well it’s a short away trip today, Cowdenbeath is about a 30 minute drive. I’ll pick up my dad and my friends Gordon and Ewan then head off to Central park. I’m optimistic for this game, God knows why. We have been put to the sword by Cowdenbeath this season a 4-0 defeat at Central Park followed by a 3-0 defeat at Shielfield. Cowdenbeath are close to us in the table and are a team we could take points from, we need to keep the points gap from Albion Rovers to stay away from the relegation spot. The result last week against Edinburgh City gave us a valuable and in my opinion an unexpected point, let’s hope we can build on the performance we had in the last 30 minutes or so of that game and get a result today.
Arrival at Central park
we arrived in plenty of time as usual and got parked. Then into the ground and a pie and a cup of tea (bovril for my dad). We had a good old chit chat with some Cowdenbeath fans and the stewards about the upcoming cup game against Rangers. There will be 4000+ at Central Park for that game, a far cry from the 300-400 that attend a league game. All hands on deck then but a massive payday for Cowdenbeath. £20 a ticket and half the gate from the cup games. So £40k if all tickets are full price, there will be concessions of course but with program sales and 50/50 draw tickets they should net at least £30k. Chit chat finished we headed for a seat in the stand for the main event.
Well it was another defeat and another sending off, we’ve now played Cowdenbeath 3 times this season. In those 3 games we have conceded 9 goals, scored 0 and picked up 5 red cards. Today’s red card was another stupid red for mouthing off at the referee. A complete lack of control and discipline to get a card like that, it a way to let down your team, manager and the fans. Yes tempers can rise but it’s easy enough to keep a lid on it and walk away, there is no way a mouthful towards the ref is going to result in anything but a booking. It was a tough game to watch, we did have spells where we had a go but overall not great. I have written a few things here and deleted them, I don’t want to grumble and single out players who were below par. I will say that Jordan Orru had a good game, full of running and effort and one of our best players. We need a solid leader in defence though (bring back Pat Scullion, all is forgiven... although he was subject to a load of abuse from a section of the Berwick fans) The first goal we conceded was a real lack of concentration though. We had a free kick that nobody was switched on for, the ball swung into the Cowdenbeath box to static Berwick players. Nobody was prepared. Cowdenbeath took the ball and drove forward and scored, it was deflating to see and really shouldn’t have happened. Overall possession was pretty even but Cowdenbeath had 15 shots to our 5. No point in having possession and doing nothing with it. Then we gave away a penalty for what looked like clipping the heels of the Cowdenbeath player. Albion Rovers managed a draw with Queenspark too, they were leading at one point so they are slowly reducing the gap. Next week home to Clyde. I don’t see us winning that one, my faith has gone for now. I will of course still go to the games, you have to don’t you. I think other than the Peterhead game away in a couple of weeks I’ll be at all the home and away fixtures for the rest of the season (weather permitting). As I’ve said before, league survival is the aim this season, as rubbish as that is it’s the reality for this season. We have 2 games still to play against Albion Rovers and they are looking pretty crucial for league survival now.