Berwick Rangers gunning for play-off place

BERWICK Rangers will look to tighten their grip on a play-off place in Irn Bru Scottish Division Three today as they host Peterhead at Shielfield Park.

BERWICK Rangers will look to tighten their grip on a play-off place in Irn Bru Scottish Division Three today as they host Peterhead at Shielfield Park.

Rangers currently sit third in the league, five points ahead of Peterhead, who are just outside the play-off zone in fifth. A win today would go a long way towards securing Berwick’s place in the end of season shoot-out for promotion.

Berwick are one of the form teams in the division, having gone six games without defeat, and are on a run of four successive wins, keeping clean sheets in all four games.

They do have a couple of injury worries however; Dougie Brydon is definitely out, whilst ten-goal striker Fraser McLaren and defender Dene Drouge face late fitness tests.

Manager Ian Little told The Journal “Peterhead have a good, experienced squad, so it should be an exciting game. I’m telling the players to make the game exciting for the fans, but we know it is going to be a big test. We’ve got some good, young lads coming through though, so we’re confident”.

Little is confident that the wintry weather that has wreaked havoc with sport across the country should not affect Shieldfield. “The park seems fine. There will be a pitch inspection before nine, but it should go ahead.”

Talking about his side’s good form, Little says it is a reflection of their whole season, adding: “We’ve played well for most of the season, and recently we’ve got decisions going our way, we’re shooting and getting a lot of goals.

“In terms of defence, we have not changed much, but maybe we have tightened up a bit at the back. Our goalkeeper (Marc McCallum, on loan from Dundee United) made a few mistakes when he came in, but he’s definitely improved and done exceptionally well.”

MATTHEW SMITH

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