BAJFC manager Keith Gibson could not hide his disappointment after his side crumbled to a 7-1 friendly defeat to HIghland League visitors Fraserburgh FC on Saturday at Whitton Park. Despite taking the lead and going in level at halftime, a second half slump saw the Fed lose six goals without reply. Read below what he had to say…

“After a good workout on Tuesday and in general a good pre season so far, it was really disappointing on Saturday losing to Fraserburgh in the manner we did. Our performance was nowhere near the standards we expect here at the club and the manner in which we got beat was unacceptable.

We lost too many sloppy goals and couldn’t keep possession for any period of time. We can make excuses that we were missing seven players through either holidays or injuries, l and it was only our second game, but the squad we have now we shouldn’t be getting beat by that margin or producing that kind of performance. I’m sure the players know their self that it isn’t acceptable especially after our chat after the game.

I have to give credit to Fraserburgh who I thought were very good throughout the game and the way they went about their business was excellent and we wish them all the best for the season. The only positive is that we still have two weeks to go until the start of the season and we have to work hard in the remaining games and in training whilst our fitness levels are looking good.

We’ll hopefully be adding another two faces to the squad this week and when we have everyone available we’ll have competition for places throughout the team, something which I think we lacked a bit last season. We want to keep improving and I think that the squad we have assembled this season can definitely do that, barring Saturday’s scoreline there is definitely signs of a togetherness which we will need and it will be great to get away this weekend to play a game down in Blackpool and some team bonding.

One last thing is that we will all sorely miss Sandy Dorward, he was a big part of the club standing along with us in our dugout and I’m sure he’ll get a great send off on Tuesday at his funeral…”