McInally says win would send out message of intent from Peterhead

Peterhead boss Jim McInally wants his side to make their title intentions clear by beating Stirling Albion tomorrow.

The Blue Toon head for Forthbank to take on the League Two leaders. The Binos are four points clear of the third-placed Buchan outfit at the table’s summit.

Manager McInally believes a victory for the Balmoor club would make a statement about their intent to lift the title at the end of the season.

He said: “It would be good to beat them and it would certainly send a message out that we are there.

“And we would be breathing down their necks which would be the biggest message.

“I think it’s important we try to keep the momentum going.

“We’ve been on a decent run apart from a week past Saturday (3-2 loss at home to Stenhousemuir).

“Stirling set a cracking pace in the first quarter, but they have struggled at home a bit, the same as us.

“Any points they’ve dropped have been at home so hopefully we can capitalise on that.

“It would be a great result to win and with two home games coming up after that it would put us on their shirt-tails.

“It would just keep everything moving along nicely.

“We’ve got a good squad of players here so it would be nice to keep that confidence and momentum going.”

However, Peterhead could be without some important players for tomorrow’s showdown.

Midfielders Scott Brown and Marc Lawrence are definitely both out.

While Jamie Stevenson and Aidan McIlduff, who started as wing-backs in a 3-5-2 formation in last week’s Scottish Cup win over Raith Rovers, are doubtful with calf and knee problems.

Influential midfielder Simon Ferry is also struggling with a bruised thigh muscle.

McInally added: “I’m not going to moan about the injuries, it’s just a bit frustrating that from one week to the other we can’t get the consistency of having the same team.

“But that’s the nature of the game and the three who are doubtful might still make it.”