Saints boss glad to bounce back

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Banchory St Ternan manager Tom McPherson was delighted at the way his side bounced back after their Deeside derby humiliation.

Saints recorded a 4-2 victory over relegation threatened Fraserburgh United at Milton Park with goals from Lewis Shand, Keith Horne, Richard Stainer and Mark Galashan.

McPherson praised the way his side defended on Saturday only days after he criticised the defence after the 5-0 defaet to Culter.

He said: “I felt we played very well on Saturday and the defence deserves credit for bouncing back after the Culter defeat but we can still do better.

“We could have won by a bigger margin against Fraserburgh. They are bottom of the league but teams like that are battling to stay up so it’s always difficult.”

“After a heavy defeat it can sometimes be difficult to get morale up but the lads have responded brilliantly. You learn a lot about people after a defeat like that.

“I told them we just have to take it one game at a time and they did well against Fraserburgh.”

The Saints manager has appointed a new captain in Jim Fettes after consultating with former skipper Mark Galashan.

“Mark took the decision well and admitted he was reluctant to take on the role in the first place.

“We agreed that the captaincy might be affecting his performances so Mark supported the decision and he was excellent on Saturday, getting himself a goal.

“Jim was an obvious choice as we have worked together for many years at Parkvale and then Sunnybank. He has experience of winning trophies and I have no doubt he will be a great captain.”