Peterhead FC: Blue Toon leave rivals in their wake

ELGIN V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS FIRST GOAL WITH JORDON BROWN AND BRYAN GILFILLAN
ELGIN V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS FIRST GOAL WITH JORDON BROWN AND BRYAN GILFILLAN

Peterhead’s 2-1 win over one-time title contenders Stirling Albion has left them seven points clear at the top of the table with many asking, can anybody catch the leaders?

Despite missing a round of games last week following the controversial abandonment of the game against Annan, the Blue Toon have a healthy lead over their rivals.

The preseason title favourites have lost only once in the last 13 outings, a freak result against East Stirlingshire.

Saturday’s triumph at the Forthbank stadium effectively ended the Binos’ push for the title - Greig McDonald’s side are 12 points off the top.

Now Peterhead have the opportunity to inflict a similar blow to Clyde when they visit Balmoor this weekend.

After the Stirling game, goalscorer Fraser McLaren spoke to the Buchanie.

He said: “If we keep beating the teams that are challenging, we’re pushing them further back.

“Now we’ve beaten Stirling, they’re out of it and playing for the playoffs.

“If we can do that to Clyde on Saturday, that’s another team gone and we can keep going with our good form.”

But the visit of the Bully Wee is no small test.

Though the Blue Toon impressed when they visited Cumbernauld earlier in the season, Clyde put in a dogged performance at Balmoor in October to snatch a controversial point.

Jim McInally’s promotion push faced a small set back on Saturday with the suspension of his star man Rory McAllister.

The striker, who has already netted 17 times in this campaign, was yellow carded on Saturday to take him over the suspension threshold and he will now miss the visit to Albion Rovers next weekend.

McLaren, who came off the bench to score against the Binos, will likely partner Andy Rodgers in attack.

He continued: “It doesn’t matter if I start or Andy or Rory, we can always do something special.

“We’ve got a great squad and whoever comes off the bench can make a difference.”

A win over Clyde, who did not play on Saturday, would leave them 10 points adrift and Annan as Peterhead’s only realistic challengers.