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    Looking forward  

    Sunday, July 17, 2016 7:01:05 PM

    Jack Ross after Berwick Rangers game

    It was good that John Coughlin contacted me so soon after the draw for the opening Betfred Ties, which meant both our teams would have a free Saturday, so it allowed us to keep the continuity of games right up to our opening competitive fixture on Tuesday night against Cove Rangers. I think however like all pre season friendlies the games at the latter stages can become scrappy and ragged due the substitutions which are made in these fixtures, not always due to the quality but just the fact the game gets broken up so regularly, but overall it was good and I think for us to go through the pre season unbeaten is important, if we had lost every game managers would say it doesn’t matter but there is an element of importance to the games, as a club it is good to keep the habit of not losing and winning games and I think we deserved to win the game again today. It certainly was a goal fit to win any game and I think for Isaac he had an up and down half but his finish was really good and in fairness to him he has come back in the pre season in great condition and he has looked as if he has benefited from the experiences of the second half of last season and his two goals in pre season will take him into the new season in a great frame of mind.

    Looking forward to getting into the competitive games starting with the Betfred Cup, but because the games come so quickly between themselves I will still look to rotate the players used because we will have four games in ten days and August will be a busy month with fixtures, I think you will find most teams will do that, we will use these games to use our squad fully and to be sure we are in the best possible condition for the start of the league matches. We start on Tuesday evening at home against Cove Rangers and regardless of the opposition, because of our record at home last season, we will look to make sure at home this season we will look to take a lot of points from games here, it is a very different environment to last season because the new pitch is terrific and the dimensions are now back to the larger playing area again and we have used it well in the pre season games and we must look to take that form into competitive matches, if some team is coming here and looking to take something from us they will have to be at be at their very best to do so.

    The Cove Rangers fixture will be a very difficult game, we had them watched on Friday night against Raith Rovers at Station Park, Forfar and they did very well and having players of the calibre of Mitch Megginson, who we know well for playing for us last season shows you the resources they have, so under no illusions of how difficult a match it will be but it is one the players are excited about, not starting on the same day as everybody else does have a peculiar feeling about it but looking forward to Tuesday.

    Jack Ross

    Managers Corner