Solid start for Toon

PETERHEAD V RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ROBBIE WINTERS  GETS  TO THE BALL AHEAD OF  RANGERS LEWIS McLEOD .
PETERHEAD V RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ROBBIE WINTERS GETS TO THE BALL AHEAD OF RANGERS LEWIS McLEOD .

Two games, two first-half goals and four points sees Peterhead sitting in second place and the play-off positions in the opening stages of Division Three, behind new outfit Rangers on goal difference.

After holding Rangers to a 2-2 draw in the first home game of the new season, the Blue Toon would have been in good spirits going into the game against Clyde, knowing that they were more than capable of holding their own with the best in the league. It could have been a much worse outcome, however.

Stuart McColm, winning a penalty for Clyde, could have sent the home side into the ascendency had he been able to get the resultant spot kick on target.

Robbie Winters, former young player of the year and Aberdeen striker, was on hand to make things worse for Clyde when he showed his pre-season form and volleyed a strike into the back of the net from 30-yards out.

Rory McAllister went on to show Clyde how penalties are taken when, after Jamie Redman was bundled over in the box, he was on hand to convert.

For Jim McInally, the win brings the Blue Toon to the top half of the table, a position they will look to consolidate when they play fellow play-off candidates Queen’s Park, providing sharp contrast to last season’s early league form.

Since going on trial with Peterhead in the summer, Winters has been in prolific form, scoring the only goal in the Blue Toon’s Buchan Cup victory over rivals Fraserburgh Football Club, before scoring a brace in Peterhead’s pre-season friendly against Huntly.

The 37-year-old, who started his career with Dundee United before winning a single cap for Scotland is tied down with the North-east club on a short-term deal, but his continued good form will have Blue Tooners hoping that the goalscoring veteran can be part of the club’s long-term plans.

Speaking of Winters, McInally had said: “You can see what he brings to us. His link-up play is excellent, his knowledge of the game.

“He’s here until the end of August and hopefully it works out for both of us that we can make it longer term.

“We’re quite happy and Robbie’s quite happy, but the problem is that if he does that well, somebody else might make him an offer.

“It’s a chance worth taking for us, and I’m glad he’s here.”

With this weekend’s game being the last in August for Peterhead, it could either be the perfect send off for Winters as he looks to continue his career in football, or the best way for Winters to extend his Blue Toon stay.

Either way, with the Peterhead striking partnership of McAllister, Martin Bavidge and Winters all available to McInally, goals are to be expected as the Blue Toon look to end August on top.