Best yet – Rangers up for the cup
BERWICK RANGERS 4NEWTONGRANGE STAR 0Berwick made it two wins in a row and progressed to the second round of the South Region Challenge Cup with a convincing 4-0 home win over Newtongrange Star at Shielfield on Saturday.
Following on from their 2-0 win over Spartans the previous week in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, Ian Little’s men turned in arguably their best performance of the season so far to set up a second round clash with Tranent (away).
Little was naturally delighted with the performance and the result claiming afterwards: “That’s two cup wins in two weeks, hopefully we can now transfer that form into our league games.
“I think we are really starting to gel as a unit now, and to keep a clean sheet for a second successive game was also a major plus as far as we are concerned.”
All the goals against Newtongrange, managed by former Berwick favourite Darren Smith, came in the first half.
Berwick were awarded an early penalty and Daryl Healy converted from the spot to give Rangers the lead.
After two near misses from Lewis Barr, Healy headed against the crossbar and Lumsden followed up to net from the rebound.
It was 3-0 when Euan Smith scored almost straight from the restart, and the fourth came when Barr crossed and Healy netted following a goalmouth scramble.
In the second half, as Berwick continued to make all the running, Waugh headed over which a shot from Barr was also too high. Windram also shot wide as the visitors found themselves on the back foot for most of the match and the Borderers ran out comfortable winners.
“It was a more composed performance,” said Little. “The players looked a lot more assured today and that is what I want to see from them in the future.
“After two successive cup wins we need to start picking up some points in the league, but if we continue to play like that I am sure the wins will come.”
On Saturday, Rangers are home again to Civil Service Strollers in the Lowland aleague.