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Top striker leads Annan’s play-off push

By Lewis Irons
Top striker leads Annan's play-off push

ANNAN Athletic have stumbled their way through injuries and set-backs into the latter stages of the season — with a dream play-off spot still in sight.

In what has been a turbulent campaign of Scottish Cup highs and nightmare, last-minute lows, Jim Chapman’s side are now strengthened going into the final stretch — starting with Berwick Rangers at home on Saturday.
Top-scoring forward Peter Weatherson has recovered from a six week set-back and has visibly improved the Galabankies fortunes already — bagging a brace on Tuesday night in a 3-1 win over Queens Park.
Weatherson, who was hit by a calf-injury, has got back to fitness at just the right time, with the black and gold’s left with eight matches to move into the coveted play-off spots.
And the 35-year-old striker, who has bagged 49 goals in his time at Galabank, feels the team are starting to click after a tough run.
He said: “I think we turned a corner the other night with that victory at Hampden.
“There was a noticeable difference in the way we went about our business and that’s crucial going in to the final stages of the season.”
He added: “Tuesday’s result was a huge performance and that’s credit to the whole team, not just the starting 11 but the boys on the bench too.”
It comes as no surprise that the performances are improving with Weatherson fully recovered from his injury, but the forward admitted he’s just happy to be playing again.
He said: “I’m just a big kid at heart, I want to be playing and I want to be involved so it’s great to be back.
“I’ve contributed a lot of goals and that’s a great thing for me personally, but I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, obviously my goals are helping the team and that’s all that matters to me, all the boys and the club too.”
Annan currently occupy fifth spot in a tight League Two, with leaders East Fife seven points ahead having played an extra match.
Elgin, Clyde and Queens Park fill up the play-off positions, but with a game in-hand and every team above them still to play, Annan Athletic’s push for League One football next season begins this weekend.


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