Lavery closes in on his half-century

Berwick striker Darren Lavery is closing in on his half century of goals for the club.

The 22 year-old scored one of the goals in the 2-0 home win over Annan on Saturday,which took his overall haul for the club to 48.

Lavery, who has now struck five times in the last three games, bagging eight in the last eight games, opened the scoring in 62 minutes with his tenth of the season, and he admitted afterwards it put him ahead of schedule.

“At the start of the season I set myself a target of double figures by Christmas, so I have achieved that with a few weeks to spare, “ he said.

Lavery added that it was a massive three points for Berwick, who still harbour thoughts of promotion via the play-offs, if not the championship itself.

“After last week’s 3-2 defeat against East Fife - when Lavery netted both Berwick goals - the lads were gutted and we knew we had to try and bounce back as quickly as possible,” he said, “and that is what we did.”

“I know we are a bit off the pace at the top of the table, but there is still a long way to go and if we can go on a run, which I think we are capable of, there is no reason why we shouldn’t force our way back into the picture.”

Lavery puts part of his new found confidence down to the partnership he has forged with Craig Dargo.

“Craig has a lot of experience and I enjoy playing alongside him” he said. “He talks me through games and that is a big help.”

This week Berwick turn their attention away from the league and focus on the Scottish Cup, when they take on Albion Rovers in the fourth round at Shielfield.

Player-manager Colin Cameron says it will be a difficult game, as Rovers have hauled themselves up the second division table in recent weeks and are one of the sides currently sitting above Rangers in the league.

As a result of Saturday’s tie, the scheduled league fixture at Montrose has been put back and this will now be played on Tuesday (December 2).