Montrose V Peterhead at Links Park Stadium : Match Preview

15 March 2013 05:01
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Duo back in frame for Montrose

Montrose welcome back Terry Masson and David Gray from suspension as they host fellow play-off chasers Peterhead at Links Park.

The due missed the 4-0 defeat to Berwick last weekend and are expected to return to the side.

But Jonathan Crawford, who was sent-off in Saturday's defeat, will be missing as her serves his suspension.

Striker Martin Boyle is available after illness, but Alan Campbell faces a late fitness test on a back injury while Phil McGuire remains sidelined with a knee problem.

Manager Stuart Garden said: "This is a big game for both clubs in terms of the play-offs. If we win we open up a nine-point gap whereas if Peterhead win things get even tighter.

"We played well at Berwick despite losing 4-0. It was a disappointing result but there were never four goals in it so we will dust ourselves down and go again."

Peterhead are without Scott McLaughlin for the trip.

The Blue Toon, who are six points behind their opponents, were suffered a blow as their captain opted to join Ayr on loan until the end of the season.

Scott Ross is expected to return to the defence after recovering from an ankle knock while Ryan Strachan has completed his suspension.

But Davie Ross and Callum MacDonald remain long-term absentees with knee injuries.

Manager Jim McInally said: "We lost to Elgin last week but I was disappointed for the players as they put a lot into the game and deserved better.

"We have conceded early goals against Montrose in the last two meetings and then been left chasing the game which is not ideal. Hopefully we can get in front and dictate what happens in this one."

Source: PA

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