Peterhead’s new signing Robbie Winters bagged his third goal in two games as the Blue Toon retained the Buchan Cup with victory over Highland League side Fraserburgh at Balmoor this evening.
The 37-year old striker capitalised on a mistake by Fraserburgh’s Neil Main to send an exquisite chip over goalkeeper John Calder as the Blue Toon ran out 1-0 winners over their local rivals.
The match was a scrappy battle at times, which is no more than Peterhead boss Jim McInally had hoped for, as he explained afterwards.
“I knew exactly what was going to happen. The first half-hour was exactly what was required,” he said.
“It was towsy with a lot of late tackles which is just what we needed. I was quite happy with that aspect of the game.
“Fraserburgh are a good side. They’re tough opponents. They’ve got a few games under their belt including one against Falkirk in which they gave a good account of themselves.”
The Blue Toon faced their first competitive game of the season against Second Division East Fife on Saturday, and it ended in disappointment as Peterhead crashed out of the cup following a 2-1 defeat.
Prior to the game, McInally admitted his side looked a little short of being ready for the campaign, adding: “We probably could have done with another couple of games like this, tough and towsy, blood and snotters.
“We’ve now got games against Dundee then Rangers, where our opponents will be sharp in the head and if we play as we have done tonight then we’ll get punished for that,” he said.
“We’ve got options, but we’ll probably need everyone anyway with the tough games ahead.”