Toon move into fifth gear

Shane Sutherland netted twice as Peterhead romped to a 5-1 victory over Stranraer at the weekend.
Shane Sutherland netted twice as Peterhead romped to a 5-1 victory over Stranraer at the weekend.

Peterhead continued their winning form with a stunning 5-1 victory over Stranraer on Saturday.

Shane Sutherland scored twice along with Jamie Stevenson, Ally Gilchrist and Leighton McIntosh also getting in on the act.

The game was the only one in League One to survive with weather with the Airdrie v Forfar, Ayr v Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline v Albion all postponed.

This was Peterhead’s fourth consecutive win and they have scored an impressive 16 goals during that run, ahead of leaders Dunfermline visiting Balmoor this weekend.

In fact, the Petrofac Training Cup finalists have come out on top in four of their last five outings and are eight games without defeat.

Commenting on their impressive form Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said: “It’s been a good run for us.

“Since the Petrofac Training Cup semi-final we have had some really good victories and scored a lot of goals. Some of our performances and the quality of our goals have ben terrific.”

Turning to Saturday’s game, he said: “We were really good on a muddy surface.

“To be 3-0 ahead at half time was terrific and in the second half, we managed the game really well.

“Actually, had we taken a bit more care, we could have scored more than five but this was a great result.

“The work-rate of the players was good and they showed their quality on a boggy pitch.

“That was Shane’s best game for us.

“He’s been doing really well lately but today he was terrific and took his goals well.”

Peterhead now occupy third place in League One on 35 points, although Albion Rovers, who are in fourth, have three games in hand and are on 28 points.

They now have a tough couple of games ahead, both at Balmoor, as they host the league leaders on Saturday followed by Albion Rovers the following weekend.

It’s a double header that Blue Toon fans are sure to be savouring.