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BERWICK RANGERS 1CIVIL SERVICE ST 3After a run of three successive wins, two in cups, Berwick suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Civil Service Strollers in the Lowland League at Shielfield on Saturday.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 9:48 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 11:17 am
Action from Berwick v Civil Service at Shielfield.

Rangers had picked up their first league points of the season on Tuesday with a 1-0 away win over Edinburgh University, but they were unable to build on that success when they went down to another capital city side.

In breezy conditions,

striker Daryl Healy had the best early chance for the home side with a header before Lewis Barr gave Berwick the lead, netting from close range.

Matthew Cunningham equalised for Strollers when he nipped in between keeper and defender to roll the ball into the net and at half-time the teams were level at 1-1.

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There wasn’t a lot between the sides in the early part of the season half, and chances were less frequent, but Cammy Muirhead put the visitors ahead after he was played in by Jack Hodge.

And when the same pair combined to add a third, Muirhead grabbing his second of the afternoon, the points were heading back over the border.

Miller and Windram both went close for Berwick in the closing stages as they tried to finish on a high, but they were unable to claw back the deficit.

Manager Ian Little was naturally disappointed with the result and afterwards he said: “After the win in midweek and then going 1-0 up I really thought we had turned the corner as far as the league was concerned.

“The wind made it difficult, but it was the same for both sides, and Civil Service mastered them better than us.

“It’s always disappointing to lose, especially after scoring first, but now we have to try and bounce back in our next game, away to Gala Fairydean next Saturday.

“We have been saying since the start of the season it is a learning curve for most of the young players, but the truth is they need to learn fast.”

Berwick currently sit 12th in the Lowland League table with three points from four games, but have games in hand over all their rivals. Bonnyrigg are top on 19 points.