BERWICK Rangers new boss Allan McGonigal admitted he could not have asked for a better start to the League campaign in the Third Division after his side beat East Stirlingshire at Shielfield Park.
But he said: “I will not be getting carried away. It promises to be a long, hard season and if this one is anything to go by there are unlikely to be any easy games in this league.”
McGonigal was particularly pleased with keeper Ryan McGurk who was on the receiving end of a five-goal mauling against Queen of the South in the Challenge Cup last weekend.
“I took him to one side for a few quiet words of encouragement and it appears to have worked,” he said.
McGonigal also praised John Dillon whose goal was the pick.
“It was a strike fit to win any match and I would like to think he has more of those in the locker,” he said.
A mistake by Steven Oates let Darren Gribben in for Rangers’ first in 14 minutes but the second, a 25-yard sizzler from Dillon, stole the show.
Andy Rogers pulled one back in 44 minutes and seconds later only the bar prevented Frazer McLaren putting Berwick two in front.
BERWICK RANGERS: McGurk; Guy, McMahon , Ewart, Horn, Bonar (Little 49), McLaren, Callaghan, Lister (Greenhill 81), Gribben (Grant 86), Dillon. Subs (not used): McLean, Lunn.
Goals: Gribben 14, Dillon 28.
EAST STIRLINGSHIRE: Hillcoat; Anderson (McKenzie 80), Richardson (Gibson 65), Oates, Bolochoweckyj, Ure, Dunn (Donaldson 65), Nicholls, Cramb, Graham, Rodgers. Subs (not used): Kelly, Mitchell.
Sent Off: Cramb (89).
Booked: Rodgers, Ure, Cramb, Gibson.
Goals: Rodgers 44.
Attendance: 570. Referee: B Madden.