Evening Express

Stevenson tells Blue Toon to kick on at the top of League Two

Peterhead celebrate Rory McAllister's goal

Jamie Stevenson insists the hard work starts now for Peterhead after they moved to the top of League Two.

The Blue Toon beat title rivals Clyde 1-0 thanks to a Rory McAllister goal at Balmoor to make it seven points from three games and they sit top on goal difference.

Peterhead midfielder Stevenson is pleased to be top but says the work starts now to ensure they stay there. He said: “We had plenty of the ball, were good in the first half and comfortable in the second half.

“I don’t think they created much. David Goodwillie had a half-chance and I got a nick on it.

“But other than that they didn’t create much. We’ve still got boys to come back to fitness with Mick Dunlop and Paddy Boyle.

“We’re top and it’s a better start than last year and we just need to keep working hard and take each game as it comes.

“There’s 33 games to go so it’s a long season, we’ve given ourselves a good start.

“Hopefully, we can just keep putting points on the board and try to stay at the top as opposed to last year when we were chasing and chasing and I think that took its toll on the team.

“It’s a good start with seven points from nine. It is nice to lay down the marker, we know with the players we’ve got, if we play like we can, we’ll be there or thereabouts.”

The home team edged the first half but few chances were created by either side.

On 16 minutes, Derek Lyle controlled McAllister’s cross from the left but keeper Blair Currie saved the shot.

Soon after, the Clyde goalie was in action again. Simon Ferry’s 50-yard pass sent Russell McLean away, he ran at Martin McNiff, but was forced to the right side of the area and Currie saved.

The second period was a livelier affair. Scott Brown fired just over before Peterhead took the lead on 53 minutes.

Lyle controlled on his chest and lobbed the ball through for McALLISTER, who was clear of the defence, and the Peterhead talisman coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner from 10 yards.

On the hour, former Don Goodwillie threatened, with Stevenson deflecting his 16-yard shot just wide.

Midway through the half, Greg Fleming made a fine save to parry Raymond Grant’s powerful left-foot shot from 14 yards and Chris McStay sent the rebound wide.

Peterhead had other chances to add to their lead but saw the game out comfortably.

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said: “I think we deserved it over the course of the game.

“We got on to them at half-time, we conceded too many free-kicks near our box and out wide.

“The young boys were crucified at half-time, not even by me, I let it go. It was the senior pros and it’s a good learning curve for them. I asked how many free-kicks we’d had round their box and it was zero.

“If we can cut that out it lessens the chance of losing goals from set-pieces. Then without hitting the heights I thought we played well enough to win.

“I was delighted with us as a defensive unit all over the park.

“We’d a lot of good performances and I thought Simon Ferry was outstanding. He was fantastic and a great example to everybody.”