Berwick Rangers 4, Hibernian XI 2

BERWICK Rangers boss Jimmy Crease was better pleased with his side’s polished display against a young Hibs side at Shielfield Park after the dismal performance when they lost to Stenhousemuir.

BERWICK Rangers boss Jimmy Crease was better pleased with his side’s polished display against a young Hibs side at Shielfield Park after the dismal performance when they lost to Stenhousemuir.

“This certainly was a very good workout for us and in terms of tempo it was played at a pretty high pace” said the Borderers manager.

He added “I thought we kept our shape and generally performed pretty well with a few outstanding personal contributions.”

Crease revealed he has signed 19-year-old utility player Oliver Russell, who led the Hibs side to victory over Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Youth Cup last term but he was unavailable for the pre-season friendly due to illness.

And the Berwick manager also hopes to add another couple of players to the squad this week including a trialist striker who he was not prepared to name but was impressive with his pace and power and might easily have bagged a hat trick.

Rangers blitzed the visitors with three goals in the opening half hour.

The trialist striker was on target in 12 minutes latching on to a perfect delivery from Paul McMullan who gave an outstanding showing then David Greenhill made amends for an earlier miss in 17 minutes before Chris McMenamin blasted in number three in 25 minutes.

Rangers new keeper Mark Peat who was with East Stirling last season kept the Hibs scoreline blank with a super fingertip save from a deflected Fergus Bell shot just before the break.

Stuart Callaghan notched Berwick’s fourth from the penalty spot in 62 minutes after the trialist had been impeded before Hibs finished strongly with two sizzling strikes from Kurtis Byrne in the final 20 minutes.

Rangers new boy Alan Brazil equipped himself well as the attack leader and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer