Peterhead aim to beat high-flying Montrose despite missing key duo

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has challenged his team to prove their title credentials by beating rivals Montrose tomorrow.

The Blue Toon head to Links Park for a top-of-the-table clash with the Gable Endies.

Montrose are top of League Two with 37 points from 17 games with the Buchan outfit six points behind with two games in hand.

Boss McInally has challenged his side to land what could be a vital blow in the race for promotion by picking up three points in Angus.

But Peterhead may have to do it without key midfielders Willie Gibson and Simon Ferry – but McInally believes his team are still capable of winning.

He said: “The only downside for us coming into this game is that Willie Gibson has been ill and didn’t train on Wednesday and will probably miss out.

“Simon Ferry will probably miss out because of the artificial surface at Links Park and we have a game on Tuesday (against Elgin City at Balmoor).

“They are two key players for us, so the rest of them will just need to take their opportunity when it comes.

“I would rather go into these games with my strongest team.

“But you’ve got to bear in mind that we have another game on Tuesday.

“So I need to take all these things into consideration.

“Willie has been sick and it may be out of his system by Saturday, and we might get to use him at some stage during the game.

“But I wouldn’t think we will have him starting.

“Losing him and Simon is a big blow to us because they are integral parts of our midfield.

“They are two top-quality players.”

McInally also backed other members of his squad to step up to the plate.

He added: “For the likes of Jack Leitch, Jamie Stevenson and Jordon Brown it is a big day.

“Jordon deserves his chance because his goalscoring record is just phenomenal.

“We just get on with it because we’ve got a good enough squad.”

Montrose are unbeaten in 10 league games, while Peterhead have won eight of their last nine games in all competitions.