MIKE Renwick could not have faced a tougher baptism 48 hours after taking over as Berwick.
Within the first 27 minutes Rangers were a goal down and had two experienced defenders off injured. “That was the last thing we needed especially when the breaks seemed to be going against us,” said general manager Jimmy Crease.
“Mike was pleased with the positive way the players had accepted him and impressed by the fighting spirit but he was disappointed with some aspects of our defensive play. He has already highlighted inadequacies and accepts the squad is a bit light in numbers. The transfer window does not open for two months and we may try to bring in players on loan.”
Allan Russell headed in a Ricky Waddell cross to put Airdrie ahead in 17 minutes and soon after Rangers lost Robbie Horn to a shoulder injury and Stuart Fraser with hamstring problems.
Stuart Noble put the home side two up and when Stephen McKeown sent Gary O’Connor the wrong way from the penalty spot the contest was virtually over. McKeown added a fourth in the second half.
AIRDRIE UNITED: Robertson; McKenna, Lovering (Prunty 49), McDonald, Smyth, Sharp (Donnelly 46), Smith, McKeown, Russell (Gillies 76), Noble, Waddle. Subs (not used): Jenkins, Hollis.
Goals: Russell 17, Noble 34, McKeown 42 pen, 61.
BERWICK RANGERS: O’Connor; Lennox, Noble, Horn (Bolochoweckyj 25), Smith, Fraser (Greenhill 29), McLeish, Swanson, Diack, Gemmill, Little (McMullan 85). Subs (not used): M Stevenson, Flockhart.
Booked: Swanson, Bolochoweckyj, Gemmill.
Referee: A Law