Berwick head into tomorrow’s match with Arbroath looking to bounce back from a late Kilmarnock onslaught on Tuesday evening, but will take confidence from the fact they maintain a 100% record at home this season.
The game of course is completely free of charge for all fans as part of a Supporters Trust-led initiative. Further information on the game can be found here.
Berwick Team News:
Club captain Jonny Fairbairn looks set to make his 50th appearance for the ‘Gers having made 46 starts and played in 3 games from the bench. Fairbairn will no doubt be looking to mark the occasion with a victory in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd.
The in-form Colin Cameron will be pleased to hear his options have been boosted by the return of left-footer Ross Drummond, the former Dunfermline Athletic youngster overcoming an ankle issue.
And the good news doesn’t stop there for the gaffer, with his vice-captain Steven Notman returning to full training for the first time since he suffered a knee injury that ruled him out for almost 6 months back in March.
Stevie has returned well ahead of schedule so whether this match may come too quick for the influential midfielder remains to be seen – but his participation in training will no doubt be of great encouragement to the boss.
Euan Bauld has however been ruled out with a back issue that has required an MRI scan – though player-boss Colin Cameron revealed the youngster has refused a wage for the duration of his period on the sidelines.
Another who’ll miss out is young prospect Calum Helm, who is our only current long-term absentee. Club therapist Jenna Orr revealed: “Calum is progressing really well. He’ll have a 2nd MRI scan & consultation on his ACL injury later this week.”
Arbroath Team News:
Todd Lumsden’s Arbroath have got off to a slow start this season and will be looking to pick their first 3 points up at Shielfield Park.
‘Gers fans are likely to see one familiar face in among the maroon shirts, with former ‘Gers midfielder David Gold now a regular with the Smokies.
Arbroath have also used the loan market as they look to strengthen their squad and compete for promotion, with the recent arrivals of Rangers’ Darren Ramsey and Hamilton Academical’s Andy Ryan.
Former Queen’s Park striker Joao Victoria also appeared as a trialist for Arbroath last weekend and netted a late header against his former side in a 2-1 loss.
Admission is entirely free of charge for all fans of all ages. Berwick Rangers Supporters Trust have kindly sponsored the match and covered the expected gate receipt takings.
Supporters Trust volunteers will be stationed around the turnstiles with buckets for any optional donations fans wish to make upon their entrance.
All monies collected will go towards a project which benefits Berwick Rangers Football Club, agreed in partnership with the trust.
SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes fancy the ‘Gers to put on a show for a large crowd, pricing them at favourites for the match.
Berwick Rangers – 4/5
Draw – 13/5
Arbroath – 13/5
Greig Aitken is the man who’ll take charge of a repeat of the ‘Gers 2006/2007 title clash decider, and he will be assisted by Ivan Stankovic and Christ Gentles.
Enjoy the match!