Berwick Rangers 0-3 Hibernian

Berwick Rangers v Hibernian FC in a preseason friendly
Berwick Rangers v Hibernian FC in a preseason friendly

Berwick’s pre-season build-up continued when they were beaten 0-3 by Hibernian at Shielfield on Tuesday.

A first half goal from David Gray, plus second half strikes by Jason Cummings and Scott Allan saw the Edinburgh side return back up the A1 with the spoils.

Berwick Rangers v Hibernian FC in a preseason friendly

Berwick Rangers v Hibernian FC in a preseason friendly

It was Berwick’s fourth pre-season game in preparation for the new campaign and in truth Hibs looked the sharpest of the sides they have met so far.

In front of a crowd of 1080, Hibs looked more comfortable on the ball in the early stages but after five minutes home skipper Jonny Fairbairn headed inches wide from a corner.

David Morris also had a free kick safely collected by Mark Oxley in the visiting goal, whilst at the other end Scott Allan shot wide from out on the left.

On 16 minutes the Edinburgh side opened the scoring when Allen played a slide-rule pass through to David Gray on the right side of the box and he kept his cool to slot the ball into the far corner of the net.

Berwick Rangers v Hibernian FC in a preseason friendly

Berwick Rangers v Hibernian FC in a preseason friendly

Just two minutes later former Berwick loanee Danny Handling was stretchered off with a suspected knee injury after a fall in the centre of the pitch and he was replaced by Sam Stanton.

As Hibs continued to press Allan had a tame shot saved low by the home trialist keeper, who also made a good reflex save from Cummings from a cross on the left.

Lewis Stevenson fired across the face of the goal and right on the half-time whistle the Berwick keeper again had to make a good reaction save to deny the visitors a second through Allan.

After 53 minutes Cummings fired a low shot into the side netting from 25 yards out, but just a minute later he doubled his side’s lead when he fired high into the net after a good, strong run by Dominique Malonga into the box.

And after 60 minutes it was 0-3 when the ever-dangerous Allan cut in from the left and found the bottom corner with a good right foot finish.

David Morris had a chance to pull a goal back for Berwick, when he found himself in space between defenders,but he fired over with just the keeper to beat, and minutes later he shot over again with a free kick.

Hibs went down to ten men for the final minutes of the match after using all their substitutes and the Berwick keeper made at least another three fine saves to keep the score down as the visitors finished with a flourish.