Peterhead FC: Blue Toon close in on coronation

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S RYAN STRACHAN IS MOBBED BY HIS TEAMMATES AFTER HIS OPENER
SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S RYAN STRACHAN IS MOBBED BY HIS TEAMMATES AFTER HIS OPENER

Peterhead could be crowned League Two champions this week following their 4-0 demolition of Montrose, writes Joshua King.

The Blue Toon face a tough visit to Clyde on Saturday, but should they win and second-placed Annan fail to pick up all three points against East Stirlingshire, Peterhead will claim a historic title.

Boss Jim McInally said: “The Clyde game is huge now.

“We’ve just been taking it one game at a time and I actually didn’t realise that if things go right for us next week we can be champions.

“The mindset has changed for Annan.

“They’re in the play-offs so do they still try and chase us, or do they have players near suspension who need to watch out for the play offs?

“There’s just so much to take into consideration.”

Peterhead will be hoping to repeat the performance that saw them win 3-0 on their last trip to Broadwood

They kicked-off their Christmas celebrations in style that day with goals from Andy Rodgers and Reece Donaldson lifting them to the top of the League Two tree for the festive period.

The Bully Wee had been on an ten-game unbeaten run but McInally’s charges will be facing a different prospect this weekend.

Clyde have lost four of their last nine, including a 3-0 capitulation to Annan last weekend.

McInally continued: “We’ve just go to go to Clyde and play our football.

“If we play as well as we did last time, we’ll do well.

“The players deserve all the praise for what they’ve done.

“For them to have won as many as they have - 28 wins in 44 games in the last year - is incredible.”

McInally believes his squad will be at full strength for the trip to the central belt despite full back Graeme Sharp being forced off due to injury.

Crucially, first choice defender Ross Smith is available again after a two-game suspension and will free up Jamie Redman to move back to midfield.

Even if Annan do triumph against East Stirlingshire - the Galabankies have won four of the last five - a win next weekend at home to Albion rovers would guarantee Peterhead the League Two title regardless of other results.