Peterhead FC: Enough is enough says McInally

Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally
Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally and experienced striker Andy Rodgers are both desperate for the season to begin with two huge cup games on the horizon.

Speaking after his side’s 2-2 friendly draw against former League Two opponents East Stirlingshire, McInally said: “We’re getting to the stage now when we want the real ball to come out.

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V CLYDE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS CELEBRATES HIS OPENER

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V CLYDE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS CELEBRATES HIS OPENER

“We seem to have been back quite a while now in terms of training and friendly games.

“But we made seven changes at one time against the Shire and that totally ruins the game.

“It has to be done - preseason is about getting fitness into the players - but you get to the stage where enough is enough, let’s get on with the season.”

The draw with the Shire at Grangemouth is the fifth friendly the Blue Toon have played this summer already following clashes with Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, Dundee United reserves and a behind-closed-doors bounce game against Motherwell.

With another friendly against a Dons’ youth side on the books for this evening (Tuesday, July 22), it is understandable that both the management and players are eager to kick off the competitive campaign.

The first two scheduled ties Peterhead have to prepare for are cup ties away to Montrose and Dundee FC respectively.

Striker Andy Rodgers, who netted twice against the Shire, said: “The cup ties are very good and between the two are a good mix.

“This Saturday we’ll probably be expected to go and win the match at Montrose.”

He added: “Some people say the challenge cup doesn’t matter but once you start winning a couple of games you’re into the quarter finals.

“Then Dundee is obviously the other side of the coin.

“We’ll go and try and cause them problems but I don’t think there’s anyone who’s expecting us to win that game.

“That’s one we can go and enjoy with the big crowd and have a go.”

Peterhead face Aberdeen tonight (Tuesday) at Balmoor for the traditional Scottish Week tie.