BERWICK Rangers produced a dazzling five-star, five-goal display to crush champions Alloa at Shielfield Park.
“This has to be the best performance since I took over, ” admitted manager Ian Little. “In fact it was probably one of the best for a long, long time.
“Everyone played their part but I thought the midfield and the forwards were particularly impressive and deserve a lot of credit.”
Little said the introduction of several loan players had boosted confidence throughout the ranks. “It gave me the opportunity to put on young Ben Miller for a spell towards the end which is something I have been trying to do for a few weeks now”, said Little.
“With Elgin losing and we entertain them at Shielfield this Saturday the door to the play-off places may have opened up but my gut feeling is we will come up short at the end of the day – although it will not be for the want of trying.”
The hosts struck a deadly blow with two goals in 60 seconds just before the 15-minute mark.
Danny Handling whipped home the first and Lee Currie added the other before a cross from Ross Gray, who was voted man of the match by the sponsors, deflected off defender Ryan Harding into his own net for the third in 34 minutes.
Handling, on loan from Hibs, completed his third double in four games six minutes after the interval leaving Stuart Noble to wrap it up with a cracking strike in 58 minutes with Kevin McDonald, who had earlier paved the way for two of the goals, again the architect-in-chief.
BERWICK: Bejaoui, Notman, McLean (Walker 75), Forster, McGlinchey, McDonald, Greenhill (McLaren 61), Currie, Ross Gray, Noble (Miller 61), Handling. Subs (not used): Barclay, Ferguson.
Booked: McLean, Forster.
Goals: Handling 13, Currie 14, Harding 34 og, Handling 51, Noble 58.
ALLOA: McDowall, McCullagh, Harding, Michael Doyle (Gordon 38), McKinnon, Ryan McCord, Masterton, Docherty, Ross McCord (Wright 54), May, Campbell (Cawley 54). Subs (not used): Bain, Philp.
Attendance: 486 Referee: Euan Anderson.