Simon Ferry believes there are plenty of positives to take from Peterhead’s League Cup loss to Dunfermline.
The Blue Toon were beaten 3-0 by the Pars at East End Park on Tuesday.
The results leaves the Buchan side with two points from two games in the group stage.
Now they face Stirling Albion on Saturday and Dundee on Tuesday – both at Balmoor – knowing that two wins could take them into the last-16 of the League Cup.
Ferry believes the midweek encounter with Championship Dunfermline was good preparation for facing fellow League Two side Stirling on Saturday.
He said: “It was good preparation for Stirling on Saturday because it’s still really pre-season so it was good for the boys to get that sort of workout against Dunfermline’s type of players.
“It’s also good to see us working as a team against better sorts of players like that.
“We won’t underestimate Stirling Albion either because they have good players.
“But it’s a good test for us going into the season.
“I thought the boys did well and worked really hard against a good team who are two leagues above us.
“We looked organised as well as working hard.
“To start with their movement upfront was a bit of a problem but once we got settled into the game we looked good.
“And there were spells when we looked like we could score a goal.
“To be 1-0 with five minutes to go and finish 3-0 was a bit harsh on the boys I thought.”
Tuesday’s game was also an important one for Ferry personally.
It helped get him up to fitness having only returned from Cyprus where his brother was getting married last Wednesday.
He added: “I played 30 minutes on Saturday and have been a bit under the weather.
“But it was good to get 80 minutes against a good team like Dunfermline.
“Hopefully that helps bring my fitness on and hopefully I can get another couple of games before the season starts.”
Meanwhile, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally has given youngster Liam Macdonald a one-year contract.
The former Inverness Caley Thistle player has been training with Peterhead during pre-season.
The 18-year-old, who can play in defence and midfield, has also featured as a trialist in the Buchan team’s pre-season friendlies.
McInally said: “He’s got a terrific attitude and when he played in our friendlies he dealt with everything well and is good at getting second balls in midfield.
“He’s a hard worker and he looks after himself, we’ve signed him and we may loan him out to a Highland League team so that he can play regularly.”