Queen of the South 2 Peterhead 1

Queen of the South 2 Peterhead 1

Another commendable effort from Peterhead ended in nothing for their admirable endeavours as Queen Of The South showed enough resilience and character to earn a 2-1 victory. For the Blue Toon though, a performance that was identical to what we’ve seen previously with grit, determination and a desire to ask questions of the opposition defence.
The first half saw chances for both teams with the visitors doing well to frustrate the hosts, not backs to the wall stuff like previous weeks but an authority to get forward when getting a slice of freedom beyond the halfway line.
An early Jordon Brown header forced Kevin Dabrowski into action as the Blue Toon looked to threaten the home goal, a decent ball came into the box finding the current joint caretaker manager who had to tip the ball over the bar from a Danny Strachan delivery.
Josh Todd at the other end midway through the first period had an effort from the edge that troubled the Peterhead defence but not Stuart McKenzie as a stinging effort from the midfielder just flew wide of the left post. Ruari Paton also tried his luck with a similar attempt just going wide.
Josh Oyinsan and Kieran Shanks did well to link-up in the forward area for Peterhead and the latter had a chance across goal that went wide before Shanks also tried to find Jordon Brown but the stalwart failed to get a connection on the opportunity.
Three minutes after the restart, QOTS took the lead from the penalty spot after Andy McCarthy fouled Cammy Logan after the former Hearts forward got past three Peterhead defenders. It was controversial by many in visiting colours though with Andy McCarthy and Jason Brown leading the protests towards referee Stewart Luke. Up stepped Paton who kept his composure and slotted the pen down the middle.
Lee Connelly had an effort for the hosts that almost forced a second for the hosts but McKenzie reacted to the danger. A couple of minutes later, Peterhead were level.
A Jack Wilkie delivery from the left was met by the thumping header of Jason Brown who guided home an instinct header past Dabrowski to level for the Blue Toon, the experienced defender leading the celebrations in a goal that meant a lot to him for a man who is so passionate about playing for Peterhead.
Any hopes of getting a solid point in Dumfries was hampered with six minutes left as QOTS got a winner, Lewis Gibson linked up well with Lee Connelly who latched onto the neat pass before firing past McKenzie.
It wasn’t to be but not without a fight from the Blue Toon, proud was a common word used on the way home from the Borders but as much as you aim to be colossal and commendable, results count at this stage of the season. Long way to go yet.
Peterhead joint caretaker manager Jordon Brown said post-match, “You can’t fault anyone from the boys who start to the subs that came on, the attitude was different class and you can see the togetherness of everyone, it’s frustrating.
“We’re getting closer and there’s a lot of disappointment in the dressing room, we won more flick-ons and had more chances.”
Queen Of The South: Dabrowski, Wilson, McKay, Paton, Todd, Murray (Connelly 67), East (Gibson 72), Hendrie, McKechnie , Logan, Brydon. Subs: Botterill, McKay, McKenna, Ruth, Irving, McMahon, Muir.
Peterhead: McKenzie, Bisland (Gabriel 77), Jason Brown, Wilkie, Ryan Strachan, Danny Strachan (Allan 88), McCarthy (MacIver 64), Jo Brown, Jack Brown, Oyinsan (Fosu 65) Shanks. Subs: Thompson, Joshua, Walusimbi, McLeod, Ikwa.
Balmoor Bulletin #9

Balmoor Bulletin #9

Community News

  • Two players from Peterhead Boys Club 2007 team joined in with Tuesday night training at Balmoor with the first team, we hope that Zac Clueit and Aaron Valley enjoyed the experience. 

General News

  • We were delighted to receive another club vehicle to complete our fleet this week. Paul from Millbank Coaches/Central Taxis very kindly donated a 16-seater mini-bus to be used by the team for getting to and from training. The vehicle was once agin liveried in our club colours by Richard from Signature Signs, thank you to both local companies for their continued support and generosity towards PFC.
  • We had a local scaffolding and construction company visit the club to carry out a survey as to the feasibility of creating a separate mini-stand for our young Toon supporters. There were however some safety concerns raised therefore it’s back to the drawing board but we will continue to work towards a solution before the start of next season.
  • Our February Platinum Draw was carried out in our hospitality suite on Saturday 25th and here are the winners:
           £500 168 Eric Fulton
           £200 137 Claire Jamieson
          £100 122 Alan Harris
If you would like to sign up for the monthly draw, all the details can be found on our website – you’ve got to be in it to win it!
  • All at Peterhead FC were very sad to hear of the passing away of former player Frank Krukowski. Frank was the hard-tackling, super-fit midfield lynchpin of a very successful Peterhead side for 8 years in the late 70s and early 80s.
    From Natty Porter: “Frank was a key figure in Colin Grant`s team which brought a revival to the Club and that side became a top Highland League team constantly challenging for honours. Along with his great mate and sidekick Willie Lawson, they were stalwarts and very loyal to the Club. Many of his team mates and indeed his opponents would rate Frank as the hardest player in the Highland League during this period although Frank would remind them of his 30 yard `wonder` goal in the 82-83 League Cup Final against Elgin at Kynoch Park. I promised him I would get that bit in!”
    “He was up to a few games in the past couple of seasons and whilst his health was deteriorating he retained his razor sharp humour and was an extremely popular figure”.
    A great player, great team mate and a great man, Frank will be very sorely missed.
  • We’d like to give a big shout out to Peterhead Community Fire Station for the CPR and Defib training given to our club staff this week.
    We have a Defibrillator located at the front entrance to Balmoor kindly donated by Peterhead Port Authority and maintained by Angus Cumming and Stuart Connon.


