Jim McInally’s Blue Toon took back the reins of their promotion charge at the weekend when they thumped fellow play-off hopefuls Montrose 6-0 at Links Park - Peterhead’s first win in five attempts.
McInally had been disappointed the fortnight earlier when his side were beaten by the chasing Elgin at Balmoor, the play-off pack shuffling as a result with Montrose extending their gap on the North-east side in the last play-off spot.
Speaking after the Elgin defeat, McInally had looked for his team to continue battling through their rough patch, saying: “It’s just the way things are going at the moment. I said to the lads at half time they just needed to keep giving the effort they were giving and things would break for them at some time.
“It’s a strange, strange league and we just need to keep playing.
“Yes we seem to have lost our way a bit at this crucial stage of the season, but what can you do but battle on?
“We haven’t been losing a barrow-load of goals every week and it’s not as though we’re going through games and not making chances.
“We have two massive games coming up now and we need to keep up the effort and see what comes of them,” he added.
With the clash on Saturday to Montrose potentially proving pivotal in the play-off race, the ‘six-pointer’ was sealed with a sterling display from the Blue Toon who seemed to be firing on all cylinders, Blue Toon talisman Rory McAllister bagging himself a hat-trick for his efforts.
McInally will now be looking for his team to continue on with their push up the Third Division table, a Blue Toon team that know all about cutting gaps having made a monumental rise up the table last season following a nightmare first-half of a season, agonisingly just missing out on a play-off place.
Fans and players alike, then, will be keen to not repeat past mistakes when they travel to Berwick this weekend, another six-pointer in the offing as third meets fifth at Shielfield Park.
Peterhead will be without players Bryan Deasley, Stephen Maguire and Shaun Robertson for the remainder of the season, however, as all three players have left the club.
Deasley and Robertson have been transferred to Lochee and Maud, respectively, while right-winger Maguire has moved on loan to Shotts Bon Accord, having been at the Blue Toon for eight months since moving from Thorniewood United.