Kilsyth came from behind to grab a vital win at Bellshill on Wednesday which all but condemns the home side to relegation from the Super League First Division.
It was hard going for the visitors as Bellshill took the lead just before half-time and defended well in the second period - and it eventually took an own goal to give Rangers the points.
There wasn’t much to excite either set of fans in the first half as the bumpy pitch made good football difficult and there were very few goalmouth incidents in the opening half hour, although Rangers did have more possession.
The closest to a goal came when Chris Reid had a headed attempt from a corner kick go just over.
Near the interval and a low shot had Kilsyth ’keeper Andy Carlin at full stretch to turn it for a corner.
Almost on the stroke of half-time and Lee Nichol got the ball and, despite Kilsyth claims for offside, rounded Carlin for a tap-in to put Bellshill into the lead.
Rangers pressed from the restart but found it difficult to get past the big men in the centre of the home
However 20 minutes in Joe Barclay got onto the ball in the in a crowded penalty box to shoot home the equaliser.
Rangers kept up the pressure and gained a few corner kicks - and from one of them Reid and ex-Ranger Darren Ferguson both went up for the ball which came off the head of the latter though for an own goal to put the visitors ahead.
Kilsyth remain seventh in the table and another two wins should ensure they maintain Super League
status for another season but the defeat left Athletic bottom of the table, 12 points from safety with just six games to play.