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  1. Current Standings With the end of the 2018/2019 season looming and some League 2 teams having already booked their holiday tickets, Berwick Rangers and Albion Rovers will meet on Saturday the 27th of April for what may prove to be the deciding match in the relegation battle this year. As can be seen, the Wee Rovers hold a five point advantage over the Wee 'Gers, with a significantly better goal difference to boot. Albion Rovers Having experienced what for all intents and purposes is a footballing resurrection since John Brogan was kicked to the curb earlier in the season, Albion Rovers are fresh off the back of a creditable 3-2 win over Edinburgh City and a hard-fought last minute draw versus table toppers Peterhead. These results coupled with a string of three wins in March have seen the club once thought dead and buried return to the land of the living, much to the delight (and surprise) of their fans and well-wishers from the larger football community. A draw versus Berwick Rangers will seal Rovers' safety and the completion of what the club's Twitter has coined #thegreatestescape. Gaffer Kevin Harper will look to secure a bronze statue of himself standing outside Coatbridge by clinching this final point needed to preserve Albion Rovers' League membership. Berwick Rangers On the other side of the Border, Berwick Rangers are finishing the season in the same way Albion Rovers started theirs; slumping to heavy defeats while conceding for fun and failing to convert any chances on the opposition's side of the field. The Black and Gold haven't scored a single goal since their coupon-busting 2-0 win over Peterhead on the 19th of March, recording five straight defeats with 17 goals scored by the opposition. The win over Peterhead was Berwick's only victory over the past 21(!) games, which included just four draws; the mathematicians among us will tell you that this means the Dream Team have taken 7 points from a possible 63. Nothing short of a win will be enough to keep Berwick's hopes of 9th place alive - which will be the target with previously injured Ousman 'Ouzy' See and Jordan Orru returning to the fold. They join a squad of which more than a dozen members were recruited by current manager Johnny Harvey. Final Day of the Season & Play-Offs Berwick and Rovers will meet Elgin and Annan respectively on the final day of the season; a draw or Rovers victory will render those matches dead rubbers as Berwick will be unable to overturn a 5/8 point deficit in just a single match. Even in the event of a win for the home side on the 27th, Berwick will need to beat Elgin and cross their fingers promotion-play-off bound Annan don't take their foot off the gas pedal versus Albion Rovers (who would only need a point to secure League status due to their far superior goal difference). Berwick Rangers will feel themselves to be an occupant of the last chance saloon, staring down the barrel of a face-off with East Kilbride or Cove Rangers should they lose, whereas Albion Rovers need just one final draw to book that flight to Ibiza. With all ingredients in place for an absolute classic bottom-of-the-table scrap, a bumper crowd is expected for what may well end up being the undoing of one of the involved clubs. Expect Albion Rovers to wear their red away tops on the day, in lieu of their yellow home and black third strips clashing with Berwick's home colours;
  2. A fixture that will no doubt garner more interest than under normal circumstances due to the precarious positions of both clubs in the current standings, this Saturday will see Albion Rovers play host to Berwick Rangers at the Reigart Demolitions Stadium (formerly Cliftonhill). Albion come into this game having lost 8 straight games, conceding 20 and scoring 1 (five matches ago against Edinburgh City). Their last (and indeed only) league win dates back to September, with their most recent match (last Saturday v. Annan) being a 4-0 spanking. The wee Rovers sit tenth in the standings with 7 points and a goal difference of minus 44 Rangers have lost 7 games on the spin, conceding 21 and scoring 3. Their most recent match was a reasonably close fought 1-2 at home against Annan yesterday, but it did little to dispell the memories of a shambolic 7-1 at Hampden earlier this month. The Dream Team have garnered 14 points so far, thanks in no small part to two wins over Albion Rovers, with a goal difference of minus 42. A win for Berwick will give them a ten point lead over Rovers with 8 games left to play for the latter, whilst the Coatbridge side will close the gap to safety to just four points with a win. With Cove or East Kilbride very able and willing to operate the Trapdoor at the end of the season, this is a match neither team can afford to lose.
  3. One from the archives.....remember when linesmen's shorts were too short. Loved the Ducket Fence but hated the greyhounds. Nearly 19 mins of highlights but if you were there (like me), you'll understand why. Cameraman unknown and contains strong language for those of a sensitive nature.
  4. League Cup 2018/19 Group F

    Image kindly borrowed from Airdrieonians' Twitter. I'd be content with fourth place, happy with third, delighted with second.
  5. Contain your excitement. It's the spring, it's a Tuesday night, the league season is over... so it must be East of Scotland 'City' Cup time. After disposing of East of Scotland League hotshots LTHV in October in last season's final, this season's edition sees the mighty Wee Gers take on prominent Lowland League side East Kilbride. They'll be looking to add our scalps to those of Stenhousemuir, who they defeated in their way to playing Celtic in the Scottish Cup. Website preview: http://www.berwickrangers.com/east-of-scotland-cup-final-on-tuesday-at-shielfield/ With the league campaign having only dead-rubbers left, will the manager field his first XI in the pursuit of silverware and casting his eye over the squad before next season? Maybe some fringe players or U-20s will get a chance to prove themselves? And can the kebab juggernaut roll on for another season?
  6. Gers vs Vers (Wee version)

    Nothing like a Scottish Cup tie in England, is there? This fixture means that once again there will be a place in the last 16 for at least one L2 side, but with the league competition as tight as it currently is, how much would that achievement mean? There are plenty of Cup heroes at Cliftonhill right now- our management duo are both former Scottish Cup finalists, but Darren and Sandy's successes aside we have a group of players who loved the big games in this competition last season, and made club history with their over-achievement. Of course, as a player Colin Cameron has done better than any of our lot- he won the Scottish Cup, and scored in the final, 17 seasons ago. But in any case I'm not sure our teams' past experiences will count for very much at this stage. Both teams know each other well and the competition will probably be as stiff as in our other 4 meetings this season. Berwick have had no problems scoring but have conceded almost as many- their defence could be described as "Gemmell-friendly". In all competitions, Rovers have conceded the joint-second fewest goals of all the SPFL teams. However, our defence is statistically "Berwick-friendly"- the last time they failed to score against us was in 2008! I've already expressed my relative disinterest in the outcome of this - whatever happens the league is still the more important competition - but even if they go no further in the Cup, a win in this game coupled with a play-off finish would make it a season to remember for either set of fans. Having said that, as a Rovers fan I'm being tempted into setting my heart on something more memorable than a PO spot, and if I could bargain with the footballing Gods I'd settle for a defeat in the last 32 in recompense.
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