No change at bottom as Rangers lose to City

Berwick Rangers 0-2 Edinburgh City

By The Newsroom
Monday, 01 April, 2019, 09:49

Berwick failed to make inroads at the bottom of the Scottish League 2 table when they went down to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of championship and promotion chasing Edinburgh City.

First half goals from Daniel Galbraith and Blair Henderson saw the capital side keep pace with leaders Peterhead at the top of the table, leaving Rangers a point behind fellow strugglers Albion Rovers.

Later, manager Johnny Harvey had to admit his team were beaten by the better side.

“Fair play to Edinburgh, they were a very good side today and thoroughly deserved their win,” he said.

“The players are hurting through, so hopefully we will get some sort of reaction out of them next week when we go to Annan.”

Edinburgh looked the better side throughout and after Robbie McIntyre had a shot blocked on the edge of the box City took the lead after 14 minutes when a cross from the right was headed in by Galbraith who stooped to wrong-foot Sean Brennan in the home goal.

Five minutes later and Galbraith was in again, but this time his shot was saved by Brennan.

Edinburgh doubled their advantage after 31 minutes when former Berwick striker Blair Henderson, at the second attempt, fired past Brennan after his initial effort was blocked.

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Mark Laird then pulled a shot wide as City led comfortably at half-time.

In the second half Berwick saw more of the ball without ever being threatening, Daryl Healy having one effort blocked.

Edinburgh continued to be a danger, however, and Henderson dragged a shot wide, Jack Shepherd almost capitalised on a poor back-pass and Adam Watson shot into the side netting on a quick break up the right.

Henderson also had a header acrobatically saved by Brennan whilst another effort was cleared off the goal line.

In injury time Rangers also had an effort cleared off the line, but this was their only attempt on target throughout the entire match.

“With Albion also losing the good thing is we are in no worse a position now than we were at the start of the day,” said Harvey, “but now we only have five games left to turn things around.

“I would urge all the Berwick fans to get behind the team at this difficult time - we need them to show they are proud to have a league team in the town.”