Berwick coach sets promotion target

Colin Young who has made the step from player to coach with Berwick RFC
Colin Young who has made the step from player to coach with Berwick RFC

Berwick coach Colin Young was delighted with Saturday’s 49-0 away derby victory over Duns which cemented his side’s second place in the East League 1 table.

The Blacks are now just four points behind leaders Dalkeith - the only side they have lost to this season - but have the advantage of a game in hand.

“We have to play Langholm at home in our next league match,” said Young, “and if we win that we will go top.

“That was always our aim when we set out at the start of the season, but it would be fair to say that the way things have gone so far has exceeded all our expectations.

“The players commitment and attitude has been first class.

“Their skill levels have been exceptional and our style of running rugby has also been pleasing on the eye.

“It is an attacking style, which can leave us vulnerable to the odd counter attack, but in saying that we also have the best defensive record in the league so it shows we have been getting it right.”

Unfortunately, Berwick’s next league match is not due to be played until November 22, and Young admits that his only fear is a lack of momentum.

“We are now due to play a series of Cup matches,” he said, “but there is a feeling all of the games might not be played, which means we might be scratching around looking for opposition to play, and that will be frustrating.”

Young says that after Berwick’s ‘fantastic’ start to the season his team will be eying a top two finish to the league, with promotion the goal.

“At the start of the season I was hedging my bets a little bit,” he said, “and to some extent I am still a little bit cautious - there might still be a banana skin out there somewhere.

“But as we are now almost half way through the league programme, and if we win we can go top, it would be fair to say that a top two finish and promotion has to be our aim, - anything less would now be seen as a major disappointment.”