Football: Return of the Dynamic Duo!
Peterhead’s two first-choice forwards shared the spoils as the Blue Toon crushed Elgin City 4-2 in the Highland Derby.
Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister, on the pitch together for the first time since Rodgers served a two-match suspension, linked up for Toon’s first and third goals and gave their team an attacking impetus missing for much of the season.
The duo fired their team to the playoff places last year with 16 goals in Peterhead’s final 10 games.
Always brighter together than apart, Rodgers’ presence in the team allows McAllister more freedom around the box
On Saturday former Stenhousemuir and Montrose forward Rodgers swept in his first league goal in the 21st minute when McAllister uncharacteristically squared the ball selflessly to his sidekick rather than shooting across Jellema.
After the break the 27-year-old was rather less generous, confidently blasting the ball into the net from a Graeme Smith pass to record his fifth goal of the campaign.
The Toon twosome combined again immediately from the restart - Rodgers pinched the ball and played McAllister through for his second to put the result beyond doubt and move McAllister up to second in the League Two scoring chart.
After the match Rodgers said: “I love playing up front with Rory. He’s one of the best players I’ve played with in my career and I think you can see that he likes having someone up beside him.
“We clicked the first time we played together. We seem to understand each other.
“Sometimes I think it’s because we’re similar kinds of players - we do things that other players wouldn’t.
“He knows what I’m thinking and I know what he’s thinking.
“Saturday was the perfect example - if it works like that we’re not going to be far away at the end of the season.”
Neither striker has been far from controversy this year - between the pair they’ve spent six matches out of the squad, either through suspension or club-imposed ban.
But should they keep their discipline, and should Rodger’s shake off a nagging osteitis pubis pelvic pain, they could propel Peterhead to the top of the table.
Manager Jim McInally was full of praise for his two first-choice strikers.
He said: “What Andy brings to Rory and what Rory brings to Andy is just something that you can’t put your finger on. They’re two good players who’ve got a good relationship with each other.
“Andy and Rory have a wee bit of telepathy - they know where each other is.
“They respect each other’s play and they’re high quality players for this level. That’s why we could score goals so quickly - when they link up and click the way they did, that’s the difference”