Mark Bertram aims to keep Watsonians’ bid going

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In-form Watsonians winger Mark Bertram has set his sights on four crucial matches before Christmas as the Myreside men continue their push towards the BT Premiership.

After Saturday’s victory over Howe of Fife, Watsonians have a ten-point lead at the top of BT National League One at the halfway point and are in pole position to go up to the top flight.

However, previous title challenges have faltered around this stage – and Bertram, 20, is determined to keep the good form going this time.

Bertram arrived at the club in the summer from Biggar and has been a revelation, bagging 12 tries in 12 matches.

“I’m loving life at Watsonians, the training and coaching is first class and my team mates are a great group of boys,” the apprentice mechanical engineer said.

“I had been at Biggar since I was small and it was all that I had known, so moving away could have been tricky, but everyone here made me feel welcome straight away.

“We have lost a couple of matches to Musselburgh and Dundee HSFP, but in general we have been in pretty good form and the forward pack gives us a really good platform.

“When I look around the quality we have in the backs it is brilliant. To have ex-pros James King and David Blair in the group is great because the rest of us can learn so much from them and their experience is key out there on the pitch.”

Bertram, who scored a try double in Cupar at the weekend as did full-back Andrew Chalmers, is also benefitting from working closely with head coach Marcus Di Rollo.

Di Rollo won 21 caps for Scotland at centre and Bertram said: “Marcus spends a lot of time with me doing one-on-one sessions and helping me work on my skills, while the whole squad enjoy working with him and Simon Taylor.

“We know we have had a good season to date, but there are no easy games in this division.

“There are four big matches to come up before the Christmas break and we cannot afford to take our foot off the gas at all.”

This Saturday Watsonians head to Peebles and then they have home matches against Edinburgh Accies and Musselburgh before a trip to Stewart’s Melville on December 19.