Peterhead FC: McInally delighted with striker choice

DIV 2 PETERHEAD  V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S FRASER MCLAREN (L) CELEBRATES HIS GOAL
DIV 2 PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S FRASER MCLAREN (L) CELEBRATES HIS GOAL

As his squad returns to full strength, Jim McInally is pleased to have three in-form forwards.

Rory McAllister and Andy Rodgers have formed a formidable partnership since Rodgers returned from suspension, scoring nine goals between them in the past four matches.

In Saturday’s victory over Montrose, summer signing Fraser McLaren gave the Toon boss something to think about, coming off the bench to score one and assist another.

Although Rodgers and McAllister remain his first choice pairing, he could not hide his frustration at some of their antics.

He said: “Those two drive you potty because between Rory and Andy, they were just having one of those days.

“You stand there and know that one of them is likely to do something.

“The really good thing for me is that you can throw Fraser into the equation, and he went on and obviously had a big impact.

“Fraser went on and used his pace and caused them a lot of problems.

“Rory and Andy have worked really hard and the defence would be tired with playing against them.

“It’s good for me that I’ve got those three at the moment.

“If anything, it’s a wee bit harsh on Fraser that he’s not starting.”

Harsh it may be, but few teams in the league boast such a depth of firepower.

After the match McLaren, sent off against former club Berwick Rangers earlier this season, remained philosophical.

He said: “It was sort of my own fault that I got dropped.

“I was suspended, then we went up to elgin and won 4-2.

“Andy and Rory have been playing well together and scoring goals so I haven’t got much to moan about but as long as I’m working hard in training and working hard when I get the chance I’m sure my chance will come.”

The 25-year-old has netted three times in 12 appearances this season and has linked up well with the prolific McAllister to assist several of his eight strikes.