Saturday, 6 February 2010

East Stirlingshire 3 Berwick Rangers 2

Irn Bru Third Division - Saturday 6 February 2010 - Ochilview

The Mighty Shire march on! Jim McInally's men recorded their seventh successive league win thanks to a hugely entertaining performance against promotion rivals Berwick Rangers. My three most enjoyable games this season have been in Larbert and this was another satisfying afternoon.

'Welcome to Ochilview' said the jovial stadium announcer just before kick-off, 'the land that time forgot!' Cheered on by the usual vociferous home support, Shire attacked from the off. However, it's fair to say the Wee Rangers made a game of it and made Shire work very hard for their victory. The opening goal came just before half-time when a sublime free-kick from Jamie Stevenson gave the home side a deserved lead. Berwick equalised early in the second half with a fine strike from former Hibee Damon Gray only for Shire's Stephen McGuire to score twice in three minutes to give the home side a 3-1 lead.

A second goal from Gray gave Shire an uncomfortable closing few minutes but McInally's men hung on for a deserved win. A fine afternoon was enhanced further when the news came through from Station Park that Forfar Athletic scored a last minute equaliser against league leaders Livingston.

Shire are now just a point behind the West Lothian team - and if they defeat Elgin at Ochilview on Wednesday they will top the league.

Just two weeks now until Shire play Livvy in a top of the table clash at Ochilview. I can't wait!

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