Right Civil Service Strollers, I’m hoping to continue the winning run here but they will be a difficult team to beat. They are currently sitting 6th with 11 points from 6 games. They picked up 3 points midweek against East Kilbride.I’ll be on my own for this one, dad is at home as I’ve been in Berwick for the week. It will probably be a few weeks before he sees Berwick again. Next week it’s Gala away but I’ll be back in Berwick for the food and Beer festival. I’m not sure about the following weeks Cup game away to Tranent. I’m not sure if Tranent have any seating and my dad will need to sit, he can’t stand for that length of time. It might be the away trip to East Kilbride on the 21st September the next time he sees the black and gold (in green).
I’m cameraman for the game this week so I’ll get up to Shielfield early to setup the camera and see if there’s anything else required of me. There are a few jobs that need attention but I’m not sure if I can fit them in with my filming duties. I’ll find out on arrival. I think the funfair is at Shielfield too so I might pop over for a candy floss...
Well I’ll keep it short. It was certainly a game of two halves. We went 1 up and I though we were in control of it. It was not to be as a defensive/keeper mixup allowed the strollers to skip past the carnage and slot the ball home. 1-1 at half time. I though we were going to come out and win it, we seemed to have more control and looked like we could win.......
Full time and an further 2 goals for the strollers and that was that. We were a different team in the second half, the formation had gone to pot and silly mistakes lead to the goals. The strollers took the goals well but they shouldn’t have been in the position to take them at all. That now puts us at 1 win out of 4 league games. 3 of the 4 games were home league games and those are the losses. Not a good home record.
We need to start to focus, concentration is key and simple balls need to be played. Quick free kicks are pointless if your teammates aren’t ready. Still it’s time to move on to the next game and keep the heads up. It’s going to a long tough season but we shouldn’t throw it away.
Well I’m down in Berwick for the week so off I popped up to Edinburgh for the game. I gave a few guys a lift up too. I’ve never been to Pfeffermill (why would I?) but it was a nice enough set up. Small stand and a great looking pitch. I was really hoping for a decent performance and 3 points here. It is crucial we start to kickoff out league campaign.
It was an odd atmosphere, despite the decent quality of the ground it felt like a training game/friendly. There was a reasonable crowd for a Tuesday night away game and a good chunk of that support were Berwick fans. I though we were about to go one up and start to control the game when we were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately Healy hammered the ball of the post so it was not to be. We did break the deadlock in the second half with a good goal from osei. One on one with the keeper and he slotted home. I’ve seen many of those types missed and it was a great relief to go one up. We had a few more chances as did Edinburgh but we held on for our first 3 points of the season. We will need to learn from this though and step up our game for Saturday’s opponents. Civil Service Strollers won’t be an easy team to beat.
I missed last weeks victory over Spartans in the Football Nations Qualifying Cup so I’m hoping to catch a win here. Last Saturday was spent in the rain as my wife took part in a triathlon. I had said we could make it to Berwick if we timed it right but the way the triathlon was organised didn’t help, a 1/2 mile walk to pick up a wetsuit at the end adds a fair bit of time and the killer was the 50 minutes it took to get out of the muddy car park. We were about 10 cars from the exit but nearly every car got stuck in the mud and had to be towed. The time had gone. Still a good win and hoping for the same this week. I’ll be down with my dad and my friend Gordon will be joining us. Hospitality is booked for the 3 of us for this game. At £20 it’s worth it to help the club. My dad and I have season tickets that are valid for this game but we aren’t talking a lot of money here. It might also be the case that I’m needed as a volunteer, I’ll ask when I get there.
Gordon wants to go to Eyemouth on the way down and get fish and chips for lunch. I’m sure my dad will manage to munch them down rather than the usual all day breakfast at Foulis in Tweedmouth...
So Eyemouth it was. A small fish tea x2 and a pensioners fish tea (the same only cheaper). Then back on the road and down to Berwick. Hospitality for us and a lovely sunny day.
Well I was fully expecting a win, but as last season still looms in my mind as do the first 2 Lowland league games I was also thinking we could get turned over here. I was in fact delighted that we won. A 4-0 victory none the less. I had a brief 5 minutes as cameraman while Alan put some cameras behind the goals then I took my seat for the game.
All 4 goals came in the first half and we were off the gas somewhat in the second half but it was very hot and with 4 goals under our belt and games on Tuesday and Saturday we could afford a bit of coasting. Our first goal was a penalty, a rare thing at Shielfield for Berwick, not for the opposition though.... some decent passing and movement too from the team. It was my first look at Ricky Miller in the flesh but he’s is what we have been missing. A good solid no nonsense central defender. I’m back down to Berwick tomorrow for the week, I’ll then go up to Edinburgh for the Tuesday night game and then cameraman for the civil service Strollers game. I’ll not be at the following game at Gala, that’s the Berwick food and beer festival!
