McInally delighted to keep McAllister

PETERHEAD V ANNAN ATHLETIC'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES  HIS SECOND GOAL WITH GRAEME SHARP AND MARTIN BAVIDGE
PETERHEAD V ANNAN ATHLETIC'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH GRAEME SHARP AND MARTIN BAVIDGE

In a weekend when Rangers clinched the Third Division title, attentions were focused on what has been the main event of season, the fight for play-off places.

Having come through a rough patch of games, where Peterhead had failed to find a win in three and, subsequently, dropped out of the play-off places, McInally’s side have since returned to form to take nine points from their last three fixtures, a late bloom which has seen the side propel back up the table to occupy fourth – the last play-off place.

Their win this weekend, a 2-0 victory of Annan Athletic, the latest in which leading man Rory McAllister has grabbed goals.

“That just shows you what he’s all about,” said McInally after the game, his striker scoring two goals in the second-half.

McInally added: “I’m just delighted that we’ve got him for another two years. I think that’s maybe helped him a wee bit, knowing that he doesn’t need to worry about what’s going to happen at the end of the season.”

Martin Bavidge, who was in the frame to start the game, but was brought on as a substitute ahead of McAllister’s opener, providing the leg work for his teammate to convert, was also praised by the boss.

“He’s a magnificent impact player and he showed that again today, because they couldn’t really cope with him when he came on,” the Peterhead manager said.

For McInally, who had last week said his side needed to win at least four of their next six games to be in with a chance at the end of the season, his team are moving ever closer to their play-off ambitions.

“For me, we’re halfway towards what I thought we needed to do,” explained McInally, adding: “I thought we needed to win six games and we’ve won three of them.”

Having secured their first home win of 2013, however, he is hopeful that the Blue Toon can now push on and make their play-off dream a reality.

“Hopefully, that’s us now. We’ve got our victory, we’ve put ourselves back in the play-off places, and we’ve given ourselves a wee chance,” the manager said.

Peterhead host bottom side East Stirling this Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm.