Elgin City v Peterhead

Elgin City v Peterhead

Peterhead make the short journey to Borough Briggs on Saturday afternoon as The Blue Toon face rivals Elgin City in a 3pm kick off.

Elgin City who were at one point favourites for relegation have found their form since the turn of the year and crept up the League 2 standings. With relegation now looking unlikely, Elgin occupy sixth place; seven points above last-placed Clyde with three games to play. In the three times the two teams have faced each other this season, each side have a win apiece and shared the points on once occasion. The last time The Blue Toon played at Borough Briggs however the hosts ran out 2-1 winners.

Ahead of Saturday’s match; Jordon Brown shares his views as his side search for a more positive outcome than the last trip to Elgin:

“It’s a positive and testament to the group that we go into tomorrows game with a play off spot secured with 3 games to go. Since a difficult Xmas period into January we had set targets to look at stringing momentum and consistency together and with 1 defeat in 13 games we have done that so again that’s a positive. We now reset our focus on finishing 2nd and that is really important to us all. It’s a huge 5/6 weeks ahead and everyone is looking forward to it. Tomorrow will be another tough test, as the previous 2 games against Elgin have shown. They have done excellent to turn their season around and can mathematically confirm their safety tomorrow so we know their motivation will be high but we need to match that with our own targets of securing 2nd. Away from home we have competed well in every game however we know a win has escaped us since new year and that is something we are looking to put right before the season ends. It would be a good one to reward the travelling fans also who have followed us all season and with Elgin being the closest to a derby we always bring a great following and the squad recognises that support. On the squad front we are slightly stretched with mixed news, Rory and Joe won’t make it with the niggles they picked up last week but we believe they will return before play offs begin. Shanks is suspended for the next 2 games however we do welcome David Wilson and Andy McCarthy back into the squad. It’s also great to see Conner Duthie with his boots on at training as he builds up his recovery looking towards next season”.

Peterhead 2 Forfar Athletic 1

Peterhead 2 Forfar Athletic 1

Peterhead welcomed Forfar Athletic to Balmoor on Saturday in match week 33 of league 2.

With Peterhead aiming to hold on to second place for the remainder of the season, Forfar Athletic made the short trip north in search of three points which would further bolster their survival chances.

Starting XI: McKenzie, Goldie, Jas. Brown (C), R. Strachan, Duffy, McKee, Jo. Brown, Pawlett, Ritchie, Ward, Shanks.

As usual, the strong Balmoor wind played its part as Jordon Brown got the ball rolling. With The Blue Toon accustomed to the Peterhead conditions and controlling the match early on, it was the visitors who enjoyed early chances. Early opportunities for Kieran Inglis and Josh Skelly were both off target as their shots were high of the Peterhead crossbar. After half an hour, Peterhead got their first chance of the afternoon however Joe McKee’s free kick effort was marginally wide of McCallum’s goal. Robert Ward was the first player of the afternoon to enter the referee’s book, after being cautioned for a foul in the middle of the pitch. As the Blue Toon enjoyed the majority of possession, Ryan Strachan was unable to keep his effort down as his volley from a McKee corner was fired over the Forfar goal. With half time approaching, Peterhead were forced into an early substitution as Joe McKee came off with an injury and was replaced by Jack Brown. Peter Pawlett was shown a yellow card by the referee right on the stroke of half time.

HT: Peterhead 0 – 0 Forfar Athletic.

Forfar resumed the match after the interval as the wind blew on in Balmoor.

