PETERHEAD’S hopes of a play-off place were slim but they were dashed on Saturday where, despite a win for the Toon against Annan Athletic, results elsewhere made it impossible for JIm McInally’s side to get a top four finish.
However, the Blue Toon boss was more than encouraged by his team’s display as they came away with a vital three points in their bid to place as high as possible after what has largely been a woeful season.
McInally was still ruing the 90th minute equaliser scored by Clyde the week before, which put the nail in the play-off coffin for his side.
But he called on his team to show their mettle on Saturday and take the away win at Annan.
Speaking prior to Saturday’s game, McInally said: “The 90th minute equaliser from Clyde really ended any dreams we had of a play-off place.
“It would have been nice to keep the pot boiling, but it was not to be.
“We defended quite well but we were not at it going forward and despite the fact we didn’t lose a win would have kept up the confidence in the team.”
McInally continued: “The aim now for the lads is to finish as far up the league as possible.
“I said a few weeks ago our aim was to try and finish above Annan and that’s still possible.
“It would be nice for us to go down there and win. We played them at the start of the season when they were at the top of the league and we were at the bottom and I think it would show the lads how far we have come in that space of time if we can overtake them at the end of the season.”
Turning to next season, McInally says he and his backroom team are now concentrating on re-signing players and looking at some fresh faces to add to the squad.
“With next season in mind, we need to go to places like Annan and try and get results and we have to be mentally strong.
“We really do need to get that mental strength.
“We are now working hard on how we can re-sign some of the players and source some new playes who can take Peterhead up to the next level.
“We will try and get these guys to re-sign but it will be a hard task and at the end of the day it will be up to them whether they want to stay here or not.
“Everything will be getting reduced a wee bit, but there will be some money available and it will be up to me to try and get the players re-signed that I want to re-sign and get some new players into the squad,” he added.
Peterhead’s next game is at home to East Stirlingshire on Saturday, May 5, with a 3pm kick-off.
It is hoped that plenty of fans will turn out to support the team to ensure a high-flying end to the season.