By Neil Hobson
IT WAS far from pretty, but Jamie Mackay believes that matters little after Rovers picked up another three points.
Ger Rossi’s team triumphed over Coldstream at Home Park last Saturday, with Mackay putting in a good performance at right-back as the Rovers battled for the win in Berwickshire.
The vast improvement in the squad was clear to see, with Mackay full of praise for the team’s development over the past year.
Speaking to peeblesrovers.com, the defender said: “We did make it difficult for ourselves at times, but at the end of the day we won.
“It was a good three points away from home against a decent Coldstream side that played to their strengths.
“We didn’t play to ours, but I do think that was a win we might not have gotten last year – we’re definitely improving.
“There’s a character and a bond in the squad, along with a desire to help each other out that was lacking at times last season.
“Obviously it was frustrating to concede two goals, but again, all that matters is that we scored more and came back up the road happier.
“There are issues to work on, in defence and attack, but we’ll come back to training and try and make sure they won’t happen again.”
Rovers are taking a break from league duties this weekend, with the Football Nation Qualifying Cup producing a second-round tie against Gretna at Whitestone this Saturday.
Davie Irons’ Lowland League side currently sit at a respectable sixth, with Mackay fully aware of the threat that the Dumfriesshire outfit pose.
He continued: “They’ll be no mugs, they’re obviously a league above and doing well in the Lowland at the moment.
“I think if we play well, Whitestone can be a very hard place to come. If we can go out and keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll give anyone a game.”