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Berwick Rangers 4-1 Stirling Albion

Berwick Rangers 4-1 Stirling Albion

Albion’s first visit to Shielfield since March 2005 ended in a comprehensive defeat that plunged us to the foot of the Third Division table.

This was a fifth straight loss for the Binos as goals from Lee Currie, Darren Lavery and a second-half double from substitute John Ferguson extended Berwick’s unbeaten home run.

In truth, Ian Little’s side could have scored more and our only crumb of comfort on a miserable afternoon was a debut goal from on-loan Falkirk striker Jordan White.

Greig McDonald made four changes to the team beaten 3-1 at East Stirlingshire last week. White replaced the suspended Scott Davidson and keeper Sam Filler was selected in place of Mark Peat. Ross McGeachie and Danny Ashe dropped to the bench as Stephen Day and Jamie McCunnie started on an afternoon of glorious sunshine.

There were few chances in the early stages but Berwick took the lead in 17 minutes when Currie, who had a brief spell with us in January 2011, fired home after Fraser McLaren had taken the ball round Filler.

White missed a good chance for Albion but the Borderers always looked a threat and in first-half stoppage time ex-Leith Athletic striker Lavery headed in a free-kick after Brian Allison was booked for a conceding a foul wide on the right.

Former Cowdenbeath forward Ferguson swept home a cross in 62 minutes to pile on the agony and the same player headed wide before White pounced from close range to pull one back with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Mark Ferry almost snatched a second with a spectacular overhead kick but Berwick were largely in control and had the final word when Ferguson coolly beat Filler in 88 minutes after the ball had been nodded into his path.

Berwick Rangers: Bejaoui, Jacobs, Hoskins, Townsley, Brydon, Currie (Gielty 73), Notman, Janczyk, Lavery (Ferguson 58), McLaren (Addison 73), McDonald. Subs (not used): McLean, Sandison.

Scorers: Currie 17, Lavery 45, Ferguson 62, 88.

Stirling Albion: Filler, McCunnie, McCulloch, McSorley, Allison, Thom, Flood (Ashe 63), Ferry, White, G Weir (S Weir 69), Day. Subs (not used): McGeachie, Macpherson, Peat.

Scorer: White 75.

Referee: Gavin Ross

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