The ‘Gers travel to Central Park this Saturday to renew rivalries with bottom placed Cowdenbeath. Kick off for this League Two fixture is 3pm and both sides will be hoping it gets the go-ahead after recent postponements.
This is the third meeting of the two sides this season with Berwick triumphing 1-0 on both previous occasions.
Both 1-0 victories were memorable for different reasons, as the first was the period between the transition from John Coughlin to Robbie Horn as Berwick Manager, whilst the more recent affair marked the ‘flying headbutt’ penalty incident which was seen all over the world.
We hope for an equally memorable encounter at the weekend. Both sides will be looking for points after bad runs in the league. The ‘Blue Brazil’ are having a torrid season with 1 win in 19 league matches and will view Saturday as a must-win game should they stand any chance of pulling themselves out of trouble.
With the game at Shielfield falling victim to the weather last Saturday, Robbie Horn will have been using the time to further bed recent signings into his thoughts. Transfer window additions, Ouzy See and Declan O’Kane should both be involved tomorrow.
Young striker Jack Hamilton will be looking to make his black & gold debut, having signed from Livingston on loan until the end of the 2017/18 season. He has 12 goals already this season from an earlier loan spell at Penicuik Athletic.
Alex Petkov is also in-line for a debut having replaced Andrew Irving on loan from Hearts.
Berwick will be missing two influential players though as captain Stevie Notman and Michael McKenna are both suspended. Robert Wilson and Kevin McKinlay are both also out with injuries, so it will be a much changed line up.
Gary Bollan and assistant manager, Mark Fotheringham, will have new signing David Cox available after he joined from Forfar until the end of the season. Cox has played for Bollan before and Cowdenbeath will be hoping that he is the man to score some much needed goals for them. The 28 year old striker began his career with Kilmarnock.
Other recent additions, Ben Reilly and Aiden Malone, are expected to start again. Bollan will be hoping for a change of luck after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Elgin last time out.
Defender Hamish Thomson has been loaned to Burntisland Shipyard in the East of Scotland until the end of the season and won’t be available. Lewis Turnbull and Lyle Kellichan will also not be involved having recently left Cowenbeath by mutual agreement.
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Walk in prices at Central Park as £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (OAPS, Youths and Students). We have always had decent support at Cowdenbeath and we wish all our travelling supporters a safe journey on Saturday.
Kevin Graham is the referee. He will be supported by David Roome and David Burns.
The ground is only a 5 minute walk from the railway station and parking is also available next to the stadium.
We hope that you all enjoy the game and that Robbie and the boys return to Berwick with three vital points.