ALAN McMath, fresh off the pitch from scoring his third hat-trick of the season, insists he still isn’t completely happy with his performance.

The former Leithen Rovers hitman saved the day for Peebles Rovers as they battled back to win from a losing position twice against Coldstream last Saturday.

And despite taking the match ball home, he rues the chances he missed earlier in the game.

“To be honest, we should have had that game wrapped up by half-time,” he admitted.

“We made things hard for ourselves and, personally, I missed a few glorious opportunities. However, we just kept battling away and worked hard – the boys are a credit to the club.”

The Whitestone Park pitch didn’t make things easier for either team, as both teams battled for control on a boggy surface, a point McMath acknowledges but conceded a winning start to 2018 was all that mattered.

He continued: “It was certainly a battle, the pitch was very difficult to play on. It took you two or three touches to get the ball at your feet, the same again for getting them out the mud.

“It did make the game very difficult, which is why we looked a bit scrappy and left us chasing after the game at times.

“But, I think getting the three points was essential and the way that we won was very important: our attitude was superb and that’s something that we’ll need to have in every game going forward.

“Ultimately, I think this will prove to be a very important three points.”

Peebles travel to Warner Park this weekend ot face Eyemouth United.