Season Review with Thomas Scobbie

Berwick Rangers finished the season with a narrow 2-1 win over Albion Rovers to round out the campaign for the summer.

The Dream Team endured a mixed season, but fans will be delighted that the team managed to finish the season will all three points.

Berwick finished 13th in the Lowland League table, no doubt a finishing position that can be built on for next season that will see the team finish higher up the standings.

Manager Thomas Scobbie reflected on the season, in which was his first season in management. Scobbie spoke of how the work doesn’t stop for the club, despite the break on the pitch.

Scobbie said: “It doesn’t stop, it will be non-stop for the club until we come back in. I’ll try and get a few days where I’m not on the phone, but we want to do well, and we want to be successful. So if that means that I need to go and stay up extra hours and make phone calls at whatever time then that will be done because I want to go and add quality to this team.

After the conclusion of the 23/24 campaign, four players are confirmed to be leaving the club. Thomas Scobbie spoke of the necessity to replace these vacancies with quality in preparation for next term.

There will be three or four guys leaving us at the end of the season, so we need to go and look at replacing those positions with quality. I do think we’ve got the foundations to be a really really good side so we need to go and find three or four players that can come in and give us something different. The work isn’t done for us, but the boys will get a seven or eight week break before they come back, and we start again”.

Thomas was brought in to manage the team in October after Stuart Malcolm left the club following his two-year management stint. Thomas spoke of the challenges his first managerial job has brought at Berwick.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been difficult at times. There’s been some things that we’ve had to deal with that I probably wouldn’t have had to deal with early on in my career, but it’s something I’m learning from.

Since the appointment of Thomas Scobbie, the Dream Team achieved a win percentage of 41%. The manager believes the team has something to build on and that positive times are on the way to Shielfield Park.

I speak to the chairman quite a bit, there’s a real enthusiasm and buzz around the place right now. We’re trying to put things in place and have a competitive team next season. When you look at the celebrations at East Kilbride against us, that’s something to take and want to do something better as players and as a club and is something to stride for.

Thomas shared his personal feelings on the season, and how he hopes to build momentum ahead of next season.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first six or seven months in management. Hopefully it continues positively next season,and we can really go and have a competitive team.

It is now time for a well-deserved rest for the Dream Team, but work will continue behind the scenes at the club in the hope to give the Gers the best possible start to the next campaign. Everyone at Berwick Rangers would like to thank all the fans for their support this season and we are looking forward to welcoming you back at Shielfield in a few months’ time.

– Ben Langley, Club Reporter