Peterhead manager Jim McInally swapped Tuesday night’s usual training session for a bounce game against a non-senior side to ensure that as many players as possible have recent game time in their legs when they face Civil Service Strollers in The Scottish Cup on Saturday.
The Blue Toon fielded Jordon Brown, Ryan Duncan, Andrew McCarthy and Hamish Ritchie at various stages whilst Simon Ferry did some light training, in a game that Peterhead won, with the highlights including a hat-trick from Grant Savoury and a goal from a trialist who has been training with the club recently.
Jim said: “We did well at the weekend to beat Queen’s Park with so many players out. We were given the chance of a game on Tuesday and took it as it was a good opportunity to get some boys up to speed with game time. Jordon has been missing for a while and Hamish has been missing for a couple of weeks and therefore needing action.”
“Andrew was serving a one game ban in our last game so it was an opportunity to have him match ready as well.”
Jim added: “We are in for a really difficult cup tie at Civil Service Strollers and I wanted to have as many players ready to face them and the game provided that. It was good to see Ryan play for us again but he will not be rushed. Simon Ferry is still a major doubt, Ryan Conroy is touch and go whereas Gary Fraser and Alan Cook will not make it.
” It was good to see Ryan play for us again but he will not be rushed but we are in a better place than we have been recently.”