Match Previews

McInally spoiled for choice for Stranraer trip

Thu 14 Jan 2016

A near full strength Peterhead will look to pick up from where they left off when they resume their League 1 schedule at Stranraer.

Prior to their free Saturday last weekend, the Blue Toon had won three matches in a row, scoring 11 goals along the way.
 
In fact, the Petrofac Training Cup finalists have come out on top in four of their last five outings and are eight games without defeat.  
 
Speaking ahead of the long trip to Stair Park, where they triumphed 4-0 in August, McInally said: "It's been a good period for us."
 
"Since the Petrofac Training Cup semi final, we have had some really good victories and scored a lot of goals.  Some of our performances and the quality of our goals have been terrific."
 
"It's a period we have all enjoyed and hopefully the supporters have as well.  The players have given value for money so they should be feeling good about themselves."
 
After serving a one match suspension, Steven Noble returns to the squad to face his former club while Leighton McIntosh is back in the reckoning after overcoming an injury picked up in the Boxing Day win at Airdrie.
 
Saturday's opponents put up a spirited display against Celtic in the Scottish Cup fourth round last weekend, eventually going down 3-0 in a tie which was televised.
 
McInally saw enough from Brian Reid's team to know the Blue Toon will need to replicate recent performances if they are to leave the south west with maximum points.
 
The Balmoor boss added; "I have always thought a lot of Stranraer. "
 
"Last year, we struggled to get a goal off them, let alone a point, but this season we have changed that a bit by winning well in the first game."
 
"I felt we were really poor in the home match against them in November but we could have still edged it."
 
"Stranraer have gone back to what worked for them last season to a certain extent, after their manager came in over the summer and changed things a bit to begin with."
 
"They have even brought Willie Gibson back from Dumbarton so we will have to be wary of him but it's a game I am looking forward to."
 
McInally continued: "We should only have Nathan Blockley missing.  He got injured in training prior to the Stenhousemuir match and is still struggling."
 
"Everybody else is fit so we are in a good place squad-wise and certainly I am spoiled for choice this weekend."