UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING 1BERWICK RANGERS 0Berwick Rangers slipped to a 1-0 away defeat at the hands of the University of Stirling in the Lowland League on Saturday.
The defeat was the team’s ninth of the season in the league and leaves them in 12th place in the table with 15 points from their 16 games.
The only goal of the game came late on when Hall headed in from a free kick.
Stirling had the better of the early play and Berwick keeper Sean Brennan had to make a good save to prevent the Forthbank side from taking the lead.
As Berwick grew into the game, Osei Yaw dragged a shot wide whilst Dan Purvis, after good work by Lewis Barr, beat his man on the left but fired over.
Grant Rose also shot over from distance, whilst at the other end Stirling fired well wide from 30 yards, but at half-time it remained 0-0.
In the second half, on a pitch which was heavy, making play difficult through the middle,neither side looked capable of taking the game by the scruff of the neck and stamping their authority on it.
Euan Smith went close to breaking the deadlock when a left foot shot from the edge of the box struck a post.
Rose, who was denied by a good save with the goalkeeper’s feet, also headed straight at the keeper and Yaw, who beat three men before shooting past the keeper, had an effort cleared off the line.
Berwick were in the ascendancy, but they were undone and left frustrated when a well worked free kick on the edge of the box allowed Stirling to knock the ball into the box and Hall headed home from close range for the only goal of the game.
Manager Ian Little was naturally disappointed at the result. “I thought we deserved to take something from the game, at least one point if not all three,” he said.
“We created a few chances but couldn’t capitalise and then we fell to a sucker punch near the end.”
Rangers are back in Lowland League action next Saturday (December 21) away to Civil Service Strollers. Their next home match is against seventh placed Caledonian Braves on December 28.