Development Team out to emulate first-team success against Cowdenbeath Under 20’s

Derek McKenzie’s Berwick Rangers Under 20’s side will be out to make it twice in one weekend that the ‘Gers have overcome ‘The Blue Brazil’, as his team travel to New Central Park in SPFL Development League East action tomorrow evening.

Kelty Hearts' New Central Park will be the venue for tomorrow's away game

Kelty Hearts’ New Central Park will be the venue for tomorrow’s away game

Not to be confused with Cowdenbeath’s Central Park, New Central Park is the home of Kelty Hearts. The ‘Gers will be somewhat familiar with the surface and facilities after the club utilised the venue for a training session ahead of the young Black and Gold side’s extra-time Scottish Youth Cup exit to Dunfermline Athletic.

Though the league season is only two games old, Berwick are the only side in the division to maintain a 100% record, and as such currently sit top. The Under 20’s will be looking to build on an encouraging start by beating bottom-placed Cowden, who suffered a 5-1 defeat to Stirling Albion in their only game of the season so far.

And although Cowdenbeath may have struggled in their opener, Berwick will be looking to guard against the same kind of complacency that almost cost them in their 4-3 victory over the Binos in their previous match at Shielfield Park last week.

Youth-team coach Daniel McKenzie, son of boss Derek, reaffirmed John Coughlin’s statement that the Under 20’s coaching team were disappointed despite securing all three points last weekend.

“As the gaffer has already told the official website, that was the most disappointed myself and Derek have ever been with a winning performance.

“We managed to grind out a win, but we really didn’t play well in the second-half of last week’s game.

“But, we’ll be looking to raise our game that 45 minutes to make it 3 from 3. After that we’ve got a 2-week break, so it’d be good for the lads to have a positive result to enjoy over that fortnight.”

Kick-off tomorrow is 7:45pm. The match will be officiated by referee Scott Lambie, along with his assistants Jonathan Bell and Lee Pirie.