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Peterhead preparing for well-organised Queen’s Park

Fri 03 Aug 2018

Jack Leitch will miss Saturday’s match through sispension Jack Leitch will miss Saturday’s match through sispension

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is expecting his team to face a well-organised Queen’s Park on Saturday.

The sides square up in the League 2 curtain-raiser at Balmoor, with both eager to shake off the disappointment of last season.

The Blue Toon narrowly missed out on the title to Montrose and then suffered play-off final agony against Stenhousemuir, who beat Gus MacPherson’s Spiders in the semi-final.

McInally will have his players prepped on their opening day opponents as they bid to get off to a winning start.

McInally said:  “I had someone watching Queen’s Park in the Betfred Cup because they have made quite a few changes.”

“They played games against St Mirren and Kilmarnock and were really dogged and defended well, similar to how we battled against Dundee.”

“When they faced Spartans, they struggled to beat them but as far as organisation goes, they will be a typical Gus MacPherson team - very well organised and I am pretty sure they will try and counter-attack us and catch us out.”

After David McCracken and Jack Leitch picked up red cards in the play-off final second leg, both players will sit out the start of the new campaign.

However, Paddy Boyle is close to featuring and another newcomer, Mick Dunlop, is also on the road to recovery.

McInally continued: “The squad is in place now and it is just a case of getting the injured players fit.” 

“We have had good news on that front because Mick has been for a scan and we know what his problem is and how we can deal with that.”

“Paddy Boyle is back doing a bit of training and Derek Lyle has had a couple of 30 and 40 minute appearances from the bench so we are looking forward to getting started.”