AFTER last week's opening day defeat to Lasswade, Greenock Wanderers will be hoping for better luck on their travels when they make the long trip to take on Berwick, writes John Dyer.

The Scremerston side's first league game against Strathmore was postponed last week and they have also kept their pre-season preparations under wraps, so there is no indication of the home side's strengths and weaknesses.

Despite a never-say-die performance from Wanderers, Lasswade showed the Greenock men no mercy in the 36-7 loss at Fort Matilda.

It was a harsh introduction to the new campaign but it gives a clear indication of the challenges which lie ahead this season and Grant Sweenie will be aware his players are in for another difficult test.

After last week's round of games, West of Scotland lie second in the table and Hillhead had a fine away victory against Howe of Fife to be placed third in the league table.

Last week's bruising battle has left Wanderers with a number of injuries which are being looked at by club sports injury clinician Kirsty Rodgers.

At this time there is no indication of who will travel or be available for selection.

The club are fortunate that there are a number of under-18 players ready to make the step-up.

Last week Jack McDaid had his first taste of senior rugby and equipped himself very well.

Fort Matilda coaches have looked after a good crop of youngsters ready to take their opportunity at senior level.

This is a result of the club's academy system seeing youngsters from primary school age and guiding them to maturity to give them their chance to shine.

Wanderers had an extraordinary game against Berwick at Murrayfield in the Silver Saturday National Shield Final, leading some 35-plus points.

Berwick clawed back to level and send the game into extra time and won the match.

Wanderers will have to again summon their very best efforts for what is going to be a very difficult 80 minutes tomorrow.

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