New striker makes himself immediate hit
Albion Rovers 3-5 Berwick Rangers
Berwick manager Robbie Horn was full of praise for the battling qualities shown by his side in their 5-3 away win over bottom of the table Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill on Saturday.
And in particular he singled out new striker Cedwyn Scott, who just 24 hours after signing for the club, came off the bench to play a key role in the victory.
Scott, signed on loan from Premiership side Dundee, scored just a minute after being introduced with Rangers trailing 3-2.
He then set up Rangers’ fourth and also bagged the fifth on an impressive debut.
“One of the problems we have had so far this season has been our inability to score goals,” said Horn.
“But we have scored five today and Cedwyn has made an immediate impact by coming off the bench, scoring two and setting up another.
“We knew that this was not going to be an easy match, I said before the start Albion would make it difficult for us, and twice they got themselves in front.
“We had to earn the right to play and to win, and everyone dug deep for that victory.”
It was tenth v eighth in the table at kick-off and Albion, after losing their opening four games, were looking for their first goal of the season.
They only had three minutes to wait before their broke their duck when Alan Murdoch fired in a left foot shot from a central position following a corner.
Jamie Watson pulled a shot wide for Albion and Gary Phillips had a shot saved by home keeper Daniel Potts before Phillips equalised for Rangers on 13 minutes after being set by Paul Willis.
And it was Willis who was to put Berwick into the lead from the penalty spot on 25 minutes after he picked himself up from a foul in the box by Potts.
John Neill had a shot saved by Potts after half an hour, but Paul McGeough shot wide and then had another effort saved by Berwick keeper Ali Adams before Bryan Wharton fired over for the home side.
Rovers eventually hauled themselves level at 2-2 on 38 minutes when Lewis McLear shot into the bottom corner.
And five minutes into the second half they found themselves in front again when, on the break, Graham Gracie found the net from 35 yards out.
There were then chances at both ends before Berwick’s new signing, Scott, made an immediate impression, netting for 3-3 on the hour, just a minute after coming off the bench for his debut.
Willis put a free kick into the box and Scott, from a central position, headed past Potts.
Berwick then sensed they might be able to eke out a winner and Willis, Phillips and Scott all shot wide as they pressed forward.
A fourth duly arrived on 78 minutes when Daryl Healy bagged his first league goal for the club after being set up by Scott.
Scott then made the game safe when he netted his second, and Berwick’s fifth after 86 minutes, finding the bottom corner with a low shot.
The victory lifted Berwick up to seventh place in the table and Horn added: “Hopefully this will give everyone at the club a lift. We go out to try and win every game, but this was one we knew everyone would be earmarking as a winnable fixture, even though we knew Albion would not be a pushover. It’s a very pleasing result, hopefully it will give us a platform to build on.”