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    Allan Maitland previews Peterhead game 

    Friday, December 03, 2010 2:47:59 PM

    After recent weather conditions we will be delighted to have a game tomorrow and welcome Neale Cooper, Andy Dornan, the players directors and supporters of Peterhead FC to the “Recs”. The snow and freezing conditions has played havoc on our match preparations with players finding it impossible to travel through to Alloa last Saturday and Tuesday night after the cancellation of the Dumbarton game on both occasions. Peterhead come into today’s game on the back of another good cup result when they defeated First Division Cowdenbeath at home in their Scottish Cup 3rd round match with goals coming from two ex Aberdeen youngsters, Ryan Strachan and Neil McVitie. Neale will be hoping that the result and the prospect of a trip to St Mirren in January will help kick start their league campaign after drawing their last two matches. There is great quality in the squad at Peterhead and as we know only too well they probably just need a result to restore confidence and help kick start their season. With Martin Bavidge, Denis Wyness, Graeme Sharp, David Ross, Conor Gethins and the clever Nicky Clark in their ranks there is no doubt they have the ability to score goals and we will need to concentrate fully for the entire 90 minutes if we hope to win today. Peterhead are a great club who always make us feel welcome and, after today, I wish them every success and believe they will soon be pushing up the league.
    Our last match was the cup tie against Raith Rovers when I thought we were excellent, especially after going behind early in the game. Raith started the game really well am that and deservedly went ahead through John Baird. They could easily have doubled their lead when Laurie Ellis headed towards goal but Billy Gibson made an incredible clearance when it seemed a certain goal. We took some heart from that and began to compete much better and turned the game on its head with two fantastic strikes from Kevin McDonald. With Raith reduced to 10 men we took full advantage in the second half with a goal from Stuart Noble before Kevin completed an excellent hat trick with a left foot finish. We probably played our best football since the Ayr United game back in September and thoroughly deserved the victory. The draw paired us away from home against Hamilton Accies, which is certainly not the tie I’d have picked but we now must try to find some consistency over the next five weeks to go into the game with some belief and confidence.
    After the disappointment of the East Fife match I feel the players have responded well with two very different performances but equally important wins against Stenhousemuir and Raith Rovers. Kevin has rightly taken the plaudits with his performances and goals but I feel that the return to action and form of Stuart Noble has been vital and after tormenting the Raith back four he deserved his goal, which I hope will be the first of many. The enforced weather break will have been good news for David McClune and Brown Ferguson as they recover from their injuries – I expect David to be fit and available for today’s game and “Bomber” should hopefully be back training with the first team within the next couple of weeks as he steps up his rehab.
    Finally I’d like to welcome Michael McGowan to the club after signing two weeks ago and making his debut in the Scottish Cup – he has wonderful ability and will bring something different to our squad. His arrival has coincided with the departure of Declan McAvoy and Hugh Kerr who both feel they need to be playing more regularly. I thank them both for their efforts and wish them well at their new clubs.
    Allan Maitland - Team Manager

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