Ross County 2, Berwick Rangers 1

BERWICK Rangers manager Michael Renwick is calling for his players to get motivated to take them to levels they have not been pushed to before.

BERWICK Rangers manager Michael Renwick is calling for his players to get motivated to take them to levels they have not been pushed to before.

“If we can do that and keep playing the way we are at the moment then I am sure we will reach the turning point and the victories will come,” said Renwick after watching his Borderers narrowly beaten by Scottish second division leaders Ross County at Dingwall. It means they slip deeper into the drop zone as a result of nearest rivals Brechin’s victory over Airdrie.

“I thought we really played well but, as so often happens when you are down at the bottom of the league, you just do not get the breaks and unfortunately that was the case with their second goal which appeared to be scored from an offside position,” said the Rangers boss.

And he added: “The one thing that really pleased me was that we went to the top of the league side and gave them a good run for their money and, hopefully, did not pick up any more injury problems on the way.”

The home side, who had created a string of first-half chances, finally broke the deadlock nine minutes into the second when Sean Higgins crashed a super 25-yard strike into the roof of the net well out of reach of Gary O’Connor, who had earlier pulled off a stunning fingertip save to deny former Sunderland junior Dene Shields.

Danny Swanson, back in the side after a three-match lay-off, raised Rangers hopes when he equalised from close in just after the hour. But Shields clinched victory with a goal from eight yards out on 76 minutes.

ROSS COUNTY: Bullock; McCulloch, Golabek (Moore 34), Dowie, Keddie, Miller, Lawson, Scott, Shields, Barrowman (Petrie 79), Higgins (Gunn 72). Subs (not used): Curtis, Boyd.

Booked: Miller.

Goals: Higgins 54, Shields 76.

BERWICK RANGERS: O’Connor; Lennox, McMullan, Horn, Wood, Thomson, Davison, Fraser, Swanson, Greenhill, Little. Subs (not used): Flockhart, McLeish, Bolochoweckyj, Noble, M Stevenson.

Booked: Fraser, Wood, Greenhill, McMullan.

Goal: Swanson 65.

Attendance: 2,027. Referee: S Finnie.

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