Peterhead go into their final Premier Sports Cup Group A game against Stirling Albion at Forthbank with Balmoor manager Jim McInally hoping that his side will play as well as they train.
Whilst the Blue Toon cannot progress Kevin Rutkiewicz’s side can grab second spot (and potentially book a place in the last sixteen) and Jim is pleased that the game will have an edge.
Jim said: “Stirling are a good side. As a club they invested well in their playing staff last summer and they have done the same this summer. They will be up there challenging for the League 2 title this season. Any game against them will be difficult and this one, because there is something at stake, will be especially difficult.”
“I am actually pleased about that as it will help us be in better shape for the league starting next weekend. It is great to be facing a tough 90 minutes, where four places in the group have still to be decided, than having a dead rubber. We will have to go and compete for the entire game and that is good at this stage of the season.”
Jim added: “Everyone took a lift from beating Cove Rangers last weekend. There was no too much wrong in how we were going about things but that first win of the season is important. Training this week was good as everyone came to it in a great frame of mind.”
“The work that was put in was top class and I have to praise Simon Ferry for the routines he set up and praise the players for how they carried them out. At times it was a pleasure to watch the players work with the ball and if we play as we trained this week then we can win at Stirling.”
Striker Russell McLean misses out after picking up a ban for collecting two yellow cards and Andrew McCarthy remains absent due to a hamstring problem. Ferry is a doubt after picking up a knock at Cove and Alan Cook is also routed as doubtful with Jim adding: “We will work our way around any absentees and with Russell missing it is a good chance to see what Niah Payne can do through the middle. He has been getting stronger in every game and this will give us an opportunity to see what he can do in leading the line as opposed to playing wider.”
Some match tickets have been sold for this match and remain valid for entry to the stadium.
Stirling Albion have decided to open Cash Turnstiles for this match also. The pair of turnstiles for the East Stand at the South (Morrisons) end will be open from 14:00, for either cash or ticket entry.
Entry for all but the U-12s is a Flat Rate £10. U-12s have free entry when accompanied by an adult.