The weekend started on Friday as we headed to Berwick. Myself, Ruth, Pippa and Gordon. We had a pit stop on the way at the first and last for lunch. A place where the burger turns out to be a huge double burger that even I could only just manage. Bellies filled it was down the road to Berwick. Bags etc deposited at the flat in Spittal and a walk into town, usual town stuff and a couple of pints. The evening entertainment would be Ian McMillan in Spittal. Gordon and I had seen him at the literary festival last year in the guild hall. We weren’t disappointed with the entertainment and Ian remembered us from the last time and a couple of tweets. He had a few football books for us!
Saturday is game day, after a few things.
game day and it starts with a meeting of the Supporters Trust. Gordon and i walk into town, Gordon has a wander around the town while I go to the Trust meeting. Ruth and Pippa will walk in a bit later and we will all meet for lunch. The Trust meeting was the usual, a bit of discussion on various topics. The biggest would be the pitchworks at the ground. The pitch needs som work, apparently about 9 inches below the playing surface there is a layer of compacted clay. This is one of the major reasons games are postponed. The surface water can’t drain away and the pitch soon becomes waterlogged. It also doesn’t help when it’s frosty. Meeting finished it was off for lunch and then off to Shielfield for Gordon and I. We arrived and had a pint in the new bar. I handed over some pictures for the fan wall and donated the signed shirt that I had “won” (highest bidder) in the Trust AGM.
I’ve never seen a game with so many long balls.. I have no idea what happened to the team. There was a full squad to pick from and I was hoping for a decent game. Edinburgh were there for the taking but Berwick seemed to have forgotten how to play. It was like watching school football. The ball was always in the air. Keeper kicks it out, striker heads it to midfield, midfield heads it to defender or back to striker.... and with the added excitement of at any point losing possession because each header was a 50/50 chance of winning the ball. The players also crowded the ball like school kids, several men battling in a small area as the rest of the park lies empty, desperate for a player to take up position and break free. We scored first though but again didn’t manage to hold on. We had a penalty waved away but again we can’t sit on decisions that have gone against us. We should have taken Edinburgh to the cleaners in this game. Still it’s a point on the board and with Cowdenbeath drawing it’s another game chalked off the calendar.