    Team News

    • An update on the managerial role at PFC: there have been a large number of applications submitted for this position and some excellent candidates however the board are not rushing to a decision and are going to take the time to ensure that the correct appointment is made. All at PFC have been impressed with the professionalism shown by Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown who have stepped up these past few weeks to caretake the team until an appointment is made, it has been a difficult transitional period but they have dedicated themselves to the task in hand and shown great commitment to the club which is to be commended.
    • We take on Queen of the South at Palmerston Park tomorrow, a full preview can be found here.


        Queen of the South preview

        Queen of the South preview

        Peterhead FC joint caretaker managers Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown admit there’s been more of a structure to the working week ahead of the long trip to Queen Of The South. Togetherness was a word used many times by supporters after last week and it’s something that both continued to emphasise looking ahead to tomorrow. 

        The two stalwarts for the Blue Toon took charge for their first game in temporary roles last weekend with Peterhead putting in a good shift in the first half before Alloa took the game by the teeth and grabbed two goals for a 2-0 win.

        They look ahead to the trip to Dumfries collectively by saying, “The reaction in the last two weeks of training has been good, they’ve been part of a team and had a smile on their face rather than just being individuals, a long bus journey will help and we have team camaraderie but it’s just a team that’s low in morale.

        “Whenever you get a Saturday with an opportunity to get points then it helps, hopefully we have a successful Saturday and enjoy the bus journey.

        “After the chaotic week we had, getting on the pitch last Saturday was always something we couldn’t wait for, we’ve had three sessions and a game to get everyone together, no matter what happens in a managerial change, everyone comes together to prove a point or for freshness.

        “This week we’ve managed to slightly be more structured knowing what’s coming and we hope to see the benefits of that tomorrow. Irrespective of who we come up against, we have to maintain high standards within our group, our professionalism and standards need to be the highest they can be.

        “That hasn’t been our problem this year, we’ve got our own ideas heading into the game tomorrow, we would like the results to change first and foremost, we have tried to pick the boys up after what has been a busy week, it’s always going to be a difficult transition period after a manager goes.

        “We have a sharp session at Peterhead on Tuesday and we looked good last night as well, we’ll need everyone in the final seven games of the season and hopefully more with the play-offs to have an impact.

        “We made it clear as a temporary management team and at board level that we’ve seen a spark over the last week, the attitude, intensity has got better and it’s been loud in training. There’s no point in being Tuesday and Thursday training players, they need to be Saturday players.

        “All the quality and effort at training needs to be brought forward to a Saturday, when we took charge, we wanted the players to have belief and confidence and also have a level of values. It was about taking pride in everything we do both on and off the pitch.

        “Nobody is happy about how the season has gone but there’s still a chance, it might be a different approach as you’re away to a full-time team but that same approach remains the same to try and get a win, it’s a young team and even younger without Ryan and Andy McCarthy who came off.”

        Attacker Jack MacIver made his second start for the club last weekend and is hoping to kick on and contribute in the latter stages of the season, “I thought the boys were good last week, a bit better over the recent weeks, everyone knows it hasn’t been good enough.

        “We’re prepared and ready to go tomorrow, any player that doesn’t play is going to be frustrated, I was no different, it shows Ryan and Jordon have trust in me and hopefully I can keep on playing.”
        Our fleet is complete

        Our fleet is complete

        Thanks to two hugely supportive local businesses, we now have three new PFC vehicles on the road. Brian Henderson Car Sales donated a mini-bus to transport players to and from games and training and Millbank Coaches did likewise, adding a runaround kit van to make our fleet complete. We wouldn’t be the club we are without our fantastic local businesses so we wish to thank them both for their kind generosity in making this happen.
        Danny makes it 50

        Danny makes it 50

        Danny Strachan made his 50th appearance for Peterhead in a 2-0 defeat to Alloa Athletic and the right-back is hoping it’s the first of many milestones to come for his hometown club.

        Strachan has supported the club from his young days and has been a season-ticket holder at the club since he was a kid, it’s now a dream come true to be representing the club he loves and additionally, he is now looking at getting the 100 games mark now.

        He said, “It’s the club I wanted to play for growing up as I supported them so to get 50 games is really a dream come true, hopefully, it’s many more to come in the long term.

