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Blue Toon boss wary of East Fife threat

Fri 09 Aug 2019

Gary Fraser was one of several summer signings made by the Blue Toon Gary Fraser was one of several summer signings made by the Blue Toon

Peterhead manager Jim McInally says his players must be ready to face a confident East Fife in League 1.

Both sides began the new season with a draw, the Blue Toon frustrating Falkirk and Darren Young’s team sharing two goals with Clyde.

The point was a good starting block for the Balmoor men, who were largely untroubled against their full-time opponents.

East Fife remain buoyant after advancing beyond their Betfred Cup group, which included Hearts and Dundee Utd.

Their reward is a last 16 tie with Rangers in Methil later this month and McInally believes there is a feel-good factor around the Fifers.

McInally said: “East Fife have carried on from last season.”

“I think they started poorly and then they had a really good spell, which saw them reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.”

“They just missed out on the promotion play-offs and they seem to have carried on in the same vein this season.”

“It will be tough on Saturday but every game will be in this league because if you switch off there are players in every team that can hurt you.”

“You can tell by the results in the Betfred Cup that there is good quality in League 1 because a lot of clubs had good results against Premiership and Championship teams, and I include us in that.”

“I don’t think there is any room for error but we will probably go there as underdogs again, which could suit us.”

Last week’s occasion was a fine way to mark Peterhead’s return to the third tier of the SPFL.

The unfurling of the League 2 flag preceded a steady showing from the Blue Toon, who were forced into a late change after Willie Gibson suffered a calf injury in the warm-up.

McInally said: “It was a good day last weekend.”

“I was really pleased the SPFL pushed the boat out with their presentation of the flag and I thought it was a nice ceremony.”

“It was really well done and it was good that we had a big crowd there against the promotion favourites.”

“A draw was fair result because neither team did enough to win the game. We could have done better offensively but as a team I thought we did well and hopefully we can carry that on.”

Team news - Rory McAllister completes a two-match ban and Aidan Smith also misses out to attend a family wedding. Willie Gibson has a calf injury.