Peterhead will have to put the disappointment of Saturday’s Cup defeat at the hands of Dundee firmly behind them this weekend as the new season gets underway.
The Blue Toon were at the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing by Dundee on Saturday as they were given a taste of things to come.
Now the focus turns to a new season with Peterhead taking on Stirling Albion in the opener at Balmoor on Saturday in League One.
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally is confident that his team can make their mark in the next level.
Peterhead FC were the undisputed title favourites going into the last campaign but with the weight of expectation lifted, the manager now believes his side are more dangerous than ever.
While McInally was never arrogant about his side’s ambitions last season, the target was clear: promotion and the league title.
As the Blue Toon’s reputation as the League Two heavyweights grew however, McInally and his charges found playing at Balmoor increasingly frustrating.
Visiting teams were happy to defend behind the ball and rarely were Peterhead able to play the fast, flowing football they proved capable of during trips to Hampden and Broadwood.
In the run-up to the start of new season, McInally told the Buchanie: “I think no longer being the favourites can work in our favour.
“We’ve got good enough players that we could hurt anybody.
“If you look at the out-of-this-world goal that Andy Rodgers scored against the Shire in pre-season, or if you look at the equally stunning goal Rory McAllister scored against Aberdeen , there are not many other teams with quality like that to score goals,” he said.
“Whatever we do, we will always carry a goal threat.
“If we can maintain that, then be tight and organised we will have a chance to win every game.”
However, unlike last year a definite goal for the season has not been established by the boss.
McInally continued: “We really just want to do well in this league.
“The last time we were in this league we ended up being relegated so we just have to keep doing what we know we can do well.”
But although the Peterhead boss may be playing down his side’s chances, there are many inside Balmoor who believe that the play-offs are a more than achievable goal for the season ahead.