Rangers B defeat Berwick Rangers as prolific forward nets second-half winner
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Rangers B defeat Berwick Rangers as prolific forward nets second-half winner

A second-half penalty from substitute Tony Weston gave Rangers B a hard-fought 1-0 win over Berwick Rangers in the Lowland League.

The first half was a relatively scrappy affair in Dumbarton, with chances few and far between in the opening stages.

Rangers B defeated Berwick Rangers in the Lowland League on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Adam Devine flashed a left-footed shot just wide of the right post in the 7th minute and it wasn’t until the 25th minute before the hosts would go close again, with Charlie McCann’s curling free-kick brilliantly saved by McNeil.

Arron Lyall tested the Berwick keeper once more after half an hour and both sides almost broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.

McCann had a goal-bound effort deflected wide after a flowing move and then the visitors came close from a set-piece, with a header drifting just wide of the left upright.

After a brief period of early Berwick pressure, the Young Gers upped the ante in the second half.

Initially, there was still no success in front of goal, though, with Lewis Mackinnon seeing a free header from a corner saved and Juan Alegria turning an effort over the bar from a low Devine cross.

David McCallum then made a number of changes in search of the breakthrough, with Tony Weston, Robbie Ure and Charlie Lindsay all coming on.

Former Blackpool starlet Tony Weston made the difference off the bench. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Lindsay almost made an instant impact, shooting just wide from the edge of the area in the 74th minute, but it wasn’t long before a fellow substitute did deliver the opener.

A minute later, topscorer Weston was clearly tripped in the area and after the referee pointed to the spot, he stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to score his eleventh league goal of the season.

Rangers had a scare with seven minutes remaining when a Berwick attacker almost went clean through following a defensive mix-up, but their task of seeing the game out became considerably easier soon after when the visitors were reduced to ten men after last-man Grant Nelson bundled over Ure.

The hard-fought three points see Rangers remain second in the Lowland League table.

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