BERWICK striker Darren Lavery has his sights firmly set on being the Third Divisions’ leading goalscorer this season.
The 21 year-old netted twice in Rangers’ 3-3 home draw against Clyde on Saturday, taking his tally for the campaign to 14.
Of those, 13 have been in the league, putting him just two behind the division’s top marksman, Andrew Little of Rangers, who also bagged two in his side’s 4-0 home win over Queen’s Park.
“That’s something I could only have dreamed of a year ago,” he said.
“I have been scoring regularly all season, but that’s the first time I have scored twice in the same game.
“It’s nice to get the brace, but the most important thing for me was to get that monkey off my back.”
This time last year Lavery was playing with the reserves and was only being used as a bit player by then manager Jimmy Crease.
“It was difficult for me when I first got into the first team because I couldn’t get a regular start,” he said.
“But ‘Yano,’ (manager Ian Little) always believed in me and he gave me my chance.
“He has shown a lot of faith in me and I hope I can now repay him by going on and scoring a few more goals before the season’s end.
“It’s great to be up there with the likes of Little and Lee McCulloch, who has also scored 13, but it’s hard to believe.
“I keep looking at the leading score chart and find it hard to believe that it’s me up there with them. Hopefully I can score a few more because it would be great if I could finish the year top of the pile.”
Manager Ian Little admitted to feeling ‘disappointed and frustrated’ after watching his side twice let the lead slip against Clyde.
Berwick led 2-1 and 3-2 after trailing 1-0 at half-time and Little said he may have been a little bit naive in not asking his players to ‘go more defensive and shut up shop.’
“But we were playing so well and were so much on top that I didn’t think it was necessary,” he said.
“We played some of our best football of the season and created so many chances, especially in the first half.
“We showed some real quality in our play, and there was also quality in the goals we scored, but at the end of the day the most important thing is the result, and we didn’t get the win we deserved.
“If you score three goals at home you should win most games, but football is so unpredictable at times. We conceded three, and that’s why I am disappointed and frustrated.”
This week Berwick will hope to get back to winning ways when they go to Hampden to face play-off hopefuls Queen’s Park.
This will be another difficult fixture, but Rangers have shown in recent games that they have the quality, what they need to do now is show they have the pedigree and the desire to last the course.
Meanwhile, Berwick have confirmed that striker Stuart Noble has left the club ‘by mutual consent.’
Noble, who has been struggling for fitness for most of the season, had only featured in a handful of games and Little said that with the arrival of new front man Scott Dalziel it was decided best to let him go.
“I spoke with Stuart and we decided it was best all round that there was a parting of the ways,” said Little. “It was a pity things didn’t work out, but we wish him well for the future.”