JUST a few hours after it was announced that his contract was being extended until the end of next season, Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little watched his team go down 4-1 at home to Queen’s Park. Now without a win in eight games, the defeat drops Rangers down to seventh in the Third Division table and all but ends any faint hopes of making the play-offs.
The board of directors announced at lunchtime on Saturday that the contracts of both Little and his assistant Robbie Horn have been extended until the end of the current season and for season 2012/13.
Both were initially installed until the end of the season, when the club said they would make a further announcement. But following a board meeting on Saturday, at which Little and Horn made a presentation with their views on how to take the club forward, they were handed long-term roles.
Chairman Brian Porteous said: “Ian and Robbie are young and hungry and we think they deserve their chance.”
But news about the management did nothing to inspire the team, who were totally outplayed in the second half at Shielfield. It was goalless at the break, but Queen’s Park dominated the second periond and ran out deserved 4-1 winners.
Queen’s Park took the lead thanks to James Brough’s close-range finish in a goalmouth melee after the home defence had failed to clear Martin McBride’s 54th-minute corner. The advantage was short-lived, however, as David Greenhill levelled for Rangers three minutes later when he found space to head home a Damon Gray cross.
Martin McBride restored the visitors’ advantage just passed the hour when Michael Deland lost control of the ball out on the wing leaving Owen Ronald space to send in a perfect pass. Berwick defender Jordon Forster then headed into his own net on 64 minutes to extend the visitors’ lead. Substitute Michael Daly added number four when he applied the finish to Jamie Longworth’s assist in the 79th minute with his first touch of the match.
Berwick Rangers: J Barclay, M Deland, C McGlinchey, J Forster, C Townsley, L Currie, D Greenhill (K McDonald 66), S Notman, D Gray, S Noble (D Gribben 65), R Gray (J Ferguson 79).