Handling at double again as Rangers end home drought

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Berwick Rangers 3, Clyde 0: In another match-winning performance, new loan signing Danny Handling grabbed a double for the second week running and set up Lee Currie for the third to earn Berwick Rangers their first home win in nine matches.

“It’s a great relief to get this long-awaited victory,” said Berwick manager Ian Little. “The icing on the cake was the clean sheet. It’s a while since we got back-to-back wins, so this will do the confidence no harm.”

With Jordan Foster suspended and Chris McLeod and Elliott Smith out injured, last season’s player of the year Andy McLean returned to the team at centre-back. Fraser McLaren failed a fitness test, while on-loan goalkeeper Youssef Bejaoui kept his place. But like last week it was Handling who stole the show.

The 17-year-old striker on loan from Hibs, who bagged a brace on his Berwick debut last weekend at Peterhead, scored twice in five minutes and was voted man of the match after a fantastic performance.

Ross Gray and McLean both missed good chances to put Berwick ahead as they dominated the early stages, but Handling made the home pressure count.

He opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a turn and powerful shot on high into the net from Kevin McDonald’s cross and showed composure in the box to slot home Gray’s pass and double Rangers’ lead five minutes later.

Clyde spurned a couple of chances to pull a goal back, but Berwick had their chances too. One of them fell to Chris Townsley, who saw his header cleared off the line by Iain Gray,

But the victory was sealed three minutes from time when Handling unselfishly squared for Currie to slot home the third from close range.

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Berwick Rangers: Bejaoui, McGlinchey, Townsley, McLean, Deland (Walker 84), McDonald, Notman, Currie, Ross Gray (Damon Gray 77), Handling, Ferguson (Greenhill 78). Subs not used: Barclay, Noble.

Booked: McLean.

Goals: Handling 31, 35, Currie 88.

Clyde: Feely, Brown, Declan Gallagher, Gray, Sharp, Pollock, Sweeney, Neill (Ryan Kane 46), Sloss (Daw 61), Dickie (McDonald 85), Oliver. Subs Not Used: McCue, Ramsay.

Booked: Gray.

Referee: Des Roache. Attendance: 389