Peterhead hoping to stun Stenny and put themselves in right position for title bid

Peterhead's Rory McAllister.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally wants to end their barren run against Stenhousemuir to put themselves in a great position at the top end of League Two.

The Blue Toon welcome Stenny to Balmoor tomorrow having taken only one point from their last five games against them.

Brown Ferguson’s team won three of the four meetings in League One last term and his side also triumphed in the first match-up in League Two this term at Ochilview.

Boss McInally wants the Buchan outfit to beat their bogy team.

A win for third-placed Peterhead would move them six points clear of Stenny in fourth while also keeping the pressure on Stirling Albion and Montrose in first and second. McInally said: “I couldn’t ever accuse our boys of being complacent but they certainly can’t be this week because our record against them is horrific.

“We didn’t beat Stenny last year and only got one draw.

“We’re on a bad run against them and we need to change that on Saturday.

“For me they are the team that we need to finish above. They’ve got good experience in their team.

“Like me, Brown Ferguson changed his team massively in the summer, and they beat us down there earlier in the season.

“We really need to play well and if we could beat them it would be a massive dent in their hopes because it would put us six points ahead of them.

“It’s a big game for us to win. I just feel that if you finish above Stenny, then you win the league.

“We’ve got a new team and the bad run we have been on against them isn’t down to a lot of these guys.

“It’s just something that has happened in the last season and a half that they have been a bogy team – and we’ve got a great chance to put it right.

“I think we could put the pressure on them if we beat them – even though it’s early in the season.

“It would be good to put them under that pressure.”

Marc Lawrence and Paul Cairney are the Blue Toon’s only absentees and having taken 15 points out of 18 in the league and won their last four games in all competitions, McInally says that confidence in the camp is high.

And nobody will be more confident than star striker Rory McAllister who has nine goals in four games.

McInally added: “We’ve had 15 out of 18 points which is good going.

“There is a confidence there and with everyone nearly being fit it gives us lots of options.

“Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be making many changes, but it’s good to have everyone available and have a really strong bench, which augurs well for the future.

“Rory’s been different class and he’s a big, big player for us.”