Peterhead manager Jim McInally is looking forward to the League 1 season kicking off this afternoon at Balmoor against Alloa Athletic with the Blue Toon boss well aware that the Wasps will be out to prove a point.
Barry Ferguson left his position as manager of Kelty Hearts in the summer to take over at the Clackmannanshire side who were relegated from the Championship with Jim saying: “As well as having a new manager to impress the Alloa players will be out to show that their time in this league will be brief. They will want to get off to a fast start and show that they are one of the sides who should be considered favorites for the title.”
“These factors are strong motivators however there is also a bit of pressure attached as Alloa are now in a position where they are expected to win most weeks. They have experienced players to handle that with the likes of Scott Taggart and Andy Graham who have been with the club for a long time so that pressure may not upset them.”
“We have had Alloa watched a couple of times and know a good bit about them. They have also brought in fresh faces with Connor Sammon joining our former players Steven Boyd and Ben Armour up front. We know how dangerous those two can be so overall we know that this will be a tough game.”
“However we have been sharp in training this week and have a few bodies back. We have our own targets to hit and will be looking to start heading towards them with a win.”
Jason Brown misses out through suspension however Andrew McCarthy is available again after a hamstring problem with Simon Ferry and Lyall Cameron both also available for selection after shrugging off knocks. Summer signing, and one time Alloa striker, Russell McLean is also back in manager McInally’s thoughts after serving a one game ban.
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Watching the game
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