Rangers force way back into play-off picture

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BERWICK RANGERS 4 QUEENS PARK 1: Berwick kept their play-off hopes alive with a battling performance against second-placed Queens Park at Shielfield on Saturday.

The victory hauled Ian Little’s side back up to fourth place in the table but they now face what the manager describes as ‘a massive game’ this weekend against Elgin, who are currently just one point and two places behind them in the race for a top four finish.

This was a must win game for Berwick, who had slipped down the table and were looking to bounce back after three successive defeats.

They got off to a disastrous start, conceding after only four minutes when Alan Urquhart rifled the ball low into the bottom corner after latching onto a low ball cut back to him in the box.

But Berwick responded superbly and three first half strikes and another early in the second half saw them turn things around.

Within six minutes they were level when Stevie Notman ran onto a flick through by striker Dareen Lavery and slotted the ball past the advancing Parry.

Lavery gave them a 2-1 lead after 12 minutes when he produced a sublime chip from 25 yards out, lifting the ball over the stranded Parry who could not get back in time to recover.

The third goal came after 31 minutes when Lavery rushed down a clearance 30 yards out. It looked like the chance was lost, but after regaining his composure he managed to square the ball to Currie who finished with a first time shot.

Notman scored again only five minutes into the second half when a cross from Fraser McLaren on the right was headed down by Lavery at the back post and he tucked it away from close range.

Tony Quinn, twice and Jamie Longworth all had half chances to try and claw the visitors back into contention, but they all failed to hit the target. Late in the game Quinn rose above the Berwick defence but his header bounced off the top of the crossbar. Berwick’s other best chance fell to Lavery whose shot on the run was well saved by Parry.

Berwick: McCallum 7, Jacobs 8, Gielty 6, Townsley 7, McLean 6, Currie 7, McLaren 7 (Morris 80) Janczyk 7, Lavery 8 (Dalziel 74) Easton 8 (McDonald 74), Notman 8.

Queens Park: Parry, Spittal, Robertson, Little, Bradley (Gibson 45) Capuano, McKenna (Burns 45) Keenan, Longworth, Quinn, Urquhart (Connolly 69).

Referee: Mike Tumilty.

Attendance: 623