Peterhead V East Fife at Balmoor Stadium : Match Preview

12 August 2016 05:34
Peterhead V East Fife - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Nathan Blockley banned for Peterhead

Peterhead will be without Nathan Blockley against East Fife as the midfielder is suspended following his red card in the 5-0 Betfred Cup defeat against Rangers in midweek.

Despite the scoreline, manager Jim McInally saw plenty of positives in the game.

"In the first half an hour and the final half an hour we played a lot of very good possession football," he said. "We were undone by a wonder goal from Niko Kranjcar and then shot ourselves in the foot with poor marking at set-pieces.

"There was more to be happy than disappointed with and we look forward to taking aspects of that game into the one against East Fife."

East Fife player-manager Gary Naysmith has ruled himself out at Balmoor due to an ankle injury.

Chris Duggan will also be missing due to a hamstring problem, while Pat Slattery is a doubt.

Boss Naysmith said: "This will be a difficult game as Peterhead are a very strong side at home and they will also be looking to get their season going after losing to Alloa and Rangers.

"We started our league season with a 2-2 draw with Albion Rovers which is not the worst result but we were ahead twice and were pegged back. If we get ahead at Peterhead I want us to stay ahead."

Source: PAR