BERWICK RANGERS 4 CLYDE 3
Berwick’s recent upturn in their fortunes manifested itself with a gutsy 4-3 home win over Clyde at Shielfield on Tuesday which cemented their mid-table position.
Two goals from Greg Rutherford, plus strikes from Gary Phillips and Steven Thomson earned Rangers another three points which took them 12 points clear of bottom club Cowdenbeath, who they face at home on Saturday.
“It was a big win for us,” said boss John Coughlin, “and for the first time this season I honestly think we can say we are now looking at the teams above us rather than those who are below.”
Berwick opened the scoring in 16 minutes when Phillips, after good work by Rutherford, found the bottom corner with a shot on the angle.
Clyde went close twice before Rutherford made it 2-0 after 29 minutes when he too found the bottom corner of the net after taking a pass from strike partner Aaron Murrell.
But the Bully Wee, who have been on a poor run lately, culminating in the departure of manager Barry Ferguson, fought back and they got themselves on level terms at 2-2 when Chris Smith netted from close range after 32 minutes and Pat Scullion directed the ball into his own net just three minutes later.
However, just two minutes after that Thomson restored Berwick’s advantage at 3-2 following an assist by Darren Lavery, and that was the way it remained to half-time, despite Thomson having another effort saved in the bottom corner just a minute before the break.
Ten minutes into the second half Thomson was forced to leave the field with an injury, but in 71 minutes Rutherford struck again to make it 4-2 and a home win seemed assured.
Scott McLaughlin shot wide for Clyde and David Gormley pulled a goal back after 82 minutes, turning in a cross from McLaughlin, which made for a nervous finale, but Berwick managed to hang on for a deserved win.
“Clyde made us work hard,” said Coughlin. “If we can to show the same levels of performance over the next few games, we should be able to make an impression on the teams sitting above us in the table.”
Berwick: Walker, Spark, Scullion, McKinlay, Hamilton, Notman (McKirdy 88), Lavery, Thomson (Orru 55), Phillips, Rutherford, Murrell (Watt 81).