Brown rallies Blue Toon for final-day date with destiny

Peterhead's Scott Brown
Peterhead's Scott Brown

Peterhead star Scott Brown is confident his side can make amends after squandering the chance to claim the League 2 title against Stirling Albion.

Jim McInally’s side were only seconds away from the win they required to claim the championship thanks to Jack Leith’s first-half strike but disaster struck in the third minute of injury time when Peter MacDonald equalised for the Binos.

The Balmoor side are still in the driving seat and head into the final weekend of fixtures two points clear of rivals Clyde, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hampden to face Queen’s Park.

The Bully Wee will be determined to do their part by beating Cowdenbeath at Central Park and hoping the Spiders can do them a favour at the National Stadium.

Brown, who was named players’ player of the year and young player of the year at the club’s awards night on Saturday, was stunned by the agonising ending to Saturday’s encounter.

He said: “It left me lost for words. I was in shock with what happened. We were seconds away.

“It looked like we were going to win the league and then we switched off.

“It was hard to take but we need to pick ourselves up.

“We have the chance to win the league this weekend and we need to go again.

“The crowd were great and I felt we played well and created chances.

“The fact we didn’t go more than 1-0 up killed us. We need to learn from that.

“We know it will be a nervy game on Saturday but it is still in our hands.”

Peterhead have won only two of their previous seven matches and Brown accepts his side have paid the price for their profligacy in recent weeks.

He added: “We haven’t been putting teams away. We have won 11 games this season by just one goal.

“We conceded in the last minute of our last home game against Albion Rovers and the same thing happened against Stirling Albion.

“The mood in the dressing room was flat. We wanted to be out on the pitch celebrating after the game.

“The experienced boys spoke up but we need to put this behind us now and go again on Saturday. The title is still in our hands.”