CALVIN Shand wants Foresters Park to become a fortress after his Tranent Juniors side continued their fine home form with a derby win at the weekend.

The Belters welcome Berwick Rangers this Saturday after edging past Musselburgh Athletic last week.

A place in the third round of the South Region Challenge Cup is at stake and Shand was expecting a tough game.

The Tranent boss said: “It will be a tough game. I watched Berwick last week against Edinburgh University and they were organised and efficient.

“It will be a tough game but I think they will look at it in the same way.

“We are still unbeaten at home in the league and we have got a really good record. It is a place people don’t want to come and play and the type of team we are means we are capable of getting through.”

Berwick, who were relegated to the Lowland League at the end of last season, have had a bumpy start to life in the fifth tier of Scottish football.

They sit 13th in the league and have won just one of their opening five league games.

Former Tranent caretaker boss Ian Little guided his side to a 4-0 win over Newtongrange Star in the first round of the competition and will be looking to progress.

Shand’s men were pushed hard by county rivals Musselburgh on Saturday but emerged victorious to go top of the East of Scotland Premier Division.

The hosts had the better of the first half but were pegged back by Conor Thomson’s penalty as Musselburgh fought their way back into the tie after the break.However, they showed the strength of character to find a winner and move to the top of the division.

The manager said: “The team I inherited when I came here would have lost games like that.

“We need to win ugly as well as play the nice football that we can play.”

Shand also had a special word of praise for Kyle Lander, who joined the club from Newtongrange Star.

The striker, who scored on his debut for Livingston as a 16-year-old six years ago before going on to join St Johnstone, immediately made his mark in a maroon jersey, scoring both of Tranent’s goals.

The manager said: “He was brilliant, unbelievable. It all happened really quickly. Thursday morning, we got wind that it might be a possibility and I know the quality that he has got.

“He has played at a good level and at this stage in his career he needed a fresh challenge. I spoke to him and he was keen to join.

“I was delighted to get it over the line and he definitely repaid me on Saturday.”

Shand also wished the best of luck to Musselburgh, who he managed before taking the reins at Tranent. Burgh now sit 14th in the 16-team table, with just one win from their five league games.

Kevin McDonald, manager of the Olivebank side, had vowed to give Shand, who he worked under, a cuddle after the game.

Shand said: “He was true to his word.We had a pint after it and I spoke to him on the way home.

“He is my best mate and I want him to do well – just not against us.

“I will be as keen as anybody to see Musselburgh do well.”