Blue Toon midfielder Hamish Ritchie is out to strengthen Peterhead’s home form ahead of Saturday’s clash against Stevie Farrell’s Dumbarton outfit, and for the season as a whole.
Ritchie said: “It is always important to have a good home record. I think it is good when teams fear coming to your place and we must make Balmoor like that. When you pick up a lot of points at home it always helps come the end of the season.”
The Sons have had a strong start under the new management of former Stranraer boss Farrell and currently sit second in the league with the strongest away form of any side.
Hamish however believes Peterhead can get a result as he explained: “Dumbarton have had a good start, but we just need to focus on our own performance and get the three points”.
The Blue Toon’s last fixture was away at table-topping Queen’s Park, which saw Jim McInally’s side lead 2-1 with 55 minutes on the clock only to leave Firhill with no points after two late goals were conceded.
Peterhead had played positively, especially in the second half and Ritchie believes consistency is key to turning these performances into results.
The 24-year-old said: “We know ourselves how good we can be. It is just a case of being consistent every week. We have shown how well we can play this season and I think if we can keep sticking to the way can play then results will come.”
Former Inverurie Loco’s player Ritchie scored his first goal of the season last week against the Spiders, equalising for the Toon just after half-time however he deems that team results rather than goalscoring to be the most important priority.
“It is always nice to score goals” said Ritchie before adding: “But it doesn’t mean anything if you do not come away with anything from the game. Hopefully we can just kick on from here as a team and get the win on Saturday”.
Peterhead have added new faces to their squad recently with David Wilson who made his debut last Saturday, and loan signing Ryan Duncan from Aberdeen set for home bows against the Sons.
Ritchie believes the fans have good reason to be excited about new bodies being added to the Balmoor side as he said: “New signings always increase competition in the team. They are both very good players and the fans should be excited about seeing them. Hopefully they hit the ground running against Dumbarton.”
Peterhead’s previous results against Dumbarton give optimism ahead of kick-off as the Balmoor men have won three out of the last four meetings. They were all 1-0 successes with the winners all being scored by Ben Armour who ironically had a loan spell at Dumbarton before his spell at the Blue Toon.