The double header of friendlies over the weekend tested the Shipyard squad to the maximum and with the exertions of Wednesday’s match at Alloa still fresh in the player’s bodies the team slumped to two defeats against Turriff and Lochore. The 6-0 loss to Turriff was extremely harsh as the team competed well against a very good side, much improved since the Scottish tie last season, as late goals did not give a true reflection of the performance. Seventeen hours later the squad was back in action at Central park and before they could find their feet they were three goals down inside the first quarter. However, no more goals were conceded and a well finished goal from Alex peoples gave the Shipyard squad some consolation as the match finished in a 3-1 defeat.
Manager Myles remained upbeat and reflected “Although the performances in the two games were a bit below par, there’s no doubting that the two games were worthwhile. Turriff were a very good side, just as we expected them to be. However, we gave the ball away too cheaply and they didn’t need to work very hard to get shots on goal. What disappointed me most was that we seemed to throw in the towel in the last half hour or so and that’s not something I want to see happen again. We started the Lochore match the same as we’d finished the night before. We were sloppy in everything we did, in possession and when we were defending. The three goals we gave away in the opening 25 minutes were pretty poor and it’s something we’ll need to work at. On the positive side, the team showed a bit more character than they had the previous night. After the bad start, they rallied a bit and played some decent football and created a few chances before Alex scored late on. It’s also fair to say that Jordan pulled off a couple of decent saves in the second half too”. Looking ahead to this week Myles said “The next two matches will give us a chance to put a few things right and I’m looking forward to continuing our preparation for the new season”.