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From bad to worse: Rangers held by Berwick

A goal from substitute Fraser McLaren meant Ally McCoist’s side had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Berwick Rangers' Steven Notman (left) battles with Rangers' Francisco Sandaza during the Scottish Division 3 match.
Berwick Rangers' Steven Notman (left) battles with Rangers' Francisco Sandaza during the Scottish Division 3 match.

FALLEN GIANTS RANGERS were left still searching for their first away win in the Scottish Third Division after being held to a 1-1 draw at Berwick Rangers on Sunday.

Rangers, booted out of the Scottish Premier League and demoted to the lowest tier of professional football in the country after entering administration, took the lead through Andy Little in first-half stoppage time before Fraser McLaren equalised for the home side shortly after the hour mark.

Berwick famously knocked Rangers, the country’s most successful club, out of the Scottish Cup in 1967.

This result wasn’t on a par with that victory but it was certainly a day to remember for fans of the club, who hail from the northern English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed but have been affiliated to the Scottish FA for over a century.

The draw left Rangers fourth in the table, two points behind leaders Elgin City, and represented second-bottom Berwick’s second point of the season.

Rangers went ahead shortly before half-time when an Ian Black free-kick found Lee McCulloch at the far post and he nodded down for Little to volley home from six yards out.

Substitute McLaren drew Berwick level when, four minutes after coming off the bench, his powerful angled shot beat Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

Berwick could even have won the game, with Marc Lancaster going close with a fierce shot before Alexander produced a fine save to tip the ball over the crossbar from McLaren.

Chris Townsley then had the ball in the net for the home side in the last minute, only for the referee’s whistle to controversially disallow the goal.

© AFP, 2012

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