IN A complete reversal of form to when the teams met two weeks ago, this time United comprehensively defeated the Wee Rangers, writes George Riley.
“The boys were superb today and this was the best we have played all season, it was a true team effort and hopefully we can now build on this,” commented manager Prof Blaikie.
After a slow start the home side had the first effort on goal when a Stephen Anderson shot was saved by Elliott Turnbull in the United goal.
The visitors were beginning to come more into the match and midway through the half Grant Gass tried his luck from 18 yards but keeper William Bald saved his effort.
A direct ball to Calum McClure saw the youngster speeding towards goal and Bald made a save outside the box, the ball hitting the keeper’s chest.
A free kick on the left edge of the box by Gass found the head of Chris Black in the box, but the defender’s header went wide.
United got the breakthrough in the 41st minute when striker Calum McClure outmuscled Berwick defender Ewan Saunderson on the halfway line and sped towards goal and as the keeper approached he slipped the ball to Liam Wallace who had burst from midfield to stroke into the net.
The second half started as the first finished, with the visitors in command, and they nearly added to their tally when Black found McClure in the box and keeper Bald did well to turn the shot round the post. McClure then had another effort saved by Bald following good work down the left by Ben Herdman.
Midway through the half United keeper Turnbull was at full stretch to tip over a Ben Miller shot from 25 yards out.
United made it two in the 70th minute when the visitors were awarded a free kick 20 yards out. Up stepped Black and produced a tremendous shot which soared over the wall and hit the top right hand corner of the net giving the Rangers keeper no hope.
The home side tried to apply some pressure towards the end of the game but United held firm to record the win.