Rangers bounce back in style to move up to third

Steven Thomson
Steven Thomson

COWDENBEATH 0

BERWICK RANGERS 2

Berwick Rangers boss John Coughlin felt his side sealed the perfect away performance as they bounced back from a home defeat to Elgin City.

Versatile frontman Steven Thomson drove through the opener and then took advantage of David McGurn’s handling error to bag a first-half brace and take the points back to the Borders.

Coughlin said: “It was important that we got back on track as we played poorly at home last week against Elgin City and we shipped four goals so it was important we kept a clean sheet and gave ourselves a platform to play on.

“The win is magnificent and gets us back into the top four and we can build on that away to Montrose next week. Cowdenbeath put you under pressure with balls into the box and it was never out of the air.

“However, we managed the game well enough and always looked a threat on the break so I’m absolutely delighted with the win.”

The hosts looked the hungrier side with Fraser Mullen teeing up Brian Ross to drive wide then Mullen took a pop with a free kick that rattled the woodwork.

Berwick were then unlucky not to be awarded a penalty on 18 minutes as Nickolay Todorov brought down Greg Hurst, but whistler Scott Millar waved away the protestations.

The Borders side the upped their game and Thomson steamrollered his way through the Blue Brazil backline to easily put past McGurn on 27 minutes.

Thomson then bagged his brace on 35 minutes as McGurn failed to collect allowing it to fall to the striker who neatly controlled and blasted into the net with aplomb.

Cowdenbeath tried to claw their way back with Kris Renton robbing Kevin McKinlay before crossing for Gary Glen whose snapshot was palmed away by Kevin Walker. And they came close to halving the deficit as Dean Brett pinged in a ball from the right that Renton bulleted against the post with stopper Walker well beaten.

Then there was a moment of surrealism when Jordyn Sheerin burst free but with no one near him he inexplicably fell.

Goal hero Thomson had the chance to complete a hat-trick late on but McGurn saved with his legs with Sheerin screaming for a cut back after he had made space.

Cowdenbeath gaffer Liam Fox grumbled: “It’s small details but we need to make sure we get better with the finer details than the opposition and that’s the difference at this level.”

Berwick striker Thomson insists that an away win is more important than his first ever double in the professional game.

He said: “A win is brilliant especially away from home and it was a great result and I thought that we deserved it as well as from start to finish I felt we were the better side.

“The goals are a bonus to me but the main thing is that we got the points.

“We are down to the bare bones just now with a lot of players digging in for each other and I thought we were great especially after the Elgin match last week.”