‘Disappointing’ defeat for Rangers at home

BERWICK RANGERS 1EAST STIRLING 5Berwick suffered a disappointing 5-1 home defeat when they faced East Stirling at Shielfield in the Lowland League on Saturday.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 9:46 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 9:46 am
Action from Berwick v East Stirling on Saturday. Picture by Alan Bell.

The loss keeps Berwick in 12th place in the table on 20 points, whilst Shire move into seventh on 33.

Berwick actually drew first blood in this encounter with Euan Smith firing them in front with a shot which deflected into the net after 22 minutes.

Sean Brown equalised for the visitors after 32 minutes and at leaf-time, after a generally scrappy opening 45, the sides were level at 1-1.

In the second half Shire started to turn the screw and after 51 minutes they took the lead through Adam Murray.

They had the ball in the net again but the goal was disallowed by the referee for a push in the build-up.

Jamie Dishington added a third with a good finish from inside the box and as the game started to slip away from Berwick, Nick Low made it 4-1 with a looping header from outside the box.

Jordan Tapping then completed the scoring with a powerful header.

After the game a statement from the club said: “The match with East Stirlingshire was difficult for all to take including the fans, players, management and board.

“However after an initial feeling of disappointment, anger and even rage what followed after the match was a 45 minute two way discussion between the directors and management team.

“The overriding message was one of how we stick together, work towards the end of season to improve and continue to make the changes we need on and off the park.

“Our first board meeting will take place on Thursday 20th February and we will report back from that.

“We said at our open meeting as a new board we would be: transparent, informative and honest. We will continue to that with you.

“Saturday was disappointing, however, we have set the manager and ourselves targets to see if we can achieve before our last game. The management team were very much hurting after the game yesterday, however they were assured we will do everything we can to help.

“Together we move forward, it's done, line drawn. Cumbernauld Colts is the focus in our next match on Saturday, February 15.”