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Huntly 1 Peterhead 6

Sun 22 Jul 2012

Peterhead's pre-season preparations continued with a comprehensive win against Huntly today.

The Blue Toon went behind to former coach Dave McGinlay's side, but a stunning second half performance saw them run out 6-1 winners, with trialist Robbie Winters impressing.

Jim McInally switched from 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 formation for this match, with captain Callum Macdonald, midfielder Jamie Redman and striker Rory McAllister among those players rested.

Graeme Sharp started at right back, with the rest of the back four along more familiar lines, summer signing Steven Noble on the other side. Dave Ross and Roy McBain started on the wings, with Ryan Strachan and Scott McLaughlin in the centre of midfield. Bryan Deasley partnered Martin Bavidge in attack.

The Highland League side were first to threaten, veteran Russell Guild hitting over from 25 yards after referee Andy Milne had allowed a good advantage following a Strachan foul in midfield.

Peterhead's first chance fell to McBain, making his first start of pre-season. A Paul Jarvie clearance was flicked into the past of the former Caley Thistle man, and his dinked effort was just over.

But the home side took the lead from the penalty spot after Dave Ross was penalised for handball as a strange bounce struck his arm. David Booth stepped up and struck the opener low to Jarvie's right as the goalkeeper dived the other way.

Ross was well-placed at the back post to make amends shortly afterwards, but from McBain's cross, the hitman was unable to direct his header on target.

Bavidge was closer to bagging a leveller when he charged down a Barry Somers clearance and got into the penalty area, before firing just inches wide of the upright.

Bavidge was involved again as he took on a Strachan pass and then played in McBain for another chance, the legs of Hastie this time coming to Huntly's rescue.

The afternoon was to be marred five minutes from half-time when Dave Ross went down under a strong aerial challenge, physio  Greig Smith immediately signalling his involvement was over with a suspected broken collarbone.

The Blue Toon soldiered on with ten men until the interval, but managed to draw level in that short period. Strachan picked out McBain who shuffled the ball onto his right foot before finding the far corner of the net.

Winters came on for the stricken Ross at the break, and just five minutes after the break he put Peterhead in front, steering home a Strachan corner from the right at the near post.

A minute later, after linking up well with Bavidge, the former Aberdeen, Dundee United and Scotland man found McLaughlin at the back post, but he could find only the outside of the post.

Jim McInally's men were well in control now and Bavidge was unlucky not to connect with Noble's cross after the former Stranraer man went on a strong run down the left.

Bavidge did find the net a minute later, perfectly placed to pick up the scraps after Huntly keeper Neil Hastie had failed to hold a Deasley free kick under pressure from Ross Smith.

The striker bagged his second, and Peterhead's fourth, of the afternoon just three minutes later, rising to head home Deasley's corner at the near post.

With fifteen minutes to go, Winters combined well with sub McAllister down the left, the latter eventually passing for the former to striker narrowly over the junction of bar and post.

The striker did net again four minutes later, on hand to prod past Hastie after a monumental mix-up in the home defence.

And Winters was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick to cap an outstanding 45 minutes, taking advantage of mistake in the midfield to turn and strike a 30-yard lob off the crossbar. The ball did find the net, though, eventually going in off the luckless Hastie.

The Blue Toon's final pre-season game will be against Fraserburgh on Tuesday night, where McInally will be hoping his men are in similar form before the first competitive game against East Fife in the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday.

HUNTLY: Neil Hastie, Grant Campbell, Craig Dorrat, Adam Naismith, Barry Somers, Mark Gray, Russell Guild, Alexander Thoirs, David Booth, Trialist, Neale Davidson. Subs (all used): Jason Coyle, Michael Clark, Daniel Stewart, Lewis Robertson, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist (gk).

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie (Marc McCallum, 46), Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross (Callum Macdonald, 60), Ross Smith, Roy McBain (Trialist - Dean Cowie, 71), Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross (Trialist - Robbie Winters, 46), Bryan Deasley (Rory McAllister, 71), Martin Bavidge, Scott McLaughlin.