Martyn Fotheringham was delighted to begin the new season with a win alongside two goals for himself in the 2-0 win over Buckie Thistle.
The midfielder netted twice in the first half on Saturday, the first coming from the spot before sweeping home a Gavin Malin cross.
Speaking after the game, Fotheringham said “It’s always good to start with goals, it’s good to be back because summers without football are rubbish, it was a shorter break, a four week break so the boys aren’t that unfit, still rusty with touches and things like that but it’s good to be back and get a win in your first pre-season game.”
The experienced Fotheringham is in his ninth season at the club now having joined from Cowdenbeath in 2007, making around 250 appearances for Dick Campbell’s side.
“I feel good going into the coming season, we’ve lost a few boys obviously and brought a couple in, it’ll take them a few weeks to settle in but they’re looking good in training, I think we need to try and find another striker but everyone seems to be in the same boat, everyone is looking for a striker so there can’t be that many out there!”
”It may well be that we have to get a couple of loans when the season starts but we’re looking not too bad, it’s the first game so we’ll take it from there.”
Fotheringham believes new signings Thomas O’Brien, Kevin Nicoll, Bryan Hodge and the returning Iain Campbell are all gelling in well so far “There’s no shyness about them, they’re good outgoing boys, the gaffer always tends to bring in boys that he knows all about, he finds out about them first and does his homework, but they’re great lads and fitting in quite well”
Youngsters Kerr Hay, Craig Smith, James Yates, Cameron Clark and Michael Kennedy all played a part in the friendly and Fotheringham reckons playing in games like this can help to see if they can get more involved in the coming season
“It’s down to them to play a part in the coming season, pre-season’s for boys like them to get minutes against, obviously, men because they play in that development league and its quite false football at times because boys won’t tackle you or clatter you but it’s good to give them minutes in pre-season games to see if they’re willing to step up to it so it’s up to themselves.”