Saints boss focuses on first silverware

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Banchory St Ternan manager Tom McPherson is targeting cup success in his first season with the club.

Saints saw off Dyce Juniors last Saturday to set up a semi-final tie with Fraserburgh United in the McLeman Cup.

With a top half league position looking secure, McPherson is focusing on bringing silverware to Milton Park for the first time since 2008 when Saints won the First Division title.

The Banchory boss was delighted with his side’s performance in the 3-1 win over Dyce last weekend.

He said: “It was a great result. We had to shift the team about a bit because our captain Jim Fettes was cup-tied but we coped well.

“We were the better team throughout the match but Dyce are one of those teams that are always tough and they have been a bit of bogey team for me personally over the years.”

Saints are now only one match away from a cup final and will fancy their chances against bottom club Fraserburgh United, who they beat 4-2 two weeks ago.

McPherson said: “You could argue that the draw has been kind to us but Fraserburgh knocked out Hall Russell United at the weekend, who are currently top of the league.

“We will take nothing for granted and I will be drilling that into the players over the next few weeks.”

Although the Superleague title seems out of reach this year, McPherson knows his side will have a major part in who does win the league with Banchory still to face a number of the contenders.

“May will be an important month for us. If we win our next three games we could be up to third in the table and that is something I did not expect when I came to the club in March,” said McPherson.

“The title is out of our hands but we can still have a big say in who wins it.

“We have been formidable at Milton Park and it shows that a bit of hard work and belief can go a long way in football.”

The former Sunnybank boss says that he, along with the rest of his coaching staff, are loving life at Milton Park and the supporters can be optimistic about the future of Banchory St Ternan.