Club News

HUNTLY 1 PETERHEAD 6

Sun 22 Jul 2012

Jim McInally expressed his sympathy for Dave Ross after the utility man suffered a broken collarbone in the impressive win over Huntly at Christie Park today, but admits it could lead to Robbie Winters being snapped up after the former Aberdeen man's stunning performance as a trialist.

Winters bagged two of Peterhead's six goals after replacing the stricken Ross at half-time, and was close to a third goal – his 89th minute shot finding the net off luckless goalkeeper Neil Hastie.

Martin Bavidge also struck found the net twice in the 6-1 win, with Roy McBain having levelled David Booth's penalty opener.

Speaking about the injury suffered by Ross, McInally said "It's a big blow, he's broken his collarbone. It's the thing you dread in pre-season. He's not a boy that's blessed with a lot of luck. In my time here he's been blighted by injury.

"It's so sad for him because he was big in my plans for this season. He's going to need an operation, and hopefully he'll get that tonight or tomorrow. I don't think the recovery is too bad so hopefully he'll be back before too long."

The former Morton and East Stirling boss has been working with a limited squad, but will try to finance a deal for Winters after his fine display.

"Robbie's had a few offers but he's been up here twice because he's enjoyed it," he added. "I don't know if we can do something in the short term but I'll speak to the chairman. With the Rangers game we've maybe got a wee bit extra, because the budget was gone. I'll see, because it does leave us a player short for a period of time.

"The pleasing thing I've seen with Robbie coming on is Bav and Rory seem to react to him and play off him."

Following their defeat to Cove Rangers, Peterhead have racked up ten goals in wins over Turriff United and then Huntly, and have one more game before their Ramsdens Cup tie against East Fife.

They will host Fraserburgh on Tuesday night, and McInally is looking to use that as a springboard into the competitive action – and has challenged his players to use the match to earn a place against the Fifers.

"I knew the rivalry, and pre-season can be a bit nicey-nice. With the rivalry there, it'll be a game we'll need to be well up for and it'll start us off in preparation for the real stuff on Saturday. It should be a good game and I'm looking forward to it.

"Tuesday will be about players having to play their way into the team. There's good competition for places. Every game of football is different and you've got to adjust, so it's about trying to get what's needed for that particular game."

A full report of the win against Huntly can be found in the match reports section of the website.