McInally frustrated by quick Berwick reply

PETERHEAD V BERWICK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S  RORY McALLISTER  CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH SCOTT ROSS
PETERHEAD V BERWICK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH SCOTT ROSS

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was left ruing his side’s spurned opportunity to gain three points over the play-off chasing pack in the Scottish Third Division last weekend, his side drawing 1-1 with visitors Berwick Rangers.

But Peterhead looked to be in winning moods in the opening minutes of the game, striker Rory McAllister redeeming himself from his sending off in the Rangers fixture with a magical free-kick that was flighted into the corner of Marc McCallum’s net.

However, the Blue Toon faithful would be left stunned when, just seconds after the restart, Darren Lavery’s strike from outside the area levelled the sides.

Speaking after the game, McInally commented on his side’s defending.

He said: “I always shout when we score a goal to go and get the ball back and it was something I always did in my own career.

“Part of my job was, if we score a goal, not to rest on your laurels and make sure you go and chase it down because you’re always really vulnerable when you’ve scored.”

On Berwick’s equaliser, McInally added: “I was so angry at that moment because they’ve scored within 20 seconds of us scoring, or something like that, and it never gives us a chance to get our confidence up or for them to have a low period because, straight away, they were back in the game.”

However, on reflection, he found it hard to begrudge the visitors a point in the end, saying: “A draw was a fair result. I think they’re a good side. They’re a good footballing team – I like them.”

Despite now extending their run without a win to five, the boss pointed out that the Blue Toon have also not been losing games.

“Take away the Rangers game, we’ve got a wee’ bit of steel about us.

“We’ll get back into that habit of winning again. That’ll come because we’ve got too many decent players in there and, obviously, again we’ve got a couple of players in (to the club) and they’ll take a few weeks to get in (the side),” he said.

Most recently, the Blue Toon welcomed Andy Rogers to the club on loan from Stenhousemuir, the Blue Toon having tried to sign the player in the pre-season.

With their ranks somewhat bolstered by his arrival, the club will attempt to end their winless streak without Scott Ross and Ryan Strachan, who will both be serving bans, when they travel to face East Stirling this weekend.