        “I’m hoping there’s a lot more to come and 50 is the start and hopefully this weekend is one step closer to 100, I am calm about the current situation we find ourselves in, I think it’s important that the full focus is on the final seven games which may give us a play-off to stay in the league.

        “Everyone in the changing room is sticking together just now, you saw that on Saturday as there was a good feeling about the place and it felt a bit more positive despite the result.

        “It’s all been quite quick for me personally, I’ve been here a while with my loan spells but hopefully another 50 will come again soon enough, it feels like I’ve been playing here for a while.

        “People enjoy themselves at this club, Jason, Jordon and Ryan all have between 200-300 appearances each between them, players are sticking by the club and staying here because they’ve committed that much to the club.

        “I just want to keep playing as much as possible, I’ll do my best for anyone, whether that’s Ryan and Jordon or a new manager, I’ll give my all for Peterhead.

        “Being a season-ticket holder when I was younger, it was always the club I wanted to play for when I got older, I just want to keep playing as much as possible now that I am here to help the club be successful in the future.

        “We now look forward to Queen Of The South on Saturday, it will be a long journey but we have to go there looking to get a positive result.”

        Strachan said both Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown have been brilliant as joint caretaker managers. He added, “They’ve asked that we give everything in terms of work rate, respect and it’s a new role for the two of them.

        “They’ve been absolutely brilliant for us setting up sessions and making sure everyone is on the same page, even the team talk was good for their first one, they know what we have within the squad and they are trying to apply that to the squad to try and get results.”
        Peterhead 0 Alloa 2

        Peterhead 0 Alloa 2

        A valiant showing from Peterhead didn’t count for anything as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Alloa Athletic. The reaction was a necessity for the joint caretaker managers Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown but also, an ability to show they are capable of playing on the front foot and asking opposition sides questions.

        Peterhead were on the front foot early as a Jack McIver ball found Jordon Brown who linked up with his brother Jason who had a shot go wide.

        The hosts remained on the front foot and after six minutes, Kieran Shanks chased down a ball after some good play by Jack Brown. Jay Hogarth tried to force the ball forward before the on-loan Arbroath striker intercepted but it came to nothing but it highlighted the fine start from the Blue Toon.

        Peterhead still threatened as the game progressed but Alloa grew into the game a little bit more, they were never going to have an easy day at Balmoor with the hosts having a level of organisation which is contary to what was posted on social media from our opponents, Daniel Fosu tried to find Shanks as the Blue Toon went in search of an opener but Scott Taggart intercepted any danger.

        Jason Brown was a colossal figure defensively for the hosts and had a second bite at the cherry on 34 minutes, a Jack Maciver corner found Jack Wilkie who sent a knock-on in the direction of Jason Brown who shot wide.

        Alloa were on top in the final five minutes of the first half, Luke Donnelly attempted to open the scoring for Brian Rice’s side with the former Arbroath forward hitting a composed effort towards goal but a superb block by Jack Wilkie made sure it was level at the interval. Already you could sense an understanding between each other which was a stark contrast to previous weeks.

        Ross McIver had a header go wide for Alloa as the visitors went in search of an opener and they upped their game in the second half with a little bit of adaptation formation wise also.

        Alloa took the lead on 55 minutes with a ball from the right going all the way to the back post finding Luke Donnelly who guided home a header into the far bottom right corner past Stuart McKenzie.

        Peterhead weren’t out of this and didn’t start crumbling following the goal, they almost levelled in unknown fashion as a Jack MacIver free kick was almost headed into his own net by George Stanger.

        The visitors doubled the advantage on 73 minutes as a cross came in by Murray Miller which came off the hand of Jordon Brown that saw referee Mike Roncone point to the spot. Up stepped Scott Taggart who dispatched a well taken penalty past Stuart McKenzie to seal the game.

        It goes without saying that it was a better showing from Peterhead as they travel to Queen Of The South next weekend.

        Ryan Strachan said post-match, “Can’t commend the guys enough, their application and effort from Tuesday until today, in the first 45 minutes, we were visibly the better team and had two good opportunities to score, we can take massive positives from the game.

        “Deep down, we wanted a reaction but we also wanted to look better on the eye, in theory we’ve got what we wanted but the bottom line is it’s another defeat.”

        Peterhead: McKenzie, Bisland, Jason Brown, Wilkie, Danny Strachan, Jordon Brown, McCarthy (Ikwa 81), MacIver (McLeod 66), Fosu (Gabriel 81), Jack Brown (Oyinsan 81), Shanks. Subs not used: Thompson, Melingui, Walusumbi, Joshua, Allan.
        Alloa: Hogarth, Doyle (Strachan 75), Stanger, Durnan, Taggart, Cawley (Church 65), Robertson, Miller (Rankin 88), Coulson (Scougall 65), MacIver, Donnelly (Sammon 75). Subs not used: Clark, Graham, King, O’Dennell,