulton. Burne struggled to get a foothold in the game and were fortunate to get to half time only 2 down.
A rousing half talk by Mark Ralph inspired a much improved second half showing. Grange, however did have an opportunity to stretch their lead but Fulton pulled off a fine save. Chances to get back into the game came and went with both Christie?s and Ralph having chances to score. Burne were handed a lifeline, when Michael Christie was fouled in the D. Ralph was able to despatch the resulting penalty although the Grange keeper did get a large part of the ball.
Burne were now in the ascendancy and were soon on level terms when a fine run from Michael Bremner found Michael Christie unmarked in the D and he was able to turn home the equaliser. Burne had further chances before the end of the game and could count themselves unlucky not to have won the game before the end. Burne now face Western at Auchenhowie in another catch up fixture tomorrow.