Berwick Rangers 2, Queen’s Park 0
ON form Berwick made it four home wins in a row when they beat fellow play--off hopefuls Queens Park in their top of the table clash at Shielfield.
Goals by Dylan Easton and Neil Janczyk in the second half saw Rangers make it five unbeaten, thereby strengthening their claims for an end of season play-off place.
But manager Ian Little was also delighted with the fact that his side kept their third clean sheet in a week.
“It’s always nice to win games,” he said, “but it’s all the better when you keep the opposition out as well.
“The back four have been really solid over the past few games and that has been the base on which we have built.”
Berwick showed two changes from the side which beat Montrose 4-0 on Saturday with Andy McLean in for Chris Townsley in central defence and Lee Currie returning for leading scorer Darren Lavery who was ill.
The game had been in some doubt until a pitch inspection earlier in the day but the surface held up well, and Little praised the efforts of the ground staff for the work they put in to ensure the match went ahead.
Berwick started off the brighter of the two sides in the first half and in the opening ten minutes they had three good chances.
The best of these fell to striker Scott Dalziel who latched onto a through ball from Dylan Easton, but his shot from inside the box was blocked by the legs of Queen’s goalkeeper Neil Parry.
Fraser McLaren, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, pulled a shot wide and an Easton free kick from the left also caused problems in the Spiders’ defence.
At the other end James Brough had a free header from a corner but put it over the crossbar and Jamie Longworth saw a header saved by Marc McCallum on his line and at half-time it was 0-0.
At the start of the second half Currie flicked the ball through on the edge of the box, Easton twisted and turned and his left foot shot was curling into the far corner until Parry clawed it away.
Easton broke the deadlock after 60 minutes when he scored direct from a corner, the ball bouncing in front of Andy McLean before finding the net.
He might have had a second a few minutes later when Currie slipped the ball through to him in the box, but he delayed his shot and Andrew Robertson cleared off the line.
Janczyk rammed the ball into the roof of the net for the second when the Queens’ defence failed to clear another Easton corner after 77 minutes.
Queen’s tried to rally and substitute Aidan Connolly shot into the side netting following a break down the right, but with the home back four standing firm the Glasgow side were unable to find a way through.
After the game Little said: “It was stalemate early on but a bit of magic from Dylan (Easton) turned the game our way.
“We are on a good run at the moment and have turned our season around over the past three weeks, but the key now is to try and keep it going.”
Queens Park boss Gardner Spiers said: “We can have no complaints, as Berwick thoroughly deserved their win. We showed a lack of concentration at two corners and were punished when they scored two goals.”
Berwick: McCallum 7, Jacobs 7, Gielty 6, McLean 7, Brydon 7, Currie 7, Notman 7, Janczyk 7, McLaren 6 (Addison 81), Dalziel 6 (Morris 89) Easton 8 (McDonald 81).
Queen’s Park - Parry, Gallacher, Robertson, Little, Brough, McParland, Shankland (Connolly 76), Anderson, Longworth, Keenan, Burns (Spittal 68).
Referee - Alan Muir.
Att - 456.