Berwick Reserves to withdraw from East of Scotland

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Berwick Rangers Reserves have confirmed that they are to withdraw from the East of Scotland League next season.

The Reserves, who have been playing in the first division, have decided to concentrate on the SPFL Reserve League instead.

Director John Bell, who is in charge of Reserve team operations, said the decision had been taken because the team had been involved in too many fixtures in 2013-14, causing problems with finding venues.

“We found that with playing games in both the East of Scotland League and SPFL Reserve Leagues, and of course the first team using Shielfield as well, the pitch was starting to take a bit of a hammering,” he said. “As a result we have had to look for alternative venues for games, and that is not always easy.

“We have talked the situation over with the management and it was decided that the SPFL Reserve league, who play all their fixtures mid-week, was a better alternative, and would give players a higher standard of football.”

Bell said that it had been a difficult decision to withdraw from the EOS, but the team would still have between 22 and 26 games in the 2014-15 season in the SPFL Reserve League.