Rangers hope to bounce back at Annan

BERWICK will hope to overcome the disappointment and frustration they felt from Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Elgin when they travel to take on Annan at Galabank this weekend.

BERWICK will hope to overcome the disappointment and frustration they felt from Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Elgin when they travel to take on Annan at Galabank this weekend.

Athletic were on the receiving end, beaten 5-1 by Stirling Albion on the opening day of the season, so both sides will go out with a point to prove.

Rangers kicked off their Third Division campaign when they drew a blank against Elgin at Shielfield – remarkably their first home 0-0 in five years!

The last goalless home draw was, ironically, also against Elgin, in April 2007, in what was the club’s championship winning season.

Afterwards Rangers assistant manager Robbie Horn admitted it was not the start they had hoped for. “So far this season we have scored goals in every game we have played in pre-season and in the cups,” he said.

“We were looking for all three points to kick-start our season, so to only take a point with a 0-0 draw against ten men is frustrating and disappointing, not only for the players, but the management and fans as well.

“We lacked a cutting edge, I think everyone could see that. But that’s the first time that has 
happened this season so far so we will have to look at the situation and try to work on it before the next game.”

Rangers went into the match against Elgin on the back of two cup defeats against Queen’s Park and Raith Rovers – one was in a penalty shoot-out and the other a 4-3 defeat after leading three times against First Division opposition.

“We continued to play football in the manner in which we have been playing,” said Horn. “We got the ball down and passed it well, but Elgin, after going down to 
ten men, dug in and made it 
very difficult for us.

“We had a few chances in the first half which might have come back to haunt us, but at the end of the day we have to take the point and move on.

“We were a little bit short-handed with three players suspended and Stuart Noble still out injured.

“But once we get the suspended players back, and Stuart returns to action, which should be in about two or three weeks time, we will have a lot more options available to us.”

Steve Notman, who missed Saturday’s game against Elgin, will be unavailable for the trip to Annan as he is still suspended.

Berwick had been expecting manager Ian Little to return to take charge on Saturday after missing the Ramsdens Cup and League Cup fixtures due to a family wedding and holiday in America.

But his return flight was delayed by 24 hours which meant he did not return until 12 noon on Saturday, just a few hours 
before kick-off, and so it was left to Horn to take control of match-day affairs.

Little will now be back at the helm for the match against Annan, and for the build-up to the next home game, which will be against newco Rangers at Shielfield on Sunday, August 26.