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Peterhead 2 Nairn County 0

Fri 11 Nov 2011

Redman Redman

A first-half Martin Bavidge double eased Peterhead beyond the challenge of Highland League leaders Nairn County and into Round Three of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It was a first win for new boss Jim McInally, who is already starting to make his mark on the Blue Toon side.

McInally opted for a 3-4-1-2 system, which saw Scott Ross come into the defence alongside Callum Macdonald and Gary Wood.

Jamie Redman returned from injury to partner Ryan Strachan in the centre of midfield, while Davie Donald and Bryan Deasley filled the wide positions.

Dennis Wyness started behind a front two of Martin Bavidge and Rory McAllister.

But Nairn started brightly, and former Blue Toon man Conor Gethins, starting despite picking up a groin strain on league business the week before, flashed an early effort across the face of goal.

However, Peterhead settled into the game quickly, and took the lead after 12 minutes. Deasley was the creator with a jinking run into the area, and he stood the ball up for Bavidge who could hardly fail to head home from close range.

A long ball out of defence from Ross saw McAllister work a chance shortly after, but from 20 yards his effort was held well by visiting goalkeeper Callum Donaldson.

But after 25 minutes, it was 2-0. Wyness slipped Donald in with a fine pass, and the former Aberdeen man bravely slid into retain possession with Donaldson bearing down on him, and squared for Bavidge to stroke home from 12 yards.

It was comfortable now for Peterhead, and McAllister tried his luck from a tight angle wide on the left, missing the target by just inches moments after half-time.

Strachan also came close with a 20-yard free kick which had Donaldson beaten but crashed back off the crossbar.

Still the Blue Toon pressed in search of a killer third goal, and defender Scott Ross had two shots from range in quick succession, both of which forced Donaldson to save.

Les Fridge’s side had hardly threatened, but gave it a go in the final ten minutes, and were unlucky not to pull one back with ten minutes remaining.

A corner from the right was cleared as far as substitute Gregg Main, and his spectacular 20-yard effort was pushed away by the fingertips of Raymond Jellema, the goalkeeper having been restored to the starting eleven.

PETERHEAD: Jellema, Donald, Deasley, Wood, Macdonald, Redman, Wyness (Sharp, 64), Strachan, McAllister, Bavidge (D. Ross, 77), S. Ross. Subs not used: Sellars, Davidson, Jarvie (gk)

Attendance: 625