Crucial week ahead for Toon play-off chase

Peterhead's Jamie Redman holds off Peter McDonald
Peterhead's Jamie Redman holds off Peter McDonald

Following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to second placed Morton, a double header of away games this week will now be crucial if Peterhead want to stay in the hunt for a play-off spot.

Jim McInally’s men will face Ayr United at Somerset Park tonight (Tuesday) before going to Ochilview to play Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

The Blue Toon are nine points off both Forfar and Brechin in third and fourth spot with Dunfermline and Airdrieonians level above them on goal difference.

McInally says he felt hard done by on Saturday as he explained: “It was a tough one to take.

“The first half we dominated against a strong wind, and I was really pleased that we restricted Morton to a few long range shots and not much else.

McInally continued: “At half time we said let’s try and kick on, they were the favourites and we were the better side in the first half.

“Sadly, mistakes cost you games and that’s what happened.

“Scott Lawson had been magnificent up until his mistake and the same for Kevin.

McInally added: “I’m disappointed for our players because they played well and I’m sure the people that came to support us on Saturday could see that.”

This week many of the teams in the play off race will play each other and will have the chance to take points, and McInally believes his side are still in with a shout in a very competitive league.

He said: “The play-offs are still our target, there are a lot of points to play for and everybody will cut each other up in this league, it’s really competitive and tough.

“If we keep playing like that then we will win more games than we lose.”

Peterhead will go into the double header buoyed by the fact that neither Stenhousemuir or Ayr have managed to take points from them this season.

The Blue Toon hold 1-0, 2-1 and 2-0 wins over Stenny and two 2-0 wins against Ayr this season.

Meanwhile, the other teams in the play-off hunt will have to face each other as Brechin and Dunfermline face off tomorrow (Wednesday) at Glebe Park.

Then on Saturday, Brechin will host Airdrieonians while Forfar will have a tough trip away to Morton.