Rangers sunk by penalty at Peterhead

Peterhead 1

Berwick Rangers 0

BERWICK slipped to a disappointing defeat when they travelled to Peterhead for a re-arranged game on Tuesday.

Rangers were looking for a victory over the basement club to give their play-off hopes a boost.

But they were denied when they conceded a penalty two minutes into first half stoppage time, which was converted by Rory McAllister.

The spot kick was awarded when Andy McLean brought down James Redman.

Darren Gribben had the first chance of the night with a chip from the edge of the box after four minutes, but it was easily collected by Raymond Jellema.

The home keeper did well to push Steven Notman’s header around a post shortly afterwards, before Peterhead hit back and took control.

Their best early chance came when Scott Ross sent a header over the crossbar from six yards.

Berwick goalkeeper Jamie Barclay pulled off a stunning save to deny Bryan Deasley from close in just before the break, but he was beaten from the penalty spot moments later.

In the second half David Ross should have done better with a close-range header, while Barclay did well to keep out fierce efforts from Graeme Sharp and Ross.

The victory, only Peterhead’s second of the season, lifted them off the foot of the table.

Rangers will have been looking to take something from this match and they will now be hoping they can bounce back when they travel to take on Annan on Christmas Eve,

Berwick Rangers: Barclay, Elliot Smith (Deland 15),Townsley, McLean, Thompson, Notman, Greenhill (Damon Gray 70), Currie, McDonald, Gribben (McLaren 70), Noble.

Referee: George Salmond.

Attendance: 438.