Little asks for final push

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Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little is urging his team for one more big effort to seal 
a play-off place by beating 
Annan Athletic this weekend.

Berwick know a win over Annan in their final home game of the season on Saturday would put them in an almost unassailable position going into the last game of the league campaign away to champions Rangers at Ibrox.

Saturday’s 2-1 away win over Elgin leaves the Shielfield Park side three points clear of fifth placed Montrose with only two games to go, but Berwick have a far superior goal difference of 14 in their favour.

Should Berwick clinch fourth they face the second bottom team in the Second Division, probably East Fife, in a play-off semi-final over two legs. The winners would face Queen’s Park or Peterhead in the final, with promotion the prize for the winners.

“I said before the Elgin game that we faced two cup finals,” said Little. “Well, that’s one down, one to go, and if we can win our next game at home to Annan as well, and other results go our way, we could clinch a play-off place this weekend.

“It’s all about results at this stage of the season, but the players have shown their true character over the past couple of weeks after what was a difficult spell for us.

“If we can keep it going we might just be able to achieve what has been our target all season”

Just six weeks ago Rangers were in danger of dropping almost to the foot of the table, but an unbeaten run of six matches, including three midweek wins in a row, hauled them back into contention.

They then lost three in a row and it looked as if their bubble had burst. But back-to -back wins over play-off rivals Queen’s Park and Annan have lifted them to within touching distance of a top-four finish.

“The players have always had belief in themselves,” added Little. “I know they are all good individual players, but it has just been getting them to gel as a unit and find consistency which has been the key.

“Consistency is a big problem in this league as every team is capable of beating each other on their day.

“But we have played reasonably well all season, and at times some of the quality of our football has been first class.

“Now we are almost there it is just a case of seeing the job through and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to do it.

“I have always said I would like to see us get the points on the board before going to Ibrox for the final game of the season. Having to go there and get a point would be putting a lot of pressure on us.

“But now we know what we have to do and if we beat 
Annan, which we are capable of, we will be there and I am sure that will be good for 
everyone at the club.”