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Blue Toon's Blockley bidding to keep up form at Brechin

Fri 11 Dec 2015

Ahead of Saturday's League 1 trip to Brechin, Peterhead's Nathan Blockley knows he must keep his standards up to stay in the team after his recent stint at full-back.

The former Airdrie man has played his part in the Blue Toon's resurgence in form and made a telling contribution in the win at Forfar on Tuesday night.

The 24 year old cleared the ball off the goal-line in the closing stages, moments before Jamie Stevenson scored to seal the victory after Jordon Brown's first half opener.

Blockley, a recognised midfield player, has had to be patient to get a run in the side but he's determined to keep his place.

Blockley said:  "I am enjoying my football right now.  It's nice to be in the team and getting a game at right back.  Anywhere the gaffer picks me to play, I will give it my best shot." 

"I am getting a decent run but it is up to me to keep my place by performing.  It's only me that can throw it away so hopefully the gaffer will stick with me again on Saturday and I can put in another shift."

"We do have a strong squad at Peterhead.  You can see that with the likes of Stevenson coming off the bench, and others who can come on and change games."

"Everybody in the starting 11 has to keep performing because you know if you have one bad game, you could be out the team." 

The Blue Toon have picked up eight points from their last four league matches, conceding just once along the way.  Their recent results have elevated them to fourth in the table but Blockley believes there is more to come from the team.

Blockley continued: "We were looking at a top four finish from the start."

"We should be where we are just now, but it has taken time to get there, with results going wrong for us earlier in the season.  We were being held back by too many draws and the odd defeat."

"Now we must try and kick on because I think we are better than how we have been doing in the first few months of the season."

"Another three points on Saturday will keep us in that top four so that is our aim."

Following a minor back procedure, Nicky Riley could be back in the squad while Scott Ross is also pushing for a return after an ankle problem.