A long weekend in Berwick for this game so no dad with me. I did take him to East Fife v Forfar last Saturday and into Hospitality for that game so he was happy enough with that. A tour of a East Fife’s ground, trophy room etc, 3 course lunch and refreshments at halftime too. £45 and worth it for a day out. Some of the other clubs hospitality offers are far more expensive and not worth bothering with in my opinion.
I was on turnstile duty for this game, offering my services to cover when needed. It’s a much simpler gig when it’s £10 entry rather than £12. No messing about with fivers and pound coins running dangerously low. Most fans pay with a tenner and those that pay with a twenty get a tenner back. Easy. The hardest part is working the old cast iron turnstile and waiting for the stragglers who arrive at 3:15pm. It was blooming cold too. Hat and gloves were the order of the day.
The game was a bit of a well, boring one in the first half. We yet again seemed incapable of taking a shot. When we did have a couple in the first half the keeper spilled it and we were close and a thunderous effort off the bar. We did go 1 up though. A shot off the bar/post/keeper/shot/own goal/not an own goal. Saw us end the half in front.
The second half was a much better spell seeing us score a further 2 goals! Both good well worked goals that my brain is struggling to remember the details of.... the second goal as I recall was a shot that the keeper saved high but pushed out to the side and the resulting header went in. Dalbeattie weren’t a particularly threatening team but a 3-0 victory was more than welcome. The next game is on Tuesday night in a cup game that has carried over from last season? I doubt I’ll be down for that. It’s a bit of a trek on what will no doubt be a cold Tuesday night. Next up for me will be a trip with my dad to Caledonian Braves on Saturday.
I have around 70 travel mugs from a student event looking for a home. I’m going to try homeless charities as a suitable home. They should be ideal for that sort of thing. They are branded with the American Express logo but I don’t think that matters. They are all brand new unused mugs.
There is one damaged one, it escaped the box and hit every single step on the way down the stairs at work, bounced off the wall at the landing and made its way down the rest of the stairs. It did crack but they are pretty strong.
An early start for me. The trust A.G.M is at 11am and I’ll need to be there early. The Supporters club have announced that they are making their shares available if a buyer is out there and the Trust will need to discuss our stance. So a meeting before the A.G.M. I was going to head down on Friday night but Ruth’s come back from work with the cold and I decided that it wasn’t worth it. I’ll head down in the morning but it will be a 6am start and a long day. I have not got much hope of a result against Kelty Hearts, they have the money of a team leagues above us. Managed by Barry Ferguson the ex Rangers and Scotland player Kelty are a difficult team to beat.
Well an early start and the Queensferry crossing still slow at 7am on a Saturday. If I arrived in plenty of time and had a McMuffin thing from McDonalds for breakfast. I popped to the shop in Spittal to grab. A pie for my lunch later on. A long day ahead.
I’m taking over as the Trust membership secretary, I’m still waiting on The bank of Scotland giving me access to the bank account. The form was sent in a number of weeks ago but I’ve heard nothing yet. I have the paperwork I need for the rest of it, I need to find time to look through it. I was handed a list of the junior members birthdays. Turns out we post them a birthday card.
It was a poor turnout, I was expecting more people. Membership is down but it’s still just under 200 which is a reasonable number given the average crowds over the last few seasons, It is an election year and everybody has been re-elected. We could do with a few more on the board though but that’s always been a bit of a struggle. After the usual business was attended to Dennis Mcleary gave us an great talk on his 50 years at the club. This was followed up with a question and answer segment with Manager Ian Little and assistant Kevin Haynes.
It was then off to sell programs for this game and asked to work the Turnstile for the next home game.
Well I wasn’t expecting much from this game but I was pleasantly surprised. We are an improving team and we were unlucky not to get a point. It was still goalless at halftime and we were looking much more composed. Kelty scored a free kick to win 1-0 in the end but I was expecting a thrashing.
We had a shot off the underside of the bar cleared off the line and a header just off the inside of the post that was a so close I though we had scored. We did of course give away a penalty but it was struck rather poorly and our keeper saved it. Cook was given a second yellow for the tackle that resulted in the penalty but we still put in a decent shift with 10 men. 11 would have been better though.
Oh and there was a fuss by the referee before the game started, he was concerned that the goals were lower on one side than the other. I guess in the end he was happy enough as the game went ahead.
No game on Saturday which is a bit of an odd feeling! Elgin away in the Scottish cup the Saturday after. Still not sure if I want to travel up to Elgin but I’ll think about it.