Rangers to appeal card

Chris Townsley going for a header during Berwick Rangers away game at Clyde
Chris Townsley going for a header during Berwick Rangers away game at Clyde

Berwick Rangers are set to appeal a red card which could rob them of their captain Chris Townsley for the rest of the season.

Townsley was shown a straight red by referee Andrew Dallas, allegedly for comments made as the players and officials left the pitch at Broadwood on Saturday.

Feelings were obviously running high after Berwick conceded an 86th minute goal, consigning them to their third successive defeat.

They were beaten 2-1, a result which leaves them trailing fourth-placed Montrose in the race for the end of season play-offs by three points.

Manager Ian Little said: “An official came to the dressing room and said the referee wanted to speak to Chris.

“He was shown a straight red card, allegedly for foul and abusive language.

“If that was true I do not condone it, but later Chris told me what he was being accused of was completely untrue.”

Assistant manager Robbie Horn added: “From what we can understand the referee didn’t hear any comments himself. He was simply acting on a report from his linesman, but there were three or four other players around at the time and they said Chris never said what he is alleged to have said.”

Little and Horn have discussed the situation with club directors and officials and the likelihood is that an appeal will be lodged in due course.

Whether or that is successful remains to be seen, but if Rangers don’t appeal or an appeal is lost, the chances are Townsley could miss the remaining vital games during the run-in.

“One of the problems I have is I don’t know exactly how many games big Chris is going to miss, said Little. “It’s definitely two games , but I need to check if a suspension also kicks in because I think he was only one booking away and it could mean him missing the rest of the season.”