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Peterhead v Montrose: League 2 Preview

Fri 02 Feb 2018

Allan Smith could return after missing the last few weeks with an elbow injury Allan Smith could return after missing the last few weeks with an elbow injury

Peterhead and Montrose have managed to detach themselves from the rest of the teams in League 2 as the title rivals prepare to lock horns at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon have built up an 11 point gap on third-placed Stirling Albion and now they are targeting top spot with a victory over Stewart Petrie’s men, who have played two extra games.

The Buchan side moved one point behind Saturday’s opponents with a hard-fought win at Berwick on Tuesday to set them up for the crucial clash.

Home boss Jim McInally said: “With us winning the other night, it makes the game this weekend look better.”

“Had we failed to get a result at Berwick, we would not have been able to get ahead of Montrose until we had played more of our games in hand.”

“Now, we know if we can win the game then we can go top so it is a fantastic incentive.”

Peterhead have chalked up eight wins from their last nine league matches but despite their superb form, they have been unable to get ahead of Montrose.

McInally continued: “It has been a fantastic run and we want to keep it going.”

“But I also think Montrose deserve plenty of credit for staying up there because with us being on a great run and still not getting to top spot, it says a lot for them.”

The Blue Toon claimed a stunning 6-2 win when the teams met at Links Park in December but that will not, states McInally, have any bearing on their latest tussle.

The Peterhead manager said: “Montrose had a little blip recently but managed to bounce back and even last Saturday they scored two late goals to win a game that they thought they had lost.”

“This weekend, although we beat them well down there, we can expect Montrose to fight to retain their place at the top.”

 

Team news – Allan Smith is set to return to the squad after recovering from a fractured elbow but Nicky Riley has been ruled out for the season with a serious knee injury.

Jamie Stevenson and Mason Robertson will also miss out but could return for next week’s trip to Edinburgh.

 

 

By Glenn Moir