Berwick boss Colin Cameron was at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy on Tuesday night to see the Reserves play their penultimate match in the SPFL Reserve League.
Berwick opened the scoring but were ultimately undone by the Raith spearhead of Greig Spence and Gordon Smith who between them scored all five home goals.
In the 12th minute, Damian Gielty forwarded a free kick to Ewan Saunderson whose low cross from the right wing was tucked away in style by Josh Morris.
Rangers’ keeper Billy Bald made a spectacular one-handed save from Spence to produce the game’s first corner. Another corner from Fraser Mullen on 25 minutes resulted in Smith heading in the equaliser. Ten minutes later, Stephen Tulloch was left floundering as the menacing Spence put the home side ahead.
Berwick were unlucky to be 2-1 down at the interval after Gielty dribbled through three players only to see his delivery travel just beyond the far post.
Two goals inside a minute early in the second half effectively killed off the visitors. Smith beat two men en route to the edge of the goal area before his short pass presented Spence with an easy goal. Next, the Berwick defence was caught out by a higher pass which set Smith away for the Fifers’ fourth goal.
Bald denied Spence a hat trick with a point blank save but on the hour, Smith did achieve a personal treble. Stephen Tulloch’s bad night continued when he gifted the ball to Spence who played it on to his strike partner to finish off.
Raith’s dynamic duo were then substituted allowing Berwick scope to get back into the game. Their best chance of a second goal went begging when the tiring Conor Scott was unable to cash in on a Morris header.
Berwick Res: Bald, Brady, Saunderson, S.Tulloch (Scanlan 75), Fairbairn, Elliot (Downie--trialist 46 ), Scott, Gielty, Carse (G.Tulloch 70), Morris, O’Brien.