Maxwell: ‘January can be our platform’

Berwick winger Scott Maxwell revealed his delight at getting on the scoresheet against East Stirlingshire on Saturday and challenged his team-mates to pick up maximum points from the next four games.

The 24-year-old, who hadn’t started a game for three months before last week’s 0-0 draw with Queen’s Park, admitted it was strange scoring against the club he signed from in the summer and hopes his ability as a left-footed winger can help him nail down a place on the flank.

He said: “It was good to get the goal but it was really strange because I spent three enjoyable years at East Stirling so I didn’t really want to celebrate.

“I’ve started to play now that I’m back from injury so hopefully I can stay in the team. It’s always good to have a normal winger on the left side because the ball can get whipped in and players can come onto it instead of going away.”

Maxwell is also optimistic about the team’s chances for the remainder of January, starting on Saturday away to Clyde but is specifically targeting the trip to fourth-placed Annan on the 24th.

He said: “We’re looking to get full points from the run of games we’ve got coming up. Obviously that can’t be guaranteed but we need to do our best and if we keep playing the way we are we’ll be confident in picking up as many as possible.

“The top four is still completely realistic. We’re only a point behind Annan and we play them in a few weeks so if we beat them, hopefully we’ll be in a position to go ahead of them if not before.”

And while Maxwell hopes to be a part of a Berwick side pushing higher up the table as the season progresses, at the other end he hopes his former club can stay off the bottom with the threat of relegation at the end of this campaign.

He said: “I only know four or five of their boys as they’ve got a totally new squad but in my three years there I was given the chance of playing at a high level.

“I’ve got a soft spot for the club so hopefully they can start getting some results as I don’t want to see them finish in bottom spot.”