Champs Linlithgow snatch point against lowly Tayport

Colin Strickland, right, scored a last-gasp equaliser for Rose. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Colin Strickland, right, scored a last-gasp equaliser for Rose. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Tayport belied their lowly league position with a fine performance at Linlithgow Rose that could have yielded all three points rather than a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

Both teams had opportunities in the opening quarter of an hour but the visitors took the lead when Grant Lawson ran clear of the Rose defence and slotted a shot past Scott Christie.

The lead lasted only four minutes however as Calum Smith fired Linlithgow back onto level terms following a fine move involving Tommy Coyne, Richie McKillen and Colin Strickland.

That was to be the last incisive passing move of the half though but Tayport went ahead in the 43rd minute when Lawson ran clear again, this time chipping the ball over Christie to notch his second.

It was the visitors who came closest to scoring after the break with Lawson hitting the post; then a wayward passback only just being cleared off the line by Christie before Kris Rollo was denied by a last-gasp tackle from Lithgae’s John Ovenstone.

However, Rose rescued a point in the 89th minute when Strickland squeezed the ball into the net in the aftermath of an Adam Nelson free-kick.

Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Gibson, McKillen, McKenzie, Ovenstone, Ruari MacLennan, Roddy MacLennan (Herd 76), Meechan, Strickland, Coyne, Smith (Nelson 68).

Tayport: Morris, McCulley, Robertson, Gibson (Grant 82), Thomson, Donaldson, Rollo, McPhee, Adam, Suttie (Donachie 82), Lawson.