First home win of 2020 for Rangers
BERWICK RANGERS 2EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY 0Berwick Rangers picked up their first home win of 2020 as they beat Edinburgh University 2-0 at a windy Shielfield Park on Saturday.
Goals from Calum Smith and Hamish Thomson gave the Borderers the three points which helped consolidate their mid-table position in the Lowland League. They now have 24 points, the same as Gala Fairydean Rovers, but have moved above their Border rivals into 11th place on goal difference.
The victory coincided with a successful Community Day at the stadium, with supporters being offered free admission to the game, the gate receipts having been generously covered by the Berwick Rangers’ Supporters’ Club and Berwick Rangers Trust.
A collection on the gate raised over £1,300 and this means that just three weeks after launching the 1881 Fund, aimed at raising monies to finance next year’s playing budget, they have reached £6,500 of their £10,000 target.
“This is a fantastic response and shows just how much the club means to the local community,” said a spokesman.
Saturday’s game was played in far from ideal conditions and in the early exchanges Purves headed straight at the Edinburgh keeper whilst Dick fired over at the other end.
Berwick then applied pressure on the visitors’ goal but were unable to find a way through and at half-time it remained 0-0.
Play continued to be scrappy in the second half and Barr fired over, but after making three substitutions Berwick finally managed to break the deadlock when a cross from the right was headed into the corner by Smith for his first goal in the black & gold.
The second goal came from a corner when Thomson got the final touch and poked it home at the near post.
Afterwards, manager Ian Little said: “It wasn’t a classic. Play was very scrappy and there weren’t a lot of chances, but for once we managed to take advantage and get the right result. We only have one home game left, but still have a few to play away and hopefully this will give us some fresh confidence going into the final fixtures of the season.”