The ‘Gers return to Shielfield tomorrow to take on Edinburgh City in a clash of the teams 9th and 8th respectively.
James McDonaugh brings the “Black & Whites” down from the capital having recently overtaken Berwick in the table. This match represents the 5th encounter between the sides this season as both were grouped together in the Betfred Cup at the start of the season, with the tie ending 2-2 before a penalty shoot-out.
Edinburgh, who parted company with Gary Jardine in October 2017, have won both league clashes when at home this season but the previous match at Shielfield concluded with a 1-1 draw.
The game has taken on added significance in the last couple of weeks with an upturn in the form of bottom side Cowdenbeath. Both sides will be looking to place some distance between them and the bottom on Saturday.
Robbie Horn has commented that the next three games are crucial for his side as they look to return to form. Horn and the Berwick supporters feel the side have been a bit short of luck and also on the end of a few questionable decisions in recent weeks. The recent spate of postponements hasn’t helped either.
Horn has stated that he has a pretty much fit squad to choose from and will be using that competition for places to get the team to perform from now until the end of the season.
Saturday will mark the return to Shielfield of former Berwick captain, Pat Scullion. The centre half made his Edinburgh City debut in an earlier league encounter this season between the sides.
Edinburgh also boast former Scotland international, Craig Beattie, in their ranks, alongside former Manchester City youth players Marc Laird and Ashley Grimes. Grimes has netted against Berwick already this season.
Liam Henderson has recently left the club to pursue his football career in Australia. Jesus Garcia Tena is expected in the squad, having extended his stay until the end of the season.
Edinburgh have only lost once in the last 5 league games.
League sponsors Ladbrokes see this as follows:
Edinburgh City 7/5
Usual home prices are in place for this game. An adult admission will cost £12, with concessions at £7. All under 16’s will be allowed free entry to the game when accompanied by a paying adult.
As in previous matches against Edinburgh City their season ticket holders can enter for the concession rate on presentation of their ticket.
Match : John Eyre (Electrical Services)
Matchball : Walter Deicher
Man of the Match : Fraser Elder
Duncan Williams is the ref for this one. Assisted by Stuart Stevenson and Jim Burns.
The Red Lion pub in Berwick, a mere there minute walk from the train station, will welcome both home and away supporters prior to the game, for food and drink. Complimentary food will be provided when purchasing a drink. The Red Lion are sponsors of Berwick Rangers TV and highlights will be available after the match.
We hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday, to cheer the boys in what is a very important game.
Remember that the “bar with no name” is opening this weekend and is available to drink in before and after the game! Open from 1pm.
We also have a Race Night upstairs after the game in the JB Lounge starting from 6pm. Come along and help raise funds for the club while having fun.
There will be a bucket collection at the game by Cancer Research UK (Berwick branch) today.
See you Saturday. Come on the ‘Gers!