Elgin City striker Chris McLeish is targeting a strong run of form to catapult the Black and Whites up the League 2 table.
City have made a bright start to their league campaign with four victories from their opening seven matches, although they have yet to string together back-to-back victories.
With Elgin going into today’s trip to Peterhead on the back of last weekend’s 2-1 victory at home to Queen’s Park, McLeish feels consistency is the key to the fifth-placed Moray outfit climbing the league.
Today’s game is followed by three successive home matches, and McLeish said: “We have not had a bad start to the season. We had a wee bit of a blip but hopefully we can carry on from the good win against Queen’s Park last week.
“We are hoping that’s the start of the wee run and hopefully it continues.
“Last season we lost a few games and it carried on, whereas this season it’s only the 3-0 defeat to Stirling Albion we have been well and truly beaten in.
“Any time we have lost a game we have bounced back straight away, so we just want to keep playing away and picking up points.”
Elgin are looking to reverse a dire record against the Blue Toon at Balmoor today, with Jim McInally’s men winning the last eight encounters between the sides.
McLeish is determined to help City make amends against their rivals, with the 26-year-old adding: “They have been a kind of bogy team. We did not beat them last season and didn’t even manage to score, so hopefully that can change this season.
“Derby games are big matches which you want to play in so we want to try and prove a point by putting in a performance and hopefully getting a win.”
McLeish netted his second goal of the season in last weekend’s victory over the Spiders, with the former Jeanfield Swifts attacker looking to thrive on the increased competition for places at Borough Briggs this term.
McLeish added: “In the previous couple of games I was a bit disappointed at starting on the bench.
“It happens in football, but I got the call up last week so it was good to take my chance and score a goal.
“Shane Sutherland is back among the goals, while Greg Morrison has come in and got off to a good start.
“The three of us are all fighting for places but we managed to all start last week. Hopefully that continues.”