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Peterhead pegged back by Brechin

Sat 12 Dec 2015

Peterhead had to settle for a point at bottom of the table Brechin after a scrappy, stop-start encounter at Glebe Park.

Leighton McIntosh, the newly named SPFL League 1 Player of the Month for November, maintained his form by getting on the scoresheet again.
 
However, his early opener was cancelled out late on by substitute Robert Thomson, who netted from close-range to ensure a share of the spoils.
 
Blue Toon manager Jim McInally thought the equaliser should not have stood, claiming Isaac Layne, who provided the assist, was in an offside position when he advanced forward.  
 
The far-side assistant referee kept his flag down so the official in charge, Gavin Duncan, rightly, did not sound his whistle.  But that