After weeks of waiting for his chance, Jonny Fairbairn has broken through into the first team with Berwick over the past fortnight.
But a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Annan on Saturday has left the Milfield-based defender wondering if he will be able to retain his place.
“I played a couple of games at the start of the season,” he said, “but I knew I would have to bide my time to get back in again.
“I got my chance last week at Montrose when Dean Hoskins was injured, and I almost scored twice.
“But this was a totally different experience.
“No one wants to lose a match like that, and having conceded four goals a lot of fingers will be pointed at the defence.
“I got booked after only five minutes, and that might have put some pressure on me for the rest of the game, but all I can hope is that I impressed the manager enough for me to keep my place in the next game (home to Stirling Albion on Saturday).
“After a game like that the mood in the dressingroom is naturally low and everyone is very quiet.
“But in general spirits within the camp are good.
“I think everyone realises that as a team we should be performing better.
“For me personally the step-up from reserve to first team football is one I enjoy.
“I am still living with my parents at Milfield, so being the local lad in the team means a lot to me.
“Travelling to Edinburgh for training can be difficult at times. Sometimes I have shared the journey with Dougie Brydon (from Duns) but he is injured at the moment and sometimes only goes up for physio, so I have been doing it myself.
“Of course I want to do well with Berwick, but I realise that I need to establish myself in the team, and being a centre half that isn’t always easy, as there is still competition for places.
“But I’m in at the moment, and now I’m there I want to keep my place, although a result like this probably doesn’t help.”