Thankful for win


Having returned to winning ways last fortnight, a visit from strugglers Montrose should have proven easy pickings for the Blue Toon, who can, still, mathematically reach the play-off places.

Blue faces were spared blushes, however, when in-form striker Rory McAllister scored both goals to see off a spirited Montrose.

McAllister, who now has 18 goals to his name this season, and leads both the club’s and Scottish Third Division scoring charts.

Good news, then, that manager Jim McInally has said that McAllister is enjoying life in Peterhead, a player who yet may prove the key to lifting the Blue Toon out of the Third Division.

“He knows my plans and he’s happy here – he’s fully committed, and he wants to stay,” McInally said several weeks ago.

Following the game, McInally spoke to about his side’s performance, praising the manner in which Montrose played, and how his team defended.

“I said to them at half-time to see the game out,” McInally said.

“Credit to Montrose, they have got to front players that are live-wires.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose, but I thought it was a bit harsh on Montrose with us winning, but that’s happened to us many a time this season, so you just take it and get on with it.”

McInally, who had taken over the Blue Toon’s reigns at the start of the season, was questioned on his side’s overall performance, commented: “We just struggled a wee bit, and I’m just thankful that we’ve got the win.

“It’s easy to criticize . . . but it’s some turnaround,” the manager added, responding to his side’s late-season form which has seen them challenge for a play-off place after spending much of the season languishing near the bottom of the Third Division table.

With Peterhead now seventh in the table, and just nine points off of a play-off place, fans will be hoping that McInally’s turnaround will continue to build momentum into the final games of the season.

A win against second-placed Stranraer on Saturday, April 14, will send out a message to rivals that the season may not yet be over for the Blue Toon, a side that many had written off too soon.

Of course, for Peterhead to make the play-off places, it will rely on results going their way in other games, but there is a feeling around the Balmoor that, even if they do have to spend another season in the Third Division, McInally’s team will turn good with his promotion plans.

Their 10th win of 2012 under their belts, the Blue Toon will travel to Stranraer brimming with confidence, something that was sorely missing in the Peterhead of 2011.

A win may bring them within six points of breaking out of the Third Division, with the game itself, based on the run of form the Blue Toon’s strikers are enjoying, offering plenty of goalmouth action.

Kick-off for the Stranraer v Peterhead game is at 3pm.