The weekend started on Friday night. Gordon, Ruth, Pippa and I travelled down after work for this one. We were staying over so my dad wasn’t with us. we arrived around 9pm. Gordon and I then headed off to the Curfew for a pint. On Saturday we were expecting a friend (also called Ruth) who was coming down on the train from Edinburgh. This would be her first Berwick game and her first time in Berwick. We collected her from the station and went back to Spittal, a look at the beach and an ice cream then a walk into the town for lunch at the outlook down by the quayside. Lunch finished it was time for the walk to Shielfield.
We arrived just before 2pm and headed to the bar with no name. The bar is now looking good with the memorabilia from fans decorating the walls. We had a drink and a chat and I went through to hand over our award that I would be presenting later in the afternoon. Drinks finished it was into the ground to soak up the “atmosphere” before kick off. Ruth (my wife) wanted a hoodie so we popped into the club shop to barter with the shopkeeper... a deal was agreed and the hoodie was purchase. (At half time I went back to buy one for myself).
Finally a win! I think everybody was expecting a win here so the pressure was on. A win has been on the cards for a while. It was a decent first half from Berwick with Todd scoring the goal. The guy has done really well since coming to the club in January from the junior game. He should be really proud with his performances and progression in the team. The second half was a bit flatter. But Cowdenbeath didn’t give us much concern. A second goal would have been nice to take the pressure off but we won in the end and the team overall put in a good shift. we’ve had plenty of draws lately and were due a win, a narrow 1-0 victory will do! It also pushed up above Edinburgh City in the table so that should and another few thousand pounds to the coffers for next season if we can finish in that position. Edinburgh would need to win their last game away to Peterhead and we would need to lose our 2 games (Stenhousemuir on Tuesday at home, Clyde on Saturday away). So it’s looking good for 8th (out of 10). Still I have high hopes for next season. We look like having a decent core selection of player still on the books and some of the January signings seem to be bedding in well. I’m also hoping for a decent run in the betfred cup that starts in July. A decent run in this for Berwick would to not finish last in the group stage. It’s a cup designed for the small teams to never progress but it’s got a lot of money attached to it.
After the game it was off to the awards. Ruth and Ruth left with Pippa, heading for the train station. Gordon and I headed to the black and gold. The award ceremony is a nice end to the season and we had an award to present. Our award was for outstanding performance. Steven Thomson was given this award for his stunning goal against Cowdenbeath in January. It was an away game in the driving rain and a shot was unleashed from about 35-40 yards that rocketed into the net. An absolute cracker. Unfortunately it wasn’t captured on film but was witness by myself and my dad who felt it was a contender for the award.