BERWICK slipped deeper into trouble at the bottom of the Scottish Second Division as they lost to Raith at Kirkcaldy and are now lying a massive 13 points adrift of their nearest rivals.
But despite the defeat, manager Michael Renwick believes his side, which included three new faces, showed “positive signs” following the 9-2 thumping at Peterhead.
He said: “We need to get some respectability back and I think this was a step in the right direction.
“We looked more like a team and there were bits of quality.”
Renwick was particularly impressed with the performance of on-loan central midfield player Keegan Ayre, from Hibs, and another temporary signing – 19-year-old Kilmarnock keeper Peter Logan, who made three superb first-half saves.
“Chris McGroarty came back and showed just what a good player he is,” said Renwick, who is hoping to sign another two or three players this week as he continues his rebuilding programme.
“I am looking for young players who have some pedigree and to that end I am hoping to dip further into the market with Hibs,” said the Shielfield Park manager.
Championship-chasing Raith broke the deadlock after 34 minutes when Mark Campbell headed home a corner from Robert Sloan.
Rovers extended their advantage in the 69th minute courtesy of another header, this time from Steven Hislop.
Then substitute Graham Weir nodded in the third seven minutes from time with Sloan again the provider.
Rangers midfielder Brian Fairbairn was sent off in the final minute when he was shown a straight red by the referee after an ugly challenge on Sloan.
RAITH ROVERS: Renton; Wilson, Dingwall, Campbell, Andrews, Davidson (Winter 45), Sloan, Henderson, Hislop, Goodwillie (Weir 73), David Templeton (Borris 84). Subs (not used): Tod, Fahey.
Goals: Campbell 34, Hislop 69, Weir 83.
BERWICK RANGERS: Logan; McLeish, McGroaty, Horn (A Trialist 72), Jordan Smith, Thomson, Fairbairn, Ayrre, Howat, Diack, Greenhill (McLean 84). Subs (not used): Mark Stevenson, Coult, Flockhart.
Sent Off: Fairbairn (90).
Booked: Jordan Smith, Diack.
Referee: S O’Reilly.