Four-star Berwick too strong for previously unbeaten Annan

BERWICK RANGERS 4, ANNAN ATHLETIC 2

Berwick made it two wins out of two at home and moved up to third place in the table in the process, with their second four-goal show at Shielfield on Saturday.

Rangers had beaten Queens Park 4-0 in their first home league encounter, but were expecting a tougher test against the previously unbeaten Annan.

However, two goals from striker Scott Dalziel, plus one from strike partner Darren Lavery and another from Kenny O’Brien saw them comfortable winners against the Galabank side, although a super strike from David Hopkirk and a penalty from Ally Love meant Ian Little’s side had to be on their toes.

In the first half the teams shared five goals.

Dalziel fired Berwick in front after just two minutes, shooting home after being set up by Kenny O’Brien on the left.

O’Brien then made it 2-0 after 13 minutes with a low shot from the left side of the box, but ten minutes later Annan pulled a goal back when Hopkirk sent a screamer past Paul Grant from 30 yards out off the underside of the crossbar.

Dalziel then headed Berwick 3-1 in front, turning in a cross on the left by Dean Hoskins, but Annan hauled themselves back into contention at 3-2 when Ally Love netted from the penalty spot after Stephen Tulloch was booked for a hand ball in the box.

In the second half Lavery sealed the victory for Rangers when he stooped and turned in a cross from the left by Hoskins from close range.

Grant twice went full stretch to make good saves for Berwick to deny Hopkirk, whilst near the end substitute Josh Morris should have sealed it with a fith for the Borderers when he blasted over with just the keeper to beat with his first touch after coming on.

After the match Berwick boss Little said he was well pleased with the victory, the performance showing just how well some of his younger players could perform when they clicked.

Annan manager Jim Chapman said the defeat was a reality check for his side who had started the season so well.

“Berwick are a good side,” he said, “but at times in the first half we gave them a helping hand which led to our own downfall.”

Berwick:Grant Jacobs Hoskins Dunlop Tulloch Janczyk Currie Notman Dalziel (Ronald 90-+1), Lavery (Morris 80) O’Brien (Gielty 80)

Annan:Arthur Chisholm Bradly (Moffat 82), Black (Davidson 60), Watson McNiff MacKay Flynn Weatherson Hopkirk Love (Brannan 73)

Referee:Nick Walsh

Attendance:448