Coughlin angry at referee call

John Coughlin
John Coughlin

Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin was critical of referee Colin Stevenson for his handling of Saturday’s home match against play-off hopefuls Elgin.

Berwick lost to the City slickers for the third time this season when they went down 1-0 at Shielfield.

Afterwards Coughlin said: “I’m not one for calling referees, but I thought we didn’t get the rub of the green at all. I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half, and there were a few other decisions which went against us.

“After last week’s win over Forfar it was a disappointment not to take anything from the game, because I thought we were no better, no worse than Elgin were. The difference was we conceded a sloppy goal.

“Neither side looked to have a cutting edge. Chances were at a premium, which was why one goal was probably going to win it one way or the other. Unfortunately for us it was Elgin who scored, which means we are looking over our shoulders again in the bottom half of the table.

“We still haven’t managed to win back to back games this season - this was another opportunity gone. Now we have three vital games coming up, against Edinburgh City, Clyde and Cowdenbeath, and I think they will be pivotal to our season. We will also have to play two of them without Michael McKenna after his sending off, and that’s something else we will have to overcome.”

Rangers travel to take on Edinburgh City in the capital on Saturday, with the rearranged home game against Clyde now scheduled for next Tuesday (March 7) with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Captain Pat Scullion added: “I thought we deserved to take something from the game (against Elgin).

“We have been playing well over the past two or three weeks, but we just don’t seem to be getting the breaks. We might have had a penalty and we kept the ball moving but couldn’t get it over the line.

“If we continue to play the way we have there is no reason we can’t string some decent results together.”