Woeful Berwick hit for six in crushing defeat

Lee Currie scored two free-kicks, but also conceded a penalty
Lee Currie scored two free-kicks, but also conceded a penalty

Stirling Albion 6, Berwick Rangers 3

They were up against a team who had not won since October 6 and are bottom of the Third Division, but Berwick Rangers were on the receiving end of a crushing defeat at Forthbank in what must rank as their worst performance of the season.

Lee Currie scored from two free-kicks and Darren Lavery was also on target for the visitors in a thrilling game for Stirling fans but an excruciating one to watch for those supporting the team in black and gold.

In a remarkable match, Berwick were forced to play catch up as Stirling took the initiative from the start. It was 4-2 at half time, and although Currie’s second goal in the 56th minute gave Rangers a chance to salvage something from the game the same player gave away a penalty for handball 12 minutes later.

Berwick felt aggrieved by the decision, but when Jordan White converted the penalty it was all over. Another goal in the 82nd minute was the final nail in the coffin.

In what was only Stirling’s third league win of the season, teenage winger Stephen Day started the scoring spree when he held off a defender to fire home a low shot after 17 minutes. It sparked spark a crazy spell of scoring at both ends.

Berwick were level when Lavery drilled in a 20-yarder, but within 60 seconds Stirling were back in front thanks to Gary Thom’s header from a Kieran McAnespie corner.

It was 2-2 when former Berwick goalkeeper Mark Peat couldn’t keep out Currie’s free-kick, but in 36 minutes Albion were ahead for the third time, the ball going in off White after Scott Davidson’s shot was blocked.

Mark Ferry increased the home side’s lead when he headed home from a corner in first-half stoppage time, but Currie’s 30-yard strike from another free-kick early in the second period had Rangers back in the match at 4-3.

Day, already on a booking, was perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow for a foul on Ross Gray and Berwick felt hard done by again when Currie was penalised for handball in the box. White made a perfect job of the penalty.

An afternoon to forget was completed when Steven Weir got the final touch to a shot from brother Graham.

Stirling Albion: Peat, McGeachie, McAnespie, McClune, Thom, Bishop, G Weir, Ferry, White (Brass 87), Davidson (S Weir 76), Day (Flood 71). Subs (not used): Allison, Filler.

Scorers: Day 17, Thom 25, White 36, pen 78, Ferry 45, S Weir 82

Berwick Rangers: Bejaoui, Jacobs (McLean 61), Hoskins, Brydon, Townsley, Currie, Notman, McDonald, Lavery (McLaren 74), Ferguson (Carse 61), Gray. Subs not used: Janczyk, McCaldon.

Scorers: Lavery 24, Currie 28, 56.

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance: 427