We caught up with Ryan Kidd this week. We had a list of shoot magazine style questions for him, the ones we asked Sean Brennan and Shea Dowie last year.(https://www.berwickranger.com/blog/catch-up-with-the-keepers-the-answers).
As part of the catch up we handed over £100 to Ryan to help with his expenses as a keeper and at 16 years old it was welcome support.
Thanks to Ian Runciman for the photo.
What do you do when you are not playing football?
when I am not playing football I like to go out with my friends or mostly like to sit in and watch tv.
What's your favourite song?
My favourite song would probably be AJ Tracey, Ladbroke Grove.
What’s your favourite car? (or What type of car would you like to own?)
I would like to own a Mercedes Benz a class.
What is your favourite meal?
My favourite cooked meal would be steak and chips.
What is your favourite holiday?
probably Barca with my team mates last summer.
Right-handed or left-handed?(Right footed or left-footed?)
all right sided, confident in ma left foot.
boot size and glove size?
8.5 or 9 in boots gloves 8.5 depending on the sizing.
Are there any other footballers in your family?
nah no footballers.
Who told you that you should be a goalkeeper?
To be honest no one, our keeper broke his nose and I was tall for my age at the time so they asked me to put me in goals.
Who is your footballing hero?
I would probably say De gea or Ederson cause I try to emulate their style of play into my game.
What is the best moment in your career so far?
I would probably say my school team winning the league 4 times in a row plus we only conceded 5 goals in those 4 seasons.
What’s the worst?
when a was younger it was my second trial game in youth development and I tried to clear the ball and it ended up at the strikers feet.
What is your match day routine for a home game?
I don’t really have a routine.
What’s in your kit bag for a match?
Do you have any pre match superstitions? Lucky socks for example.
I don’t really have any.
How do you wind down after a game?
Shower then something to eat on the way home.
When do the Christmas decorations go up in your house?
At the beginning of December.
Right, this must be 3 points. There already enough fuel for the haters after the Bonnyrigg defeat. Unrealistic views and just wanting to knock the club because that’s what they like to do. I must confess I’ve no idea about the makeup of the Uni team. I don’t know if they are subject to transfer windows or a not. The students start back in September. I’ll need to find out later.
My wife went to Stirling University to do a degree in computer science before I met her in St Andrews when she moved to do a P.H.D. St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters also sponsored Kevin Walkers kit when he was the keeper at Berwick a few seasons ago. He was from Stirling University and I think he’s back there as a coach. Edit. He’s there as their keeper but may also be a coach.
It’s down to Berwick on the Friday and back on the Monday. My dad is off to a wedding on Saturday so I’ll be down with my wife. She has no desire to attend this game but she has been to a few. I imagine she will spend time with her family. I’m cameraman for this game so the highlights might be delayed. Alan will edit them but he’s away. It’s an under appreciated role, being cameraman means you can’t properly watch the game and then there’s the editing afterwards, Alan does a great job.
Although I’m down on the Friday there’s a Supporters Trust meeting at 11am so I’ll be tied up with Berwick Rangers for most of the day. I’ll need to get to Shielfield early to try and catch Ryan Kidd for a chat and a photo.
The trust meeting was at 11am and when that finished I grabbed some lunch and headed to Shielfield. I was there around 1pm and I was asked to man the turnstile. Camera duties and Turnstile. Lindsay would take over the turnstile just before kickoff to give me time to get to the camera and record the game. I had set the camera up before the turnstile opened. Fun Fun Fun.... I managed to speak to Ryan Kidd and hand over the £100 I had promise to help him with his kit etc. Ian Runciman was taking the team photos so I asked him to take one of Ryan and I in front of the Supporters banner in the ground.
While on Turnstile duty I managed to meet Ryan’s dad, He’s from Livingston (where I was born and raised) and born in 1977 as was I! Small world! I couldn’t really chat much I was manning the turnstile.
Let’s cut to the chase, we should have done better than a 2-1 defeat. Another blooming penalty too. We still seem scared to take a shot. Things did pick up when Yaw Osei came on, a good cross for the goal. But then a penalty saw Berwick trailing again with time ticking away. Frustrating again. Despite the criticism by some, the team did work hard but somethings just not clicking. Next Saturday it’s Gretna 2008 away. I’ll miss that one but we need the points.