Peterhead boss knows win would put pressure on to rivals Montrose

Peterhead's Willie Gibson.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is aiming to crank up the pressure on title rivals Montrose with victory over Stenhousemuir tonight.

The Warriors visit Balmoor to take on the Blue Toon, who are League Two leaders with eight games left.

McInally’s side have been locked in a title race with Montrose, but moved three points clear with a 1-0 win over Stirling Albion.

The Gable Endies saw their game at Cowdenbeath postponed, while Peterhead play the Angus side at Links Park on Saturday.

Tonight, Stewart Petrie’s men face Annan Athletic and McInally is desperate for his team to see off Stenny and put the pressure on to Montrose.

He said: “It would be great if we can win tonight.

“For us it’s just about taking it one game at a time and trying to eliminate our opponents.

“It would be massive if we can get a result and it would mean Montrose are under pressure going into the game on Saturday.

“You also have to bear in mind that Montrose still have to go to Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir.

“We have eight cup finals left between now and the end of the season.

“We had a good start to the final quarter of the season by winning at Stirling.

“We’ve won down there twice this season – it’s a hard place to go and win so we’re delighted about that and go into this game in a good frame of mind.”

Stenny are fourth in League Two, 17 points behind the Blue Toon with two games in hand.

They have already beaten the Buchan side twice this term and McInally is not taking them lightly.

He added: “We expect to face a wounded Stenny after their 3-2 defeat to Clyde on Saturday.

“Even for the play-off spots they have a battle because Elgin City are only a point behind so there won’t be any letting up.

“We’ll need to see how the teams come out after Saturday, but we know we can freshen it up a wee bit.

“I’m sure I’ll take the opportunity to do that.”

McInally has Jason Brown and Jack Leitch back from suspension, while talisman Rory McAllister is close to full fitness again.

The only doubt is Russell McLean who came off on Saturday after rolling his ankle.

In recent weeks, the Peterhead players have been standing up to be counted and have given themselves a chance at title glory.

McInally said: “They have shown they can handle it.

“It was a big game on Saturday and David McCracken, Simon Ferry, Willie Gibson, Jamie Stevenson and Scott Brown were all strong when we needed them to be.

“We stood up to things well and they were a big part of that.

“The midweek games have been ok for us this season and this is the final one, so we just hope we can come through it with a result.”