Jack Leitch has called on Peterhead to hit top form again tomorrow to seal their place in the League One play-off final.
The Blue Toon face Stirling Albion at Balmoor tomorrow in the second leg of the play-off semi-final.
The Buchan outfit take a 1-0 lead into tomorrow’s clash after their victory at Forthbank on Wednesday night.
In the first half of the first leg Peterhead played some great football, but the second period was more even with the Binos offering more in attack.
Leitch wants to see the Blue Toon hit similar heights to their first-half display as they look to reach the final and set up a clash with Queen’s Park or Stenhousemuir.
The 22-year-old said: “There’s a lot of confidence in the group because we’ve won seven games in a row.
“It’s hard to win seven games in any league and we take more confidence from each performance.
“I thought we started the game really well on Wednesday and were brilliant in the first 20 minutes.
“If we just continue that on Saturday then we’ll be in with a chance of making the final.”
Leitch was happy with Peterhead’s midweek win, but has warned that the job is only half done.
The midfielder added: “We’re definitely pleased with 1-0 because Stirling’s a hard place to go down to.
“So it was a good result and we would have been happy with any lead to take back to Balmoor on Saturday.
“It was a hard game. We would have been happy with 1-0 if we’d been offered it before so we’re happy to take it into Saturday.
“But the job is only half done, it’s only half-time so we need to go again on Saturday.
“But we’re in a good position.”
With their slender advantage Leitch knows the first goal will be crucial at Balmoor tomorrow.
If Peterhead get it they are strong favourites to progress, but a first goal for Stirling means the tie will be very much in the balance.
Leitch was frustrated Peterhead were unable to add to their lead in midweek but says this is motivation for them to finish off the tie tomorrow. He added: “We were a bit disappointed not to get more at Forthbank.
“In the second half it was tougher because they changed their shape and came out at us a wee bit more.
“But we have a lead and we want to build on it on Saturday and the first goal will be important.”
For part-time players it’s a swift turnaround and if Peterhead make the final they will be back in action on Wednesday and then again on Saturday.
Leitch says they just have to deal with that.
He said: “It is a quick turnaround when we’re working during the day, but we’ll rest and recover as much as we can and then go again on Saturday.”