With Berwick away to Elgin this weekend i was off to Belfast to meet up with some friends. Ryan is in Belfast and he is the host for the weekend. I went over on the Friday afternoon from Edinburgh, Chris from Luton and John a bit later in the evening from Newcastle. Dinner and drinks was the order of the day for Friday and watching the mighty Larne FC v Lurgan Celtic the game for the Saturday.
when Saturday comes....
Ryan had his comprehensive plan for the Saturday.......
09:00 Showers. Breakfast (possibly out).
10:15 Escape Room.
11:30 Head to Larne, grabbing lunch on the way.
12:30 Watch Man Utd v Liverpool at my parents house.
15:00 Larne FC vs. Lurgan Celtic.
18:00 Arrive back at house.
18:30 Eat dinner. Play games.
Part of the program was an escape room, we bumbled our way through but failed. Running out of time on the last puzzle. I would recommend having a go at one of these, fun and team building. I would suggest not being knackered from a late night though. I think that impaired us somewhat. The trip to his parents house to watch th football was essentially to please his dad who has just bought an 85” 4K tv. His parents live in Larne and it was nice to see them again. Ryan’s dad was very happy to talk us through his setup, displaying his various 4K shows. It’s a bloody massive tv........
The game was subject to a pitch inspection at 11:30am god knows how it passed but it did. Heavy rain had been falling all day. We arrived and payed our entrance fee, £7. The first half was pretty even, no team really making progress although Larne did have a couple of chances. The rain was still falling though and the condition of the pitch already heavy and waterlogged was getting worse. With the Rain continuing to fall and cups of tea in hand (£1 for tea) the second half started. The mud bath ensued, the ball sticking under foot, passes stopping half way in the mud and everything you would expect from such conditions. Players slipping and sliding all over the place. Larne managed to handle this better than Lurgan and managed to score 2 goals. It could have been 3 but the shot managed to see the ball stuck in the mud just short of the line. Still it was entertaining if only for the conditions. The pitch looked in tatters at the final whistle. Berwick lost 3-0 away to Elgin, not ideal but i still have confidence in Robbie Horn and his squad. There was a few comments on twitter of the negative variety afterthe result, but it will take time for the squad to bed in and settle. Realistically any position other than bottom is a good start and we look to be well clear of that now.