Rangers hope to remain unbeaten to Alloa

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BERWICK Rangers face the prospect of taking on run-away leaders and already crowned Third Division champions, Alloa Athletic, this weekend.

Alloa clinched the title with an 8-1 demolition of Elgin at Recreation Park on Saturday, and Rangers manager Ian Little says that shows the size of the task facing his players.

But, some might say quite remarkably, Berwick are the only side in the league not to have tasted defeat at the hands of the champions this season.

“We have managed to contain them on the three occasions we have met already,” said Little, “but of course that counts for nothing. It’s all about what happens on the day.

“At the start of the season Alloa looked the strongest side in the division and so it has proved, but it would be nice if we could go through the campaign without losing to them.”

Little praised his battling Borderers who fought back to earn a point against Annan on Saturday despite playing half the match with only 10 men.

“I thought we showed tremendous character and might easily have come away with all three points,” he said.

“I was disappointed when we went behind to what can only be described as a dubious penalty decision.

“Chris Townsley complained to the referee about the spot kick and was shown a yellow card and unfortunately he picked up another for a challenge only four minutes into the second half and was sent off,” commented the Rangers manager.

“On this occasion I thought we lacked the cutting edge up front but considering we were a man down for a long spell I certainly am not complaining.

“We used the ball sensibly under the circumstances and kept control well.”