Keeper injury blow as Rangers lose to Annan
Berwick Rangers 1-2 Annan Athletic
Annan cemented their fourth place in Scottish League 2 with a workmanlike victory over Berwick at Shielfield on Tuesday.
The defeat meant Rangers have now only collected two points out of a possible 33 and they remain in a relegation dogfight with Albion Rovers, who they face in a crucial game this weekend.
Tommy Muir gave Athletic the lead midway through the first half and Kyle Bradley doubled their advantage midway through the second before Callum Adamson pulled a goal back for Berwick.
But there was an injury blow for Rangers when goalkeeper Kyle Allison had to leave the field midway through the second half with a dislocated knee.
The injury still has to be fully assessed, but manager Johnny Harvey said afterwards there was a possibility he might not be able to play again this season.
Annan made a bright start with Allison saving from Muir and Aidan Smith headed narrowly wide.
They took the lead after 26 minutes when Muir headed in a cross from the right by David Wilson
Two minutes later Annan had the ball in the net again from a corner, but referee Scott Millar blew for a foul.
On 40 minutes Allison was forced into another save as Wallace sent in a low shot from distance on the left and just a minute later Cameron Blues had Berwick’s best chance of the half when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box, but he sliced his shot well wide.
Goalmouth action in the second half was at a premium although Allison had to save well from a snap shot by Muir.
The visitors doubled their advantage after 73 minutes when Bradley side-footed the ball into the corner after being set up by Aidan Smith.
On 78 minutes Berwick, on the break, gave themselves a lifeline when Adamson took advantage of a defensive mix-up by Annan and rolled the ball into an empty net. Substitute Ahmed Aloulou then forced Alex Mitchell into a fingertip save from a free kick.
In injury time the striker also raced clear but again Mitchell was his equal to deny an equaliser.
After the game Harvey said: :Annan are on a good run and we knew it would be tough.
“At 2-0 down we had to show some character and I think the players showed how determined they are, but we could not force an equaliser.
“We move on to play Albion on Saturday. People will build it up as a basement clash, but we will treat it no different to any other game.
“There will be pressure on both sides, but at the end of the day there are three points up for grabs and just like any other match, we will be going out to try and win them.”