Rangers slip up as Peterhead go top of table

Peterhead 2-0 Berwick Rangers

Monday, 21st January 2019, 2:01 pm
Updated Monday, 21st January 2019, 2:03 pm
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Berwick’s winless run stretched to seven games when they went down 2-0 at Peterhead on Saturday.

The defeat means Rangers have now picked up only two points out of a possible 21 and remain second from bottom of Scottish League 2.

Peterhead, meanwhile, leapfrogged to the top of the table, albeit on goal difference, ahead of Edinburgh City, following their victory.

This was Peterhead’s third win of the season over Berwick, and was achieved courtesy of two second half goals from Rory McAllister and Jack Leitch, who netted the second four minutes into stoppage time.

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Berwick made a decent start and Craig Hume and Daryl Healy both had shots saved in the opening minutes by home keeper Fleming.

But gradually the title hopefuls started to exert their authority and William Gibson had a shot saved by Berwick keeper Kyle Allison, who also saved from Derek Lyle.

Leitch hit the bar and Lyle shot over and Allison again had to be alert to deny Lyle, but at half-time it remained goalless at 0-0.

In the second half both keepers had to make saves from Lyle and Paul Willis respectively, whilst Andrew Forbes shot wide following a Berwick corner.

Lyle continued to pose a threat and went close twice in two minutes and Jason Brown and Gibson also shot wide as Peterhead cranked up the pressure.

The deadlock was eventually broken after 72 minutes when McAlliser was fouled by Robert Wilson and the striker found the net from the subsequent free kick.

Allison was again called into action for Berwick to save from McAlliser and Lyle in quick succession and with several other efforts blocked a second home goal looked a distinct possibility.

However, it didn’t arrive until four minutes into injury time when Leitch found the bottom corner with a shot after being set up by McAllister.

Manager Johnny Harvey said: “I don’t think the score line was a true reflection of the game.

“We had a game plan which worked well in the first half. The players put in a good performance, but Peterhead have players with some quality and Rory McAllister, turned the match with his free kick. We were pressing towards the end when we were caught with a second goal with literally the last kick of the game.

“It was disappointing, but we are doing a lot of good things and hopefully our luck will turn soon and we will be rewarded for our efforts.”