well let’s kick off with the result. 2-2 against the league leaders. It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means but a valuable point nonetheless, especially as Albion Rovers below us managed a draw too. I arrived at the ground early to offer my services if required. I was tasked with selling raffle tickets and then match programs. My dad stayed at home for this one as my wife and I are down in Berwick for the week. Such a pity for him, he’s been to all but one home game this season (the Cowdenbeath game where were beaten and had 3 red cards) and quite a few away games and it’s been pretty miserable result wise. I’ll take him to the away game against Cowdenbeath next week though and I’ll be hoping for a result against them.
Well as I said it wasn’t a vintage performance and we were under pressure from the start. We didn’t concede a goal in the first few minutes so a bit of improvement there then. This season is a season of survival, let’s not beat around the bush with that. Today was a valuable point and another step in that direction but it was left to the death to get it. That said I as well as many others had written off this game. Edinburgh City flying high this season and I was expecting a thumping but Berwick held on and although it was left late a point was secured with the last kick of the ball. A good show from the team to keep going. Ouzy See’s contribution was certainly worthy. Subbed on for his first game in 9 months after his injury and he lifted the whole team. It was pleasing to see such an impact, the pressure on him must have been incredible but he put in a good performance. It was still a draw against the odds, Berwick had 32% possession to Edinburgh’s 68% and 7 shots to Edinburgh’s 21. But it was still 2-2 at the end of the day and Edinburgh will leave Shielfield disappointed. Still credit to Berwick for the result and it was a great feeling to secure that point especially after the recent run of results.
Merry Christmas to one and all from St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters. It’s been a hell of a ride so far this season that’s for sure. A failed boardroom takeover attempt, the manager then leaving and poor old me trapping nerves in my back and being unable to walk for a few weeks. This meant missing all the preseason games and betfred cup games and then getting my 81 year old dad to drive me to the subsequent matches. I was off work from July to mid November and I’m still not 100%.
Luckily we have Albion Rovers propping up the bottom of the table this year. A heartbreaking season for Albion fans for sure but a buffer for Berwick. The playoffs at the bottom end of the table won’t be fun, the teams looking to come up are getting stronger every year and it will be difficult to get back into League 2 if you go down. Let’s hope that Johnny Harvey and his coaching staff can get the team playing better and we can increase the gap from the bottom. As I write this the next game at home is against Edinburgh City who are flying high at the top of the table having had a lot of investment over the last couple of years since entering the league. I won’t be holding my breath for any points from that game but a decent performance from the team is the least the fans need at this point.
Anyway Merry Christmas!
We’re doomed! Doomed I tell ya! But were not though are we? It was a dreadful result and the team had a dreadful day. Everything went wrong and it seemed like one of those days where nearly everybody’s off day came on the Saturday. The day started off well for me, a drive down to Berwick with no stops, roadworks, massive lorry convoys halting progress. We arrived in Ample time and had lunch. Off to Shielfield and pottered around handing out Quality... there was talk around the ground of a Berwick resurgence and how we could win this one. I was hopeful too but I’ve been here before and will be here again. Sadly Berwick are skint and it shows. It’s no coincidence we are at the bottom and Edinburgh and Peterhead are at the top end of the table. I’ve also written before about this so there’s no point in raking over the ashes, but we are what we are. There’s no massive investment looming and the town isn’t full of rich people. There’s also plenty of other causes that people invest their time and money in and there is only so much to go around.
Anyway we (myself, my dad and Gordon) had a quick chat with Sean Brennan and Shea Dowie before the game to organise the keeper sponsorship/support we are going to offer Shea. A great attitude from both the keepers and we are more than happy to help. I m hoping to catch up with them next week and nand over the donation and get the questions answered that we have for them.
well most fans had barely managed to get their bum in the seat before Peterhead scored. Ereick were just not on the ball. Wayward passes and event pass and tackle seemed to be a stretch. Brennan didn’t have the best of time in goals but the defence didn’t seem to help him. Back passes were bobbling, short, too long, making him constantly scramble under pressure. We just fell apart. The stats show 48% possession for Berwick which isn’t bad, but Peterhead let us have possession because they knew we were going to do nothing with it. By the 36th minute it was 3-0 and the game was over. Berwick were no real threat. 5 shots and 1 on target. Peterhead had 19 shots and 11 on target. We just never managed to get into gear and were always on the back foot. Next weeks game is against Queens Park at Shielfield. This is a game I now fully expect to win, they are not too far off us in the table and I’m hoping that Johnny will have Berwick raring to go. Let’s hope the team bounce back and get better organised and concentrate more on their passing and timing. It’s still very early days for a new manager and he’s trying to to get away from the long ball game and it will take time but hopefully we will get there.
We are delighted to offer support to Tweedmouth Rangers by sponsoring After central midfielder Kurt Yule. We are alway happy to help when we can and wish Tweedmouth Rangers all the best.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters are supporting the Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife this festive season. https://giftofchristmas.wixsite.com/appealfife why don't you help this year by donating a toy for a child? Even a packet of crayons will help. There is an amazon gift list on their webpage to make it even easier to assist.
Gift of Christmas Appeal FIFE is now in its 3rd year.
It aims to ensure that every child and young person in Fife, aged 0-18 years, has gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Gift of Christmas Appeal FIFE is run by 4 Fife mum's and a dad, with 11 kids and several jobs between them, who give up their time for free to run Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife.
It is a Registered Scottish Charity (SC047029) It has over 60 drop-off points across Fife and nearly 10,000 members of its Facebook group page.
With a help from its supporters, donators, volunteers, drop off points, beneficiary organisations, local press, warehouse provider and everyone else who has taken the time to help along the way, Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife can make a real difference to the lives of many many children and families across Fife at Christmas.
2018 drop off points open 1st November 2018!
we are delighted to sponsor the home shirt of the reserved team keeper and we are hoping to offer a little more support to Shea Dowie in the coming weeks.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters are delighted to offer support to the seniors in their final game of the year by sponsoring their match against Glasgow Rangers Seniors. We wish the lads all the best!
well, I picked up my dad and my friend Ewan and headed off to Broadwood. I took the wrong junction on the motorway and had a wee loop diversion but got there in plenty of time. We had a bit of a struggle getting into the ground, Clyde have gone cashless at the turnstile and the guy said they were using contactless. If your paying cash you have to go to another window to buy a ticket.
Then present that at the turnstile. Not great for the concessions, my dad doesn’t have a bank card. The card machine was broken anyway so we had to go to a different turnstile but we managed to get in.
well it was Ewan’s first Berwick game and it had everything in it! We were 3 up at halftime. An incredible performance. We seemed to take the chances that we would usually miss, Clyde however missed the chances I think they would usually score. Clyde had 3 off the woodwork in the first half. Berwick rode their luck a bit but still going in at halftime 3 up was some achievement. The second half however saw Berwick lose the lead. Clyde pulled it back. Berwick did have their chances and had shots off the woodwork. It was a oddly disappointing and satisfying game. I would have happily have left with a point but 3 up at halftime had all the fans expecting a win. Still 7 points out of the last 3 games is quite the achievement. The trialists are turning out to be a real find for Berwick, really turning the team around. Brennan pulled off another few good saves, had a bit of a dodgy looking kick out at one point but overall another very good performance from the young keeper. Then it was the customary detour and wrong turn on the way home. Peterhead at Shielfield next week. I think we could win that game if we can hold it together.