Peterhead travel to Bayview Stadium on Saturday where The Blue Toon take on East Fife, kicking off at 3pm.
After suffering defeat to Stranraer last Saturday and with only one win in their last 5 matches, Peterhead will aim to turn their fortunes around against 6th placed East Fife. Going into the match, 13 points currently separate the two sides and with only one other League 2 match taking place on Saturday, the clash provides an ideal opportunity to pull away in 2nd place. The match between Clyde and Forfar has been postponed whilst Dumbarton host Rangers in the Scottish Cup; leaving Stenhousemuir vs last weekend’s opposition Stranraer the only other League 2 match taking place.
Ahead of another trip down south, Ryan Strachan shares his thoughts:
“Last week was a disappointing result and more so performance. I felt it is the only game we’ve played this season where we just weren’t going to get anything out of and that was disappointing. We didn’t create anything, resorted to long ball tactics that just don’t work at this level and lost two sloppy goals that could’ve been prevented. That’s now two journeys to Stranraer and arguably our worst two performances of the season.
This week we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to support the squad as at one point this week we had 11 players available for the forthcoming fixture at East Fife. We’ve been totally obliterated with injuries, illness and suspension recently but that can’t be an excuse to our recent poor run of form. We’re looking to fix that immediately.
The fresh introduction of two new players and returning injuries should lighten spirits as we’ve been a little down recently and is the first time we’ve faced some adversity as a group. I’m looking forward to working with young Alfie and Flynn; both of which come highly recommended to us and will indefinitely improve our numbers immediately but most importantly our quality.
Last time we faced East Fife away we were victorious and put on a solid defensive performance, we will look to get back to that solid base and fluent creativity that we’ve deflected away from in recent weeks for one reason or another.
Both new signings come straight into squad for selection. Andy McCarthy is suspended. Jason Brown, Kieran Gibbons and Conner Duthie are missing. Joe McKee, David Wilson and Rory McAllister are working away to make the squad and will face late fitness calls. Jordan Armstrong, Connor O’Keefe and myself have all recovered this week.”
With the addition of midfielder Alfie Stewart and defender Flynn Duffy to Jordon and Ryan’s squad, The Blue Toon will look to replace their last performance and scoreline at Bayview Stadium.