Club News

Gibson urges focus ahead of Broadwood battle

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Ahead of Peterhead’s League 2 clash against Clyde, Willie Gibson has insisted the Blue Toon’s games in hand on League 2 leaders Montrose count for nothing until they put the points on the board.

It is tight at the top, with the Balmoor club just a point adrift of their title rivals, who have played three extra matches.

Jim McInally’s men, who travel to Berwick on Tuesday in one of their rearranged fixtures, have cranked up the pressure after reeling off seven straight wins in the league and Gibson has stressed the need to remain focused.

Gibson said: “Lots of people keep saying to me that we are in a good position and if we win those games in hand we will create a big gap.”

“While it is nice to have those games in hand, we have still got to go and win them and all we can do is take one game at a time.”

“We will look to win against Clyde on Saturday and even if Montrose manage to beat Stirling in their match, we know we will have the chance to go top on Tuesday when we go to Berwick."

“But there is no doubt, those two games will be difficult because Berwick have already turned us over and we know what Clyde are all about.”

Peterhead ran out 4-1 winners on their last visit to Broadwood in October, despite falling behind early on.

Darren Ramsay fired the Bully Wee ahead but Allan Smith levelled before half time and three goals in nine second half minutes, from Jack Leitch, Russell McLean and Rory McAllister, swung the contest in the Blue Toon’s favour.

Gibson added: “We did have a good win down there the last time but it was a battle, certainly for the first half an hour, until we got in front.”

“We will go to Broadwood with confidence, even though Dumbarton knocked us out of the Scottish Cup on Tuesday, because we are on a great run in the league and we will look to continue that.”

Boss Jim McInally will make changes from the side, which lost narrowly to the Sons in the fourth round.

McInally said: “We have not got a big group of players and we are going to need them all.”

“Simon Ferry won’t play on Saturday because it is Astroturf but we are at Berwick on Tuesday on the grass so we just need to spin the squad around a bit.”


By Glenn Moir