Peterhead FC: McInally rather be on top than chase

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally is delighted to have reclaimed top spot in League 2 and has no plans to relinquish their position.

The 3-1 victory over Stirling Albion, coupled with Clyde’s failure to overcome Albion Rovers at Broadwood, sees Peterhead replace their rivals at the head of the pack.

SCOT LG 2'PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)'' PETERHEAD'S JAMIE REDMAN AND STIKRLING'S ROSS FORSYTH GO HEAD TO HEAD

SCOT LG 2'PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)'' PETERHEAD'S JAMIE REDMAN AND STIKRLING'S ROSS FORSYTH GO HEAD TO HEAD

Although only seperated by goal difference, Peterhead’s 12 goal difference advantage could be worth a point come the end of the season.

McInally said: “I firmly believe you’re better being on top than chasing.

“If you’re on top you can aford to make mistakes.

“Last week for instance we dropped two points against Albion Rovers but by being up there we’ve gone top again.

“If you’re sitting down where Elgin are, and they’re visiting us next week, ten points behind, a couple of defeats can be costly and it takes a monumental run to get back.”

Although in the past McInally has said Stirling pose a title threat to his Balmoor side, this week’s opponents Berwick Rangers are more of a concern.

Peterhead have already met the Sheilfield side twice this season, losing 2-1 south of the border in the Scottish Cup and drawing 1-1 at home in League 2.

McInally said: “Some of my mates think I’m bonkers because I’ve said from the start that Berwick are the best team we’ve played.

“Next week is a free admission game and it should be a great atmosphere.

“When club’s do stuff like that they deserve it.

“It’s a tight pitch, it’s got a slope and it can be windy so you have to win your battles.

McInally should be in a position to field a first choice eleven with Rory McAllister, Fraser McLaren and Bryan Gilfillan all returning from injury against Stirling.

The only concern is Graeme Sharp who was forced off with an injury early in the second period.

Ryan McCann deputised successfully and a late call will be made on Saturday about who will start.