Target within reach for the Blue Toon

PETERHEAD V ELGIN CITY'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S DAVID COX CELEBRATES HIS FIRST GOAL FOR THE CLUB.
PETERHEAD V ELGIN CITY'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S DAVID COX CELEBRATES HIS FIRST GOAL FOR THE CLUB.

Two games in seven days has seen Jim McInally’s Peterhead drop late points both home and away, the Blue Toon missing chances to break back into the play-off places following draws to Elgin City and Berwick Rangers respectively.

As a result, McInally’s men occupy sixth position, behind Berwick by virtue of a poorer goal difference, just three points adrift of a play-off place.

Perhaps knowing how important three points from Elgin might be come the end of the season, fans were asked to turn out ahead of kick-off to help the club prepare for last Wednesday’s game, clearing snow from the Balmoor to ensure that the game went ahead.

Peterhead’s first game in 10 days, and not having trained since the last Thursday, McInally was, however, forced to take the positives from a score draw, Peterhead going in front before allowing Elgin in for a second-half equaliser.

Speaking after the game to Elgin, the manager said that, against the second-placed team in the division, he saw his side play “as well as we’ve done in a long time.”

He added that, defensively, the team had played better than in previous performances.

“On the whole, I thought it was a good game.

“Harsh to draw with the goal we conceded, but, overall, a draw was maybe fair,” the manager said.

A trip to Berwick was then on the cards for the Blue Toon, the mid-table clash offering all the promise of a similarly enjoyable fixture to the Elgin game just days prior.

But another second-half equaliser for their opposition meant that the Blue Toon had to settle for a point.

A shining positive for the travelling support, however, was that Rory McAllister climbed further up the scoring charts, bringing his season tally to seven.

Another point on the board as the New Year approaches will not go amiss, neither, of course.

With as many points as a games played in December so far, McInally will be hoping that his Blue Toon side can continue to build upon these performances and secure three points at the third attempt when they play host to Annan Athletic this weekend, the visitors themselves just three points and a handful of goals away from overtaking Peterhead.

Speaking to the Buchan Observer, senior squad member Martin Bavidge told us that he believes Peterhead are still on track to finish in the play-off places come the end of the season.

“I think we’re on track for a decent season. Rangers obviously coming into the division changed expectations, but the play-offs being the target, I think we’re on track for that,” the striker said.

Peterhead host Annan Athletic on Saturday, December 15, in a fixture which could yet decide whether or not the Blue Toon will fulfil early season expectations.