Rangers drawn back into the battle to avoid relegation
Stirling Albion 1-0 Berwick Rangers
A late penalty denied Berwick a point at Stirling on Saturday, and with basement rivals Albion Rovers winning 2-0 away to Elgin it means the Rangers have seen their advantage at the bottom of the table cut to only two points again.
Dylan Mackin scored the only goal of the game, converting from the spot in the 80th minute after Roman Hughes was fouled in the box by Jack Ogilvie.
Manager Johnny Harvey said he was naturally disappointed at the result, but not necessarily the performance.
“The players gave their all,” he said, “they were fully committed and I can’t fault them for their effort.
“There wasn’t a lot in the game, but the outcome hinged on one single refereeing decision, and I have been saying all season we have been on the wrong end of some controversial and important decisions.
“This was another example, as I don’t think too many people saw it as a foul.”
In a goalless first half there were chances missed at both ends with Jordan Allan (twice)Darren Smith and Hughes going close for the home side, Calum Adamson and Ahmed Aloulou doing likewise for the visitors.
In the second half Cameron Blues had a shot saved from outside the box by the home keeper, whilst Stirling had a header from Macklin saved by Sean Brennan and Smith shot wide.
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Robert Wilson went close with a header from a Berwick corner after 77 minutes, but just three minutes later, after Jordan McGregor fired wide, Stirling were awarded their penalty which Macklin slotted into the bottom corner.
Smith went close to doubling the lead after 86 minutes but Brennan saved, whilst in injury time Jordan McGregor fired over and Neil McLaughlin also had a shot saved by Brennan as Albion tried to finish with a flourish.
“We had a couple of good chances to score in the first half but didn’t take them,” said Harvey.
“It wasn’t the result anyone wanted, but we have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down and go again next week,” (when Berwick take on promotion-chasing Edinburgh City at home).
Prior to the game Harvey, and incoming chairman John Bell will meet fans at an open forum in the Black & Gold, starting at 11.30am.
Bell, who takes over as chairman at the forthcoming AGM, will discuss future plans for the club, and of course the need for the team to avoid the relegation play-offs this season. Harvey says he will discuss anything regarding the team on the pitch and is happy to take questions from those attending.
In their remaining games Berwick face: Edinburgh City (h), Annan (a), Queen’s Park (h), Clyde (a), Albion Rovers (h) and Elgin City (a).