Wee Gers smash and grab raid on Clyde
Clyde manager Jim Chapman was disappointed in his side’s execution in front of goal as they slumped to their first opening day defeat in eight years.
The Bully Wee boss saw his side go ahead thanks to David Goodwillie.
But a string of missed Clyde chances, a double from on-loan Hearts kid Andy Irving and a goal from Aaron Murrell handed Berwick Rangers the win.
Chapman said: “There is a reason we lost today, and that’s because we didn’t take our chances and Berwick did. Berwick only had three shots at goal and scored with all three of them.
“Their goalkeeper was man of the match and that also tells a story.
“We were complacent, but the players have to learn from this and they have to learn fast, because if negativity creeps in it can have an effect on future performances.”
Jack Breslin, Kevin Nicoll and Jordan Stewart all returned to the starting line-up, with Kyle Bradley, Lewis Wilson and Max Wright dropping to the bench.
Clyde opened the scoring midway through the first half when Goodwillie got on the end of a lofted through ball from Matt Flynn. The striker took the ball to the byeline, cut back and fired his shot high into the back of the net from a tight angle.
He almost doubled his tally a minute later but was foiled by Ross McCrorie in the Berwick goal. McCrorie saved his side again when he got his fingertips to a Smart Osadolor shot from outside the box, which seemed destined for the top corner.
Just as it looked like Clyde were going to take a lead into the half time break, some sloppy play saw Kevin Nicoll lose possession on the halfway line, and the home side broke up the park. The ball found its way to Irving, who fizzed a low shot past Blair Currie to equalise.
Goodwillie and Oslador both had shots saved early in the second half before Max Wright came off the bench and almost claimed an assist with his first touch. Goodwillie’s lob however, landed on the roof of the next.
With the game entering the closing stages, Goodwillie looked to be clearly fouled on the edge of the Berwick box, but this was missed by both the referee and his assistant; the former then awarded the hosts a free-kick in a similar position up the other end of the park seconds later.
Currie could only parry the shot from McKenna’s free-kick, and Murrell was the quickest to react and squeezed the ball home from close range.
Irving sealed the three points for Berwick a minute from time when his shot from the edge of the box beat Currie.