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    Allan Maitland previews Peterhead match 

    Friday, October 24, 2008 2:51:58 PM

    I'd like to offer a warm welcome to the "Recs" to Neale Cooper, his coaches, the players, directors and of course any supporters of Peterhead FC who have made the long journey down for today’s game. After their defeat last Saturday against East Fife, Peterhead will be keen to secure the three points to keep them in touch with Brechin City and Raith Rovers while our needs are of course completely different as we endeavour to get away from the bottom end of the table. Our victory last Saturday against Arbroath came despite an indifferent first half performance in which we managed to gift our opponents the first goal after a series of errors. However, the difference in our play in the second half was huge with the players in much more positive and attacking mood. Out of the blue we started winning the ball in their half and the majority of the game was played at their end of the park. Having said that it took a piece of individual skill from Pat Scullion to create the chance for Kyle MacAulay to equalise and from then on it looked as if we were the team most likely to win. Our winner seven minutes from time came in unlikely fashion from Fraser Forrest when he volleyed the ball into the top corner - to give you an indication of how unlikely this was, Fraser had 18 shots at goal on Thursday night in a shooting competiton, never scored once and managed to clear the enclosure behind the goal in his final attempt. The introduction of Fraser to the game after 25 minutes of the first half gave the team a much more solid look defensively and enabled us to get to half time only one goal behind. The win was absolutely vital for us and managed to lift us above Arbroath at the bottom of the table and I hope this will help to regain the players confidence.

    There is no doubt we will need to be at our best to win today against a Peterhead side who have already beaten us this season by a single goal in a very tight game ruined by extreme weather conditions. They have plenty of attacking options with Martin Bavidge, David Ross and Graeme Sharp the obvious dangers but with Bobby Mann, Stuart Anderson and Craig Gunn also more than capable of scoring when needed.

    Everyone at the club was delighted with the win but there was also a tangible feeling of relief with both the result and the second half performance. I was pleased to see a number of players rediscover their form with Pat Scullion, Kyle MacAulay and Andy Scott the pick of the players. If we are to rescue our season we need to put together a run of results similar to our second quarter last season when we managed to win 7 of the 9 games and to do that we will need everyone fit and playing to the standards they are capable of. I know that sounds like a tall order after our first 9 games but I have complete faith and belief in this group of players.

    As always I'd like to thank you for your support.

    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager

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