Memorable win

ELGIN CITY V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S JAMIE REDMAN IS CONGRATULATED BY RUSSELL DUNCAN
ELGIN CITY V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S JAMIE REDMAN IS CONGRATULATED BY RUSSELL DUNCAN

Paul Jarvie’s return marked a memorable victory for the Blue Toon on Saturday, with Jim McInally’s men now occupying sixth place in Third Division, a not wholly unrealistic 11 points from the Second Division play-offs.

Returning to last week’s action, Martin Bavidge, who was in Australia mid-week and could have been excused first team duty for the game, was again providing Blue Toon heroics against Elgin City.

The striker levelled the score just before half-time, Elgin having gone in front barely a minute into the first-half.

Jamie Redman also got himself onto the scoresheet shortly after the break, allowing Peterhead to see out the result.

Speaking on Bavidge’s service to the club, boss McInally said: “Obviously, since I’ve been here, he’s been terrific. When I was at Morton, he’s a player that I would have loved to have had, but he was happy at Peterhead.

“Since I’ve came in, his attitude and performances have been top drawer. He was just back from Australia and wanted to play. That just shows his commitment to the club.”

McInally, reflecting on the Elgin City result added: “If you look at our last 12 games, we’ve won eight. If someone had told you at the start of the season that you’ll win eight of your next 12, you would have snapped their hand off.

“Some of the results have clouded that achievement, though - big defeats like the 6-1 - but to come back from that speaks volumes for the players.

“We are unlucky that Elgin have been on a good run at the same time as us, because the 11-point gap would have been a lot shorter.

“It’s a terrific achievement to be here at this stage of the season,” said the manager.

With eight games remaining in the Third Division, Peterhead fans are keeping relatively quiet about their play-off chances as yet, but with the Toon hosting Division toppers Alloa on Saturday, a win will surely go a long way in raising hopes around Balmoor.

A win will also prevent Alloa’s early celebrations, who could win the title should results go against them elsewhere in the league, the lowlanders themselves being 11 points clear of nearest rivals Stranraer.

On the possibility of ending Alloa’s run of dominance at the top of the table, McInally was upbeat, saying that it adds an incentive for his players to perform, adding: “It would be nice if we could stop their momentum and don’t let them open that gap up any more.

“It’s also a chance to show our own form since Christmas, and how far the players have come on.”

Alloa will make the trip to Balmoor on Saturday, March 17. Kick-off is at 3pm.