Blue Toon go second with 1-0 victory

PETERHEAD V RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)''RANGERS DORIN GOIAN CLEARS FROM PETERHEAD'S MARTIN BAVIDGE.
PETERHEAD V RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)''RANGERS DORIN GOIAN CLEARS FROM PETERHEAD'S MARTIN BAVIDGE.

Jim McInally has guided his side to second place in Division Three, Rory McAllister putting the Blue Toon ahead with a penalty late in the second-half. The result means that Peterhead overtake the likes of Rangers with a superior points tally.

It has been an ongoing project for McInally, since arriving late last year, to get the Blue Toon playing football that not only gets results, but is enjoyable to watch. There have been stumbling blocks, of course, with promotion cruelly slipping past the side last season, but, seemingly boosted by their strong showing in the first game of the season against Rangers, the Blue Toon have been on an early season run that sees them as early contenders for promotion.

Martin Bavidge, who has been utilised as an impact sub’ of late, came on half-way through the second-half against Queens Park. Having a fantastic showing, himself, against Rangers in the opening day of the season, the veteran forward has shown no signs of slowing down as he reaches the 300 mark for the Blue Toon.

The club, celebrating their record signing, have organised a testimonial game for Bavidge at home to Premier League side Aberdeen.

The Martin Bavidge Testimonial is due to take place on Tuesday, September 18, at the Balmoor with a 7:45pm kick-off.

Speaking on his time with Peterhead, Bavidge, who has scored over 100 goals throughout his playing career, said, after ten years at the club, he was still enjoying his time in the Blue Toon.

“I’ve had a great time,” Bavidge said, commenting that the he was at a “good club with good people.”

As for highlights, he’s had a few. Speaking to the Buchan Observer, Bavidge said: “We’ve played in some big games, Rangers and Celtic, obviously. It’s hard to pick just one.”

A bitter-sweet moment for Bavidge came when the club just missed out on back-to-back promotions, he told us, but the Blue Toon legend has no plans to give up the fight just yet.

Speaking on his season so far, Bavidge said: “It’s nice to challenge Rangers as much as we can, but you can’t forget about the the other teams.

“We just need to get as much points on the board as we can and keep up.”

Asked if he could picture himself going into coaching when his career is over, Bavidge added: “I don’t really know yet, to be honest,” commenting that it would depend on how he felt when he finally hangs up his boots.

Peterhead FC have also announced a festive lunch, to be held at the Balmoor Lounge on December 21.

The three-course lunch will be followed by a festive disco. For more information, visit www.peterheadfc.com.