McInally gets his man as Peterhead dump Clyde go to the top of League Two

Rusell McLean scores.

It was double delight for Peterhead boss Jim McInally as his side went top of League Two and completed the signing of striker Karim Belmokhtar.

Goals from Russell McLean and Jack Leitch gave the Blue Toon a 2-1 win over Clyde at Balmoor to send them top of the table on goal difference ahead of Montrose.

After the game French-Algerian Belmokhtar, who appeared as a trialist, signed a contract until the end of the season.

McInally said: “It was three important points and a pretty decent performance on a pitch that was treacherous at times, although it played all right.

“Apart from a couple of hairy moments, we played well and the game should have been more comfortable.

“As soon as they scored, all the wee doubts crept in of what happened at Annan last Tuesday when we were two up and drew 3-3.

“We made sure that didn’t happen and picked up again after their goal. I thought the two wide players Johnston and Norris did well.

“It’s good to be top and with quarter of a season to go, we’re in the firing line.

“There is a long way to go and delighted that we’re there and it’s three games we’ve played without Rory McAllister and we’ve taken seven points

“People say we’re a one-man team so it’s pleasing we’ve showed strength without him.”

On Belmokhtar, McInally said: “I knew him from Edinburgh City. He’s only 21 but you can see he’s talented.

“He nearly scored with a good shot just wide and he’ll be a welcome addition at an important time.”

The game went ahead after some frantic work from volunteers, which included boss McInally, to clear the pitch of snow which started falling at 6pm.

The Blue Toon were ahead on 36 minutes when brilliant play from Willie Gibson released Chris Johnston on the left and McLEAN turned home his pinpoint cross. Six minutes later the second arrived when Jamie Stevenson’s 40-yard pass found LEITCH who netted with a sublime eight-yard left-foot volley from a tight angle.

Former Don David Goodwillie pulled one back for the Bully Wee on 65 minutes with a 14-yard finish and he missed a great chance to level late on but Peterhead held on to go top of the table.