Match Previews

Preview: Albion Rovers v Peterhead

Fri 16 Oct 2015

Nathan Blockley is set to miss the Albion Rovers match with an ankle injury as Peterhead bid to carry the feel-good factor of reaching a cup semi final into Saturday's League 1 trip to Coatbridge. 

Steven Noble is also doubtful for the Cliftonhill clash with a back complaint, while a strained hamstring could rule out Leighton McIntosh but Rory McAllister should be fine after a dead leg.   

The Blue Toon reached the last four of the Petrofac Training Cup with a 3-0 victory over Stenhousemuir last weekend and the resultant draw paired them with opposition from Scotland's bottom tier, Queen's Park. 

Before next month's much anticipated Hampden tie, the target for Jim McInally's men is to notch up some wins and climb a congested table where they currently sit seventh. 

McInally, whose team played Arbroath in a closed-doors friendly on Monday, said: "The players have got a spring in their step.  I sense it from their feedback about the cup draw and the excitement of being in the semi-finals."

"They know they will probably never get a better chance of reaching a national cup final, and the same can be said about Queen's Park, so with that incentive being there, our players will need to be on their toes and fight for their places over the coming weeks, which augurs well."

"We may be without one or two for Saturday but with the squad we have, I believe we can deal with injuries and suspensions and still put a strong team out."

On Saturday's opponents, McInally continued: "You know when you go to Cliftonhill, it is a very tight pitch and it is not the type of surface for playing good football on but we are also mindful that Albion have a good home record and will be tough opposition."

"We need to go there and fight, and stand up and be counted. With that in mind, I will pick a team I feel is most suited to doing that and hopefully we can come away with a victory."