Ruth and I departed Fife on Friday afternoon to head to Berwick. The car was loaded with food for the foodbank. I had finally updated my tom tom satnav to add the Queensferry crossing but on this journey heading south we had to use the old Forth road bridge! We had made arrangements to drop off the stuff for the foodbank on Saturday at 12 but I stopped on the way past on the Friday at around 3:330pm and Becci Murray the project manager was there so we were able to drop off the crates. Becci manages the Here for You service and the delivery of the Supporting Families contract and also coordinates the operation of the Foodbank. The donation was were well received, She was delighted that we could leave the crates too. Very appreciative of the quality of donation, plenty of tinned stews, curries and Christmas items. All donations are appreciated but people tend to buy 5 tins of beans rather than 1 tin of stew/curry because they think it's better value but a tin of stew is a large component of a meal.
i had made arrangements to collect the barrel of beer that I ordered at 4:30pm on the Friday at the Brewery. Just as we had left the foodbank Rikki called to say he had to work and could we rearrange for the Saturday. I received a text on the Saturday to say he was in the brewery and I could pop round and collect the beer. We were at the Spittal Christmas fair, I had dropped off some wooden snowmen I had made hoping that somebody might buy them (all proceeds to the Spittal improvement trust). I arrived at the brewery and had a chat with Rikki. I gave him one of the snowmen I had made and a trolls advent calendar I had just won in a tombola. He gave me a tshirt for Ruth that we had ordered sometime ago and never collected, The barrel of beer and a couple of filters and bits for the pump I have. I pulled out my wallet to pay and he wouldn't take any money! I had given him an old computer a couple of months ago and he said because of that the beer and tshirt were free. I tried to pay but he wouldn't take it. A lovely surprise! I then went and got the car washed and had lunch. I was now all prepared for the football.
in a game we weren't expected to win we did! McKenna scored in the 7th minute and we held out for a 1-0 victory. The whole team played pretty well, a bit of fight and spirit to them and McCrorie pulled off a number of good saves to keep us in the lead. We came close a couple of times and had a cracking header that hit the bar. The team seemed to keep a better shape and there were no huge gaps on the field. It was blinking cold though! Glad I had my big furry hat on (which Eric Tait seemed to like, he asked me if it was a cat). Scullion and Fleming were left out of this game and I was pleasantly surprise at how the defence coped. Fleming is a good defender but young and can make the odd mistake. Scullion is a funny one. Hot and cold. He can win you a game and he can lose you a game. Robbie Horn seems to be getting the best out of the squad he has and McKenna seems to be adapting to his role as striker. Horn doesn't seem fasted by leaving people out which is a difficult thing for a manager to do but ultimately necessary for the good of the team. Dare i hope that we could make the playoff spot this season?