Another loss as Rangers' run of poor form continues in league

Berwick Rangers 0-3 Clyde

Monday, 14th January 2019, 2:11 pm
Updated Monday, 14th January 2019, 2:13 pm

Berwick’s run of poor form continued when they went down to a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of title challengers Clyde at Shielfield on Saturday.

And afterwards, manager Johnny Harvey admitted: “The run we are on (no wins in the last six games and only two points out of 18) is hard to take, but we have to be realistic and accept we were playing a good Clyde side with some quality players.

“We need to get out of this rut, but we know it isn’t going to be easy.

“We have been hit by injuries and suspensions, and one of the injuries, to Declan O’Kane, is likely to keep him out for up to eight weeks.

“Ideally I would like to bring in some more fresh faces, but we are not going to solve all our problems in the January transfer window - as a club we are work in progress, and in the longer picture I am looking at what we might be doing in the summer as well, with an eye towards next season.

“The players again showed plenty of commitment, and at times I thought we carried a bigger threat than we have done in some recent games, but there’s no getting away from it, we need to improve.”

The Bully Wee were in complete control throughout and took the points with two first half goals from Chris McStay and David Goodwillie and a last minute free kick from John Rankin.

The win leaves Clyde five points adrift of leaders Edinburgh City, whilst Berwick remain second from bottom, seven points clear of basement side Albion Rovers

Clyde were first to show their hand with John Rankin firing in a shot from outside the box after only three minutes which Kyle Allison did well to push away.

And after a period of sustained early pressure the opening goal came after nine minutes when a free kick from Rankin was spilled by Allison and McStay followed up to net the loose ball on the rebound.

Goodwillie and McStay then both had shots off target from outside the box as Clyde continued to press.

On 23 minutes Berwick made a claim for a penalty when Lewis Barr went down on a run into the box, but referee Barry Cook waved their pleas aside.

After 26 minutes the visitors had a great chance to extend their lead when Goodwillie headed over from only two yards out after a corner was headed back across the goal to him following a corner.

Craig Hume headed wide for Berwick from a corner whilst at the other end Allison saved well from Rankin.

Clyde then doubled their lead on 36 minutes when a ball was slipped through the middle and Goodwillie slid it past Allison.

Just four minutes later Goodwillie had a chance to make it three when Berwick failed to cut out a through ball and the striker ran through, Allison pushing his shot onto a post before going out for a corner.

Allison also saved from Jack Boyle as he broke into the box and at half-time it remained 0-2.

Early in the second half Clyde again pressed from the start. McStay had a shot saved by Allison and Jordan Orru had to clear another attempt off the line.

Goodwillie also pulled a shot wide on the break whilst McStay had a long range effort parried by an overworked Allison, but they were unable to add to their tally until the 91st minute when Rankin fired in an unstoppable free kick from 22 yards out past a helpless home keeper.

Berwick: Allison, Forbes, Orru, Hume, Knox (Valentine 57), Willis, Phillips, Cook, Barr, Healy (Neill 83), Ogilvie (Rose 73).

Referee: Barry Cook.

Attendance: 538.