Peterhead return to action on Saturday with a home Scottish Cup fixture against Ayr United.
Back at Balmoor for a 3pm kickoff after a couple of matches on the road, The Blue Toon endured a busy week of fixtures last week with a victory over Stranraer, a defeat to Stenhousemuir then topped off with a win over Spartans.
Having been on the road for the last two matches which including heroics from Hamish Ritchie off the bench to seal the victory in Edinburgh, Ryan Strachan provides an insight into how Peterhead will tackle a tough test against Ayr United:
“We’re glad to see the back of a long and physically tough week last week, we played 3 really physical teams and we were on the road twice. That is exhausting for our players but we are delighted to come through it with 6 out of 9 points.
Last Saturday we made a slight tweak to personnel and shape and it made us more compact away from home. It was highly encouraging to see us with key personnel missing to fight for a result against an excellent outfit, on-top of that they executed the game plan very well and we looked dangerous everytime we went forward. Delighted for Hamish to finally make his return and can only hope he now has a free go at the 2nd half of the season as he shows his class everytime he crosses the line. We will need to be patient with him but at the same time we’re desperate to unleash him.
Team news: we’re a bit light at the moment, we have several knocks, niggles and few have played a lot of minutes so that needs reviewed when we have more depth. Positive news is that Caleb has recovered from a knock last week. Right now we have Jason a doubt with his ankle, Andy is close but needs some more time, I continue to nurse a calf injury, Kieran Gibbons had minor surgery this week and will shortly start his rehabilitation and a short pre season, Conner Duthie now has a date for surgery.”
Taking a break from League 2 action, Peterhead enter their Scottish Cup tie 2nd in the league level on points with Stenhousemuir however trailing by one goal.
Welcoming the mid-table Championship side to Balmoor, the fixture has seen shared success over the years with 13 Peterhead wins, 10 Ayr wins and 9 draws in all competitions. In recent clashes, shared success continues with 2 Peterhead victories and Ayr victorious 3 times in the two sides’ last 5 meetings.