Club News

Key clashes ahead as Blue Toon bid to stay top

Thu 08 Mar 2018

McInally’s men will face the three teams directly below them in the table in quick succession McInally’s men will face the three teams directly below them in the table in quick succession

Dealing with one game at a time is Peterhead’s mindset going into a crucial week in League 2.

The Blue Toon, currently at the top of the table on goal difference, will face the three teams directly below them in an eight-day period.

First up, they visit third-placed Stirling, who have revived their title hopes after five straight wins.

The Aberdeenshire team will then welcome Stenhousemuir to Balmoor in a rearranged fixture before travelling to joint-leaders Montrose next weekend.

Boss Jim McInally said: “This is a big week, there is no getting away from that.”

“We are playing three teams vying for the title.”

“I would say Stenhousemuir only have an outside chance but they are still within striking distance so it is an important few days coming up.”

“But we are only thinking about the Stirling Albion match and they are definitely back in the race to win the league.”

“They have a couple of games in hand which, should they win both, would move them closer.”

“We have got to look at it as if they will do that so therefore on Saturday, if we can go there and win, it would make it a long way back for Stirling.”

“It is a good pitch to go and play on so we are looking forward to it.”

The last time Peterhead were in this position they seized the opportunity to land their first piece of silverware since joining the SPFL.

The Blue Toon ended up with an impressive 76 point haul in 2013/14 and getting up near that tally again would give them a huge chance.

McInally, however, is only concerned about the short-term and for his team to try and stay ahead of their title rivals.

The Balmoor manager said: “I would think we would be close if we could get up near our points tally of four years ago.”

“But at this stage, we are trying to eliminate our opponents rather than looking at a points total.”

“If we win our next three games, it would not make it impossible for teams but it would certainly give us a great chance of going on to win the title.”

“Adding nine points onto that total and we would not be far away from the 76 point mark but I think we just need to focus on the opponents and deal with them one by one.”

“With a quarter of the season still remaining, there is a long way to go and athough this is a big week, I think by the end of it, there could still be three teams in the hunt.”

 

By Glenn Moir