Football: Peterhead face Annan and Elgin this week

PETERHEAD V QUEEN'S PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER (9)  CELEBRATES HIS EQUALISER
PETERHEAD V QUEEN'S PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER (9) CELEBRATES HIS EQUALISER

Peterhead face a crucial week in their League Two campaign as they travel to both Annan and Elgin for tough away ties.

At Balmoor the Blue Toon drew with both their rivals and players and manager alike are itching to set the record straight.

McInally said: “I’m looking forward to this week. It was frustrating again not to be playing on Saturday. I went to watch Annan to make sure we’re up to date with them.

“We’ll need to defend well from set pieces and make sure we don’t get caught out like we did the first time we played them. Then we’ve got the derby on Saturday at Elgin and it’s always a joy going up there. They’re like us a wee bit - they’ve got injuries and they’ve had a couple of setbacks in the week.”

In both matches the impetus will be on the home sides to attack in front of their own fans and it could play into the hands of Peterhead.

Captain Steven Noble said: “Teams sit in against us and when you go away its on them really to do something.

“We’ve drawn a lot at home and you can say that’s because teams come and sit in against us. It tends to be easier to open teams up away from home and there tends not to be so many players around Rory (McAllister) when he gets the ball.”

McAllister could be key in both matches. The deep-lying forward, tipped as a certainty for the league’s top scorer accolade before a ball was even kicked, has yet to find the form which saw him net 22 times last year.

Even so, the 26-year-old former Inverness Caledonian Thistle man has scored four this term without showing any consistency.

Against Annan and Elgin he will meet two of the league’s in form forwards in David Hopkirk and Craig Gunn respectively. Should the Toon hitman - without partner Andy Rodgers due to suspension - outscore his rivals, he could catapult Peterhead to a comfortable second place by Sunday morning.