After the narrow loss at East Kilbride, we caught up with manager Ian Little and started by asking for his thoughts on the game.
‘I thought we were a bit unlucky, we started very well and should have been two up within the first twenty minutes. What was pleasing was we were solid and worked as a unit. Then with thirty secs to go in the first half, a cross comes over which we should have defended better and they scored at the far post with a header. The second half started and they score with a deflected shot followed by another shot through a crowd of players and suddenly from a position were we were controlling, we end up chasing the game. Darren Healy scored a great header with his hardest chance to make it 3-2 and we had other chances too but it wasn’t to be.
What I was pleased about was the players kept working and never gave up, we just need to work on that final pass, a bit of composure and keep the concentration high.
New signing John Balde did very well but it’s too early to tell what sort of impact he will have. He is certainly technically gifted and hopefully the best is yet to come. He tired towards the end due to lack of game time.’
He continued with his thoughts on this season.
‘I’m aware the supporters are disappointed with the results so far and we do need to get points on the board but I’m happy with the way in which we are going. They are a young team and needed to grow up fast to cope with the demanding schedule we have had.
Here we are nearly in October and have only played 6 league games. Our schedule has been much more demanding than the other teams in this league because of the extra cup matches. I’m not making excuses but I think it would be hard for any side to drop into this league with a new squad and have to catch up on the likes of Kelty or Bonnyrigg who have a lot of established players at this level.
As I say no excuses and we are always looking to improve the squad. We have made offers but it is hard to recruit at this time. Other clubs within the league see Berwick, rightly or wrongly, as a big club, they relish the chance to play on our big pitch and you can see them step up their game down here. That’s something we have endure and make our players step up too.
We have an exciting young squad, with some really good fringe players pushing for a place too. They work well as a unit and train hard. It can make my job difficult at times but we are up for the challenge.’
Berwick play Cumbernauld Colts at home this Saturday the 28th of September, your support is always appreciated.