Berwick Rangers cruised to a convincing 4-0 win over a young Queen’s Park outfit in their first home league game of the season.
A brace from Darren Lavery, a header from strike partner Scott Dalziel and an own goal from Michael Keenan secured the three points.
There was little sign of the goals to come in the first 25 minutes with both sides struggling to cope as a blustery squall swept across Shielfield.
A fourth minute free-kick from Blair Spittal after David Anderson had been fouled just outside the box was well held by Paul Grant - and it turned out to be the only shot the visitors would have on target all afternoon.
Berwick broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when a Kenny O’Brien free kick from the left was sliced into his own net by Michael Keenan after coming through a ruck of players.
It was a lead that Berwick scarcely deserved but it was almost doubled moments later when a Notman shot was deflected narrowly wide.
From the resultant corner, slack marking in the visitors’ defence allowed a stooping Scott Dalziel to head home from just beyond the front post.
After the restart, Berwick had a great chance to make it three when Lavery found himself with only the keeper to beat but Brown saved with his legs when a simple pass would have left Dalziel with a simple tap-in.
He did not have to wait long to get on the scoresheet though when he fired a fine 20-yard left footer into the net on 68 minutes.
He grabbed his second and Berwick’s fourth on 74 after being put through by Lee Currie and firing home.
The game was over as a contest but it got worse for Queen’s Park on 79 minutes when Bernard Coll was sent-off for a challenge on substitute Owen Ronald, although the red card was perhaps a little harsh.
Team: Grant, Jacobs, Gielty, Fairbairn, Hoskins, Currie, O’Brien (Gray, 62), Notman (Miller, 78), Dalziel (Ronald, 78), Lavery, Morris.
Team: Brown, triallist, Coll, Keenan (McVey, 46), Brough, Mosson, Baty (Rooney, 76), Anderson, Vitoria, Quinn, Spittal.