Club News

Feel-good factor back, claims Balmoor gaffer

Thu 20 Apr 2017

Ahead of Saturday's crunch match against Stenhousemuir, Peterhead boss Jim McInally senses renewed confidence in his team after last week's crucial victory over East Fife.

Goals from Jamie Redman and Craig Reid saw the ninth-placed Blue Toon end a morale-sapping 10 match winless run in League 1.

The win in Methil opened up a five point gap on Stenny and breathed new life into their hopes of clambering out of the relegation play-off zone.

Peterhead know if they can add another three points to their tally at the weekend, they would relegate their opponents and improve their chances of catching Stranraer.

McInally said: "It was really good to see everybody in such good spirits after the East Fife game."

"It was a good result and a decent performance on a difficult pitch and you could sense a feel-good factor in the dressing room."

"It would be nice if we could carry that into Saturday's game, particularly given the importance of it."

"It's probably paramount for Stenhousemuir to beat us for them to avoid automatic relegation so I am sure that there will be quite a lot of excitement this week."

The Balmoor boss continued: "Of course, we also know if we can beat them then that is half the job done, knowing that we cannot be automatically relegated and it would give us a chance to maybe get out of the relegation play-off spot."

"It will be an interesting day and we are looking forward to it."

It's Peterhead's penultimate home fixture of the season but arguably their most significant and they aim to attract a larger than normal crowd by reducing ticket prices for the game.

Adult entry has been cut to £5 while children under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge.

Furthermore, season ticket holders will receive one additional complimentary ticket.

McInally, whose team famously defeated Rangers at Ibrox on this day, 20th April, four years ago, said: "You would hope we could get a few extra people through the gate."

"But it's also a way of saying thank you to the 500 or so diehard supporters that are there week in, week out."

"It's giving them something back so it would be nice if we could get another couple of hundred people on to the attendance."

"There is always this debate in Scottish football about whether or not our game is too expensive and there is a train of thought that people, who do go just pay the going rate anyway, so it will be interesting to see if the reduced price has any impact on our crowd numbers."

By Glenn Moir