Rangers now face a fight for their league survival

Annan Athletic 2-1 Berwick Rangers

Sunday, 16th April 2017, 10:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 19:30 pm
Berwick Rangers Fooball Club Crest

Berwick Rangers face a dramatic run-in to the end of the season, one which could determine their league future.

Defeat at Annan on Saturday, coupled with wins for the bottom three clubs (Clyde, Edinburgh City and Cowdenbeath) means Rangers have dropped to ninth in the Scottish League Two table, just three points above basement side Cowdenbeath.

“We have Clyde and Edinburgh City to play in our last two games,” said manager John Coughlin, “but before that we face Montrose at home on Saturday.

“These are now three vitally important games for the club. A few weeks ago we almost looked safe, but now we are fighting for our survival.

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“No one wants to finish bottom and go into the end of season play-offs, that could be disastrous.”

After a goalless first half at Galabank, Berwick fell behind in the 52nd minute when Darren Ramsay converted from the penalty spot after Lee Hamilton fouled Aidan Smith in the box.

On 68 minutes Berwick managed to haul themselves level when Steven Thomson struck a sweet free kick into the top corner of the net, but the joy was short-lived, when just two minutes later, Annan regained the initiative with Smith scoring from an acute angle after being set up by Ramsay.

“It was another disappointing result for us,” admitted Coughlin, “and of course, things couldn’t have got any worse with the bottom three sides all winning to put even more pressure on us.

“It was annoying to concede another penalty, because we have given away a lot this season.

“I thought we might take something when we got back on level terms, but it was disappointing to concede again just a few minutes later.

“It is now time for us to stand up and be counted. There are no hiding places, we just have to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in because we want to avoid the bottom spot at all costs.”

Annan: Currie, Black, Krissian, Bronsky, Lucas (Cuddihy 39), Wright (McKenna 78), Ramsay, Skelton, Flanagan (Omar 67), Weatherson (Osadolor 88), Smith.

Berwick: Brennan, Hamilton, McKinlay (Verlaque 46), Scullion, Spark, Notman, McKirdy (McKenna 21), Lavery, Phillips (Murrell 84), Thomson, Rutherford.

Referee: J McKendrick.

Attendance: 460.