Lack of goals is a concern for Rangers after another defeat
Stirling Albion 2-0 Berwick Rangers
Berwick manager Robbie Horn was again left to ponder a number of failed conversions which cost his side dearly on their visit to Forthbank to face Stirling on Saturday.
Rangers have now failed to find the net in each of their last four games and Horn admitted afterwards: “The lack of goals is a concern. We are creating chances but just not taking them.”
Darren Smith struck twice with a goal in each half to lift Stirling back into the top four, whilst the defeat left Rangers in seventh place with 21 points from their 18 games.
Stirling started the brighter of the two sides and early chances fell to Steven Noble, who fired over, and Peter MacDonald, who headed wide.
The home side were forced into make a substitution when Liam Caddis replaced Andrew Black because of injury after 21 minutes, and just three minutes later Albion took the lead when Smith shot low into the bottom corner after being set up by MacDonald.
On 34 minutes Smith shot high and wide as the Binos went in search of a second, whilst Darren Lavery had a rare strike for Berwick which was saved in the bottom corner by Binnie.
Caddis and William Robertson also went close as Stirling continued to make most of the running, but at the break it remained 1-0.
In the second half Michael McKenna shot wide for Berwick after 53 minutes, and Ross Smith pulled a shot wide for Stirling.
But it was a second goal for Darren Smith after 58 minutes, when he shot into the top corner of the net after being set up by Ross McGeachie, which virtually guaranteed the victory.
McKenna and Andy Irving both went close as Berwick tried to respond. Irving also had a shot from outside the box saved, whilst Steven Thomson, one of three Berwick substitutions, also had a shot saved and shot wide. Another sub, Aaron Murrell, also had a shot blocked, but by then Stirling had just about shut up shop.
Late in the game, former Berwick player Lee Hamilton was denied a possible third goal for the home side when Robby McCrorie saved his header, whilst Caddis was also denied by the Rangers’ stopper.
“We can’t win games if we don’t score goals,” said Horn, “so that is something we have to look at. No goals in the last four matches is a worry, it’s definitely something we have to try and address.”
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Noble (Banner 74), McNeil, R Smith, Hamilton, Black (Caddis 21), MacDonald, D Smith (Dickson 68), Kavanagh, Robertson.
Berwick: McCrorie, McKinlay, Fairbairn, Wilson, Notman, Godinho, Stewart (Philips 67), Irving, McDonald (Murrell 64), Lavery (Thomson 64), McKenna.
Referee: David Munro.
* Berwick Rangers’ Supporters’ Trust will hold its annual general meeting on Saturday (January 20) in the Jeff Burnlees Lounge at Shielfield, commencing at 11am. The meeting is open to all current Trust members and new members joining on the day. Guests will include club chairman Len Eyre and manager Robbie Horn.