McLaren’s double delight . . .

BERWICK’S players, management and supporters alike all breathed a collective sigh of relief after the team’s 2-1 home win over Peterhead on Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd September 2011, 9:34 am

Now everyone is hoping that they can kick on from here, achieve the results they know they are capable of, and claim their rightful place amongst the top sides in the division.

Fraser McLaren, who scored both Berwick’s goals, said afterwards; “I got both goals today, which personally I am pleased about, but at the end of the day the important thing for us was to get the win.

“We did well in the cup competitions at the start of the season, but for whatever reason things haven’t gone our way in the league.

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“Last week after the Montrose game everyone was on a downer.

“We needed to get a result today to kick-start our season, so hopefully we can build on this. We have a good squad with a lot of good players and we know we should be pressing at the top of the table.

“It’s still very early days and there is still time to turn things around - hopefully this will give us the boost we need to do that.”

McLaren’s double took his tally for the season to six, which he admitted exceeded his expectations at this stage of the campaign.

“Usually I set myself a target of ten, so to get six this early is a real bonus,” he said.

“I feel more confident this season because I was asked to play up front early on. But now we have three strikers to choose from so I just play where I am asked and if the goal opportunities come along I just hope I am there to take them.”

Manager Jimmy Crease also said he hoped the team could use the result as a springboard to bigger and better things. “Last week after the Montrose game I don’t think I have ever felt so low.

“But credit must go to the players, because this week they have worked hard in training and they got their reward today.

“This was a big, big win as far as we were concerned and it is a very welcome result.

“But it is only one step and there is a long way to go. We just hope we can take all the positives from that match and build on this, because we know we are a lot better than what we have shown so far in the league.”

Crease said he was delighted with the early season form of McLaren. “We have three main strikers, but the form he is in he is like a fourth striker,” he said. “We just hope he can continue with his run.”

He also praised central defender Andy McLean who was recalled to the side and put in a good shift, especially in the second half.

“It hasn’t been easy for Andy sitting on the bench for most of the season so far, but he has come in today and done well.

“He is now the man in possession and has to try and keep the jersey, but of course there will be competition from Chris Townsley who was suspended today and who has also done well since joining us.”

This weekend Berwick travel to take on Clyde when they will be looking for a similar performance which carried them to a penalty kick success in the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup at the start of the season.

*In what was a good day all round for the Berwick team there was a bonus when their coupon came up at full time.

“Every week one of the players places a bet,” said McLaren. “This week it was Lee Currie’s turn and his treble came up. The money will go towards our Christmas night out so it should ensure we have a bit in the pot.”