Midfielder Finn Graham has hailed the bumper crowd that played witness to Berwick’s 2-2 draw with Arbroath last weekend, and admitted that he hopes attendances at Shielfield can keep improving.

Youngster Graham is full of praise for 'Gers fans
Youngster Graham is full of praise for ‘Gers fans

“I think it’s important to say that initiative was a brilliant gesture from the Supporters Trust and the club – both parties deserve credit for their roles in making it happen.

“But to see so many turning up to watch the game is brilliant. As a player you always enjoy playing in front of more people, I’m sure I speak for the rest of the team when I say that.

“A crowd of over 700 is great. I really hope that those who came to the game get a taste for it and want to come back. It’ll really help us make Shielfield a fortress.”

Saturday was the second time in a week that Finn would play infront of an audience larger than usual, after featuring at Kilmarnock in midweek League Cup Second Round action.

On the game, Finn declares: “It was a good experience playing against a strong Kilmarnock team.

“Personally, I don’t think the scoreline really reflected the balance of the game. In fact, I think we were quite unlucky not to take something from the game.”

Graham believes a strong home record could be vital for the Dream Team this season
Graham believes a strong home record could be vital for the Dream Team this season

However Finn is also quick to admit that the draw against Arbroath is something that could and perhaps should have been more, as he continues:

“But good performances don’t always make for good results. We had the better of the game against Arbroath at the weekend and should have been able to see it off. We’ll be working hard to develop that ruthlessness.

“And in the meantime there are still positives to be taken – we’re unbeaten at home and as I touched on earlier, we need to make Shielfield a difficult place to visit.”

Finn netted his first senior goal in a 3-1 win against Stirling Albion
Finn netted his first senior goal in a 3-1 win against Stirling Albion

Another positive, though on a more personal level, can be found in Finn’s first senior goal just a fortnight ago in Stirling, which the youngster while delighted about, is also clearly eager for more.

“It was a great feeling to net my first goal. I have to admit, it felt like a long time coming, but now I’ve got one under my belt I hope there are many more to come.

“I’ve started the way I’ll be aiming to continue. So far I’ve started every match, and I’ll be doing all I can to keep it that way – I know that competition is tough.”

And that competition may be about to get tougher with the imminent return of vice-captain Steven Notman, but with the former Dunfermline prospect shifted to a slightly wider position in recent games, it’s clear his determination to impress from any position will do his chances of retaining his place no harm.

“Whether I’m in my preferred position or not, I’ll always give my all for the team.

“The fact I’m enjoying so much time on the pitch and relishing the friendly competition within the team means I can know I made the right decision in joining the club. I’m really enjoying my time with the club.”