Shortly after the break, Peterhead found their breakthrough through Hamish Ritchie who after a scramble from a corner in the Forfar box, managed to slot the ball past Marc McCallum. With Peterhead in the lead, chances fell for both sides as Inglis’ volley was well collected by McKenzie and Ritchie’s volley was off target. As The Blue Toon aimed to extend their lead, Hamish Ritchie and Robert Ward were replaced by Alfie Stewart and Conor O’Keefe; whilst Forfar retaliated by replacing Inglis and Lobban with Ross and Mohammed. After a double substitution from the visitors, forward Daniel Scally pulled one back as his header beat McKenzie. With The Blue Toon defence caught off guard, Josh Skelly looked set to score as was is 1-on-1 with McKenzie; however his timid attempt was well blocked by the goalkeeper. Shortly after a big Forfar miss, Peterhead took the lead once again after Kieran Shanks played a through ball to Jack Brown who managed to cut inside and beat McCallum with a low driven shot at his near post. Into the final ten minutes of regular time, managers Jordon Brown and Ryan Strachan made way for Scott Ross and Danny Strachan as Peterhead made their final changes. Forfar responded by swapping Skelly for Mykyta as they searched for an equaliser. As The Blue Toon held onto their lead and Forfar frantically tried to level the scoreline, the match drews to a close with late bookings for Whatley, Nditi, Shanks, and Jack Brown.

FT: Peterhead 2 – 1 Forfar Athletic.

MOTM: Peter Pawlett

Attendance: 670

Second half goals from Hamish Ritchie and Jack Brown and two assists from Kieran Shanks were enough to seal a victory for The Blue Toon who confirmed their place in the playoff spots.

Peterhead v Forfar Athletic

Peterhead v Forfar Athletic

Peterhead are at Balmoor today as The Blue Toon face Forfar Athletic in a 3pm kick off.

Tensions soared the last time the two teams met in the reverse fixture at Station Park when the match resulted in a 3-3 draw after Alfie Stewart’s injury time goal pulled The Blue Toon level. Away from the previous result, both teams have come out on top this season in this fixture; with Peterhead winning at Station Park and Forfar taking home the three points during their last trip to Balmoor back in December. The Blue Toon go into Saturday’s match having not suffered defeat in their last five matches; whilst the visitors have lost in their last two outings.

From Ryan Strachan:

“Last week was positive in that we got a game played, no one got injured and we maintained our unbeaten run at a venue that was extremely tricky, possibly the worst we’ve ever played at condition-wise.

It’s important now we get back to how we want to play, continue our momentum and finish the season well. We’ve came along way and are still developing as a team but we need to maintain form levels whilst getting players back for the final stretch.

Forfar have presented a difficult test every game we’ve played them this season, we’re level on points with them thru the 3 games so far so we have an opportunity to improve on that at home. We fully expect another difficult test like every game is in this league and they will also be up for the match so we will need to be at it from the start. We’ve a strong home record and we’re getting closer to how we need to be so the squad is excited about playing back at Balmoor today.

Team news we have Conor O’Keefe, Danny Strachan, Jack Brown and Scott Ross all fully recovered from injury. David Wilson stepped up his rehab this week, Andy McCarthy is recovering well. Kieran Gibbons and Conner Duthie remain sidelined but Conner is doing some light running work at training”.

Bonnyrigg Rose 2 Peterhead 2

Bonnyrigg Rose 2 Peterhead 2

Peterhead travelled to New Dundas Park on Saturday as The Blue Toon faced Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in League 2.

Ahead of Saturday’s match, Peterhead traveled south coming off the back of a 4-1 victory over Clyde; whilst Bonnyrigg had failed to win in their last ten matches in all competitions.

Starting XI: McKenzie, R. Strachan, Jas. Brown (C), Goldie, Duffy, McKee, Stewart, Pawlett, Ritchie, Ward, McAllister.

At a blustery New Dundas Park, it was the visitors who got the ball rolling as The Blue Toon aimed to continue their unbeaten form against opponents Bonnyrigg Rose this season. The first real opportunity of the game however came from Bonnyrigg midfielder Bradley Barrett, who fired his shot wide of McKenzie’s goal. With the hosts pushing for an opener, it was Barrett who found the back of the Peterhead net after 22 minutes played. With Peterhead on the back foot, a series of corners were well defended by The Blue Toon as they prevent Bonnyrigg from doubling their lead. A goal down; Peterhead began to come into the game as the first half progressed; with Hamish Ritchie forcing a good save from Paddy Martin in the home goalmouth to deny The Blue Toon a leveler. With half-time approaching, Pawlett’s effort was high as the midfielder was unsuccessful in finishing off a Peterhead counter-attack. From the resulting goal kick, Bonnyrigg attempted to hit back and double their lead heading into the break; however Mailer was unable to find the target after a quick counterattack from the hosts.

HT: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1 – 0 Peterhead.

The hosts kick off the second half and in similar style to the previous 45 minutes of football, Peterhead searched for an equaliser. The Blue Toon’s first chance of the half came from the head of Ryan Strachan who forced Paddy Martin into action to deny the defender a goal. Five minutes after the interval, Bonnyrigg made their first change as goalscorer Bradley Barrett was replaced by Conor Doan. Pushing to bring the scoreline level, McKee’s free kick effort was narrowly high of Martin’s goal; followed by a big chance for Rory McAllister who was through on goal however scuffed his shot and sent the ball wide. With eight minutes played in the second half, Peterhead inevitably found the back of the net via the head of Hamish Ritchie who guided his effort into the far corner after Joe McKee’s delivery from a free kick. After sixty minutes, Mailer was the first player to enter the referee’s book as he received a yellow for a foul on Robert Ward. Subsequently, Peterhead made their first change of the afternoon as Kieran Shanks came on for Flynn Duffy as The Blue Toon aimed to take control. With the match at a stalemate, McGachie and Goldie were both shown yellow cards. In their bids to break the deadlock, Peterhead replaced Caleb Goldie and Alfie Stewart with Scott Ross and Jordon Brown, as Bonnyrigg swapped Watson in for Gray. Looking to make an instant impact, Jordon Brown was unable to keep his header down from McKee’s delivery. With less than ten minutes of regular time remaining, Rory McAllister was booked for a foul on the edge of the Peterhead Penalty area. Lee Currie stepped up to take the resulting free kick and was able to beat McKenzie with his set piece shot. With the hosts in front, they made their final change as Dunsmore came on for Mailer. In the final moments, Jordon Brown, Lee Currie and Robert Ward were all shown yellow cards as The Blue Toon once again pushed for an equaliser. Into injury time, a long ball was fired forward and controlled by Pawlett who played a through ball to McAllister who slotted home an equaliser. With a draw seemingly not a satisfactory score, the match ended with Peterhead trying for a winner as Shanks headed wide from McKee’s corner.

FT: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 2 – 2 Peterhead.

After committing the foul that lead to the hosts’ second goal, Rory McAllister took matters into his own hands as he redeemed a late point for The Blue Toon on the road.

Bonnyrigg Rose v Peterhead

Bonnyrigg Rose v Peterhead

Peterhead travel to New Dundas Park today as The Blue Toon face Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.

Kicking off at 3pm, both sides play match number 32 of the season.

With the season drawing to a close, Peterhead are aiming to hold onto second place, whilst Saturday’s hosts will hope to secure League 2 football again next season. The Blue Toon will be looking to replicate last weekends performance as they put four past Clyde at Balmoor. Last weekend’s result saw Bonnyrigg and Stranraer share the points; extending Bonnyrigg’s winless streak to ten matches in all competitions.

Ahead of today’s fixture, Jordon Brown shares his thoughts:

“We know how tricky this place can be to get a result at for various reasons and they have shown that throughout the season. With a new manager and a determination to avoid relegation we know we will need to match their hunger and determination to ensure we keep our momentum building. We are happy the game is on as we don’t want disruptions at this stage. After a good win last week we will look to continue to play the way we want to in a good structure and shape that we have been consistent in however know we will need to show some better game management as we look to get back to winning ways on the road. The squad is really competitive and like I have said all along we will need everyone to be reaching their peaks if we are to secure 2nd place and give ourselves the best chance in what would hopefully be 4 games in 2 weeks in the play offs. We will unfortunately have a few enforced changes today with Andy and Danny ruled out but again gives huge opportunities for players to come in and show their qualities that we see in training regularly. David Wilson is still ruled out aswell but Caleb returns and Conor O’Keefe will have a late fitness test”.

Peterhead 4 Clyde 1

Peterhead 4 Clyde 1

Peterhead welcomed Clyde to Balmoor on Saturday as the visitors battled for the opportunity to rise from the bottom of League 2.

Starting XI: McKenzie, D. Strachan, R. Strachan, Jas. Brown (C), Duffy, McKee, McCarthy, Pawlett, Ritchie, O’Keefe, Shanks.

As Jason Brown came back into the starting lineup and donned the captain’s armband after a period on the sidelines, the Blue Toon started the game well. Controlling possession, it’s was not long before Peter Pawlett was brought down in the Clyde penalty area and after sending Kinnear in the visiting goal the wrong way, fired his penalty into the top right corner. With Peterhead taking an early lead, Clyde looked to quickly level the scoreline again through the head of Jordan Allan however after a well delivered ball to the back post, McKenzie did brilliantly to block the striker’s effort from close range. Still pushing for an equaliser, the linesman spared Allan’s blushes as he was flagged for offside after his short range attempt was well off target. With the usual Balmoor wind impacting the match, a long ball forward was held up in the air; forcing a foul to be committed on Hamish Ritchie in the Clyde box. Pawlett stepped up to the penalty spot once again and despite Kinnear getting a strong hand to the ball, Pawlett converted his second of the afternoon. With Pawlett on a hat-trick, Shanks skipped away from the Clyde defence and played the ball to Pawlett whose shot was blocked but fell to O’Keefe. After making a driving run and getting his shot off, O’Keefe’s attempt was denied by Kinnear. With Peterhead well in control, Clyde forward Martin Rennie had a shot from distance however his effort was well high and almost left Balmoor altogether. As half time approached, O’Keefe made a driving run down the left wing but was brought down by Cuddihy; who was lucky to only receive yellow as O’Keefe appeared to be through on goal. Joe McKee crossed in the subsequent free kick however Jason Brown couldn’t direct his header on target.

HT: Peterhead 2 – 0 Clyde.

As the match resumed after the interval, Clyde make a triple substitution as Rennie, Sula and McGinn were replaced by Leitch, Kabia and Grant. Peterhead also made changes of their own as Jordan Armstrong and Rory McAllister replaced Kieran Shanks and Danny Strachan. Beginning the second half in similar style to the first, Ritchie’s shot from 25 yards was easily collected by Kinnear. With The Blue Toon aiming to further extend their lead, Duffy’s corner was brought down by the head of McAllister and Pawlett was in the right place at the right time to fire home his and Peterhead’s third of the afternoon. With the visitors visibly frustrated and now trailing by three goals, Clyde midfielder Craig Howie was shown yellow after a late challenge on Conor O’Keefe. Against the run of play, Clyde were able to pull a goal back through substitute Leitch; who slotted the ball past McKenzie. With sixty minutes gone and after completing his hat-trick, Peter Pawlett got a standing ovation as he was replaced by Alfie Stewart; whilst Clyde swapped Dunachie on for Cuddihy. As the visitors seem to be coming more and more into the game, they had the ball into the back of the net; however it was rightly disallowed after Allan was guilty of handling the ball. In an attempt to regain control of the match, Hamish Ritchie made way for Robert Ward. With fifteen minutes of regular time remaining, Kabia entered the referee’s book for a high foul on Jason Brown. Making their last substitutions; Clyde replaced Ballantyne with Young and Peterhead introduced Jordon Brown as Conor O’Keefe made way. As the game drew to a close, the visitors were awarded a free kick marginally outside the Peterhead box. Kabia aimed for the top left corner but McKenzie pulled off a miraculous save to deny him. Perhaps in retaliation to frustration, Kabia moments later received a second yellow card for a rash challenge and Clyde were down to ten men for the final minutes. With Peterhead really in control of the match, Jordon Brown should have put the game to bed from close range however Kinnear denied the manager. If unsuccessful for Jordon, Joe McKee was able to fire past Kinnear from close range after the midfielder was first to meet Alfie Stewart’s corner. Now into injury time and The Blue Toon leading by four goals to one, the game concluded with Clyde defender seeing yellow for yet again another late challenge from the visitors.

FT: Peterhead 4 – 1 Clyde.

MOTM: Ryan Strachan.

Attendance: 691

After a blustery day at Balmoor, it’s Peterhead who are able to take advantage of the conditions to easily overcome Clyde who still occupy the bottom spot in League 2.