Peterhead’s Paddy Boyle says tomorrow’s clash with Berwick Rangers is crucial as they look to crank up the pressure on Edinburgh City ahead of next week’s title showdown.
The Blue Toon travel to Shielfield Park tomorrow with a five-point lead on Edinburgh at the League Two summit with eight games left.
Victory for the Buchan outfit would mean they carry at least that points advantage into next Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash.
Boyle and his Balmoor team-mates are keen to keep themselves in a commanding position as they chase promotion.
The defender added: “Saturday is a massive game for us because if we win we go into the Edinburgh game five points clear.
“It means we can go there full of confidence, knowing with seven games to go we are in a commanding position.
“That’s the way we are looking at it and that’s why the Berwick game is so important.
“Hopefully we can play well at Shielfield Park and be in a strong position to face Edinburgh.
“If we win this game we know it puts pressure on Edinburgh because if we beat them we have a good gap and if we don’t win then we’re still top.
“So Berwick is important for us, to try to be in a good position.”
Peterhead have won their last six games to go from trailing Edinburgh to topping the table.
They have accumulated 66 points from 28 matches and in previous seasons that may have seen them streak clear at the top.
However, that isn’t the case this term and Boyle insists they need to keep up their good run if they are to achieve their title dream.
The 31-year-old added: “The last game we lost, at the end of January, down at Annan, we were well and truly beaten down (3-0 at Galabank).
“We had a few frank discussions after that game and since then we’ve drawn and won six in a row.
“We haven’t been at our best in all of those games but we’ve been winning and that’s important.
“At this stage of the season it’s about winning, you’re not going to play well all the time.
“So to pick up 18 points in the last six games has put us in a strong position and it’s where you want to be because we’ve gone from a few points behind to five points clear.
“It’s been a good turnaround from us and we want to keep going.
“in League One, Two and the Championship, a lot of the time the title is won with a points total in the low 70s.
“We’re not far off that but we are going to need more points than that because Edinburgh and Clyde have done very well. Low 70s won’t be enough so with eight games to go we’ll need to win a lot of games of football.
“If we do that then we’ll have a high points total and deserve to be up at the top of the league.”
Berwick are ninth in League Two, only two points above bottom club Albion Rovers.
The Wee Gers had been comfortably ahead of Rovers but the Cliftonhill men were awarded three points after Clyde fielded an ineligible player against them, and also beat Stirling Albion 1-0 last weekend. There is now pressure on Berwick and Boyle said: “A week or so ago it might have been a slightly easier game.
“Now there is a bit of pressure on them because they are fighting for their lives.
“That adds more to the game and means they will be desperate for the points, like us.
“It’s all about our attitude and if we have the right attitude then hopefully our quality will shine through.”