well I predicted a 2-1 defeat and I was sadly right. I take no joy from it, it’s quite a trek to watch Berwick for me but I had no confidence in a win. William Hill were offering 14/1 for a Berwick victory. Screams and shouts about the ref and linesman abound from the Berwick fans but to be honest it was pretty much the same for both sides. The ref and linesmen were quite poor, yards stolen at freekicks and throw ins. We just didn’t steal as many....
We did have a few chances, we just didn’t take them, it’s frustrating but it is what it is. The team lost it’s shape again, leaving the wings empty where we could have made some progress. Losing possession too easily because of a lack of concentration. Too busy shouting at each other and not paying attention. We did score a good goal though, but it wasn’t enough and the intensity at the end for an equaliser is the level we should have been playing at from the outset.
Lewis Barr is to be commended though, a real standout in the team and wouldn’t look out of place at a higher level. Covering a lot of ground to win back possession. If he had some better support around him he would really shine.
I don’t really have much more to say, it was a long day for me and it’s another loss. Next week is a real challenge. I appreciate it’s tough at the moment but the fans and the team really need a win against Albion Rovers. It’s the game we’ve been looking at for the last few weeks. There are real expectations for a win and it would be the little we need to keep the wolf from the door. I’ll be there. Cheering on the boys, hoping for the 3 points.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Berwick last played and I’m hoping the squad have pulled together. There are a few injures now that look worrying and I’m under no illusion that we will win this one. It would be nice to win obviously, a point would be good too but I think a defeated is on the cards here. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
I’ll be down with my dad for this one. I think he’s just coming to get chips from the van... still all the best to the players. Next weeks game is one we desperately need to win. Away to Albion Rovers and that will be a real test I think. Albion have only been losing by one goal for the last few games and with a seven point gap between us it will be a crucial game. We host Albion at our last home game of the season too so that one could be a real dogfight depending on how the season has panned out by then.
How it went.
Well the above was written on the Friday night before the game. A few things were different. We went for an all day breakfast instead of chips from the van.... I said before the game that we were going to lose 3-0. I don’t know why but I just had a feeling and that’s what happened a 3-0 defeat. Still Albion lost 4-0 so we still have that 7 point gap.
Berwick were playing reasonably well, we gave away a penalty but the keeper saved it! We lost our first goal to a bit of poor defending, we gave away 3 corners in a row. We really should have cleared it better. The second goal came from a breakaway. Our players were still arguing about a refereeing decision and the ball was in the back of the net. It then seemed like the players were still arguing about the 2nd goal and the refereeing decision when the 3rd went in. If we had a bit more discipline I think it could have been a different outcome. At 1-0 down I though we might have scored a goal and held on for a draw. But it was not to be.
We host Annan midweek before the Albion Rovers clash. I’m not convinced we will get anything against Annan. I think/hope we can get a result against Albion on the Saturday. 3 points would be idea, a draw certinally better than a defeate.
Still onwards and upwards and we shall see how the season ends. I don’t think we will finish in bottom spot and hopefully Johnny Harvey can build the team he wants and needs. It’s a tough league and getting tougher every year.
Well it’s been a tough week and I wasn’t planning on attending the game. I was scheduled to be cameraman for today but due to family issues it was up in the air. I might still be cameraman but I’ll see when I get to Shielfield.
My optimism is high again for this game, I don’t know why. We have a couple of new signings but I don’t know what they are like. The signing of ex Berwick player Dougie Brydon in defence has given me a bit of belief that the defence will pull together. Dougie even managed a goal in the reserve game against Livingston during the week, the game finished 1-1. But of course my hope and expectations may be misplaced. I do have £5 on a Berwick win/draw, William Hill were offering odds of 5/1 at the start of the week.
Pea passed away during the week, a club legend who will be missed. The guy done a lot for the club and i don’t even know if the club realise just how much he done. All the little jobs that you don’t even think about but you will notice when they haven’t been taken care of. Always willing to chat and respected throughout the game. St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters offer their condolences to Pea’s family.
I arrived early as usual and went to find out if any jobs were needing attention. It turns out somebody was required to run the wee bar. I put my pint pulling skills to good use although the bar wasn’t busy. Still it’s nice to help out. After my bar shift I went to the stand to check that Andrew was getting on ok with the camera. He was doing a grand job.
the game started off brightly enough, we didn’t seem to be under constant attack as we have been in previous weeks. But then giving away a penalty (which came as a bit of a shock to me as I didn’t see anything) and Stirling slotting it home put us on the back foot. Turns out the penalty was for handball. Still we didn’t get hammered so that’s progress, we didn’t look like we had a goal in us though. Lewis Barr scored a cracker late on in the game but it wasn’t enough. I was hoping to secure s point but it wasn’t to be. Albion Rovers lost again so that’s something but we still need to play them twice this season and we are 7 points in front, not a huge gap. Still it’s a gap in our favour.