Rangers’ win lifts them to second in table

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ALBION ROVERS 0, BERWICK RANGERS 3

Berwick moved up to second place in the league with a deserved victory over Albion Rovers at Coatbridge on Saturday.

It was Rangers’ first away league victory of the season and prompted manager Ian Little to predict that there is still more to come.

Second half goals by Kenny O’Brien and Scott Dalziel saw the Borderers pick up maximum points.

Over recent weeks Little has praised Berwick players for their home form (they have scored eight goals in their last two matches at Shielfield), but claimed they needed to step it up a gear on the road.

“This is the sort of form I knew we were capable of producing away from home,” he said.

“Now we have shown we can do it, there is no reason why we shouldn’t continue playing like this, there is certainly more to come from this squad.”

“We were the better side in the second half, scored two goals and were unlucky when we also hit the woodwork.

“This win will certainly give the players a boost to their confidence and hopefully we can use it to build on for the rest of the season.”

Not surprisingly, Berwick fielded a similar side to that which beat Annan 4-2 at home in their last game a fortnight earlier.

Berwick keeper Paul Grant was called into action after 13 minutes, making a good save from David Crawford after central defender Stephen Tulloch failed to make proper contact with an attempted back pass header.

Minutes later Stevie Notman got in for Berwick at the other end with a left foot shot which was saved by Albion keeper Neil Parry, a header from the loose ball being cleared off the line.

Berwick did manage to get the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside, and Grant had to come to Rangers’ rescue again when he saved from a one of one situation with the breaking Mark McGuigan.

Grant also saved Berwick just before half-time when he spread himself well to deny Liam Cusack.

Berwick emerged after the break in a more positive frame of mind and captain Lee Currie had a shot well saved by Parry after being set up by Dalziel.

The resulting corner was cleared off the line, before Notman hit the bar.

Berwick took the lead on 62 minutes when O’Brien found the net from a tight angle. Currie played the ball through, O’Brien ran onto it and despite Parry forcing him wide he still managed to find the target.

Fullback Devon Jacobs made a good block from a shot by Rovers’ Michael Dunlop, but the home side, who were relegated at the end of last season, just couldn’t find a way through the Berwick back four and the visitors, with Notman looking supreme in midfield, sealed their victory with a second goal deep into injury time..

Midfielder Neil Janczyk took a short pass from a free kick,.

He scuffed his shot, but it fell kindly for striker Dalziel, who knocked in his fourth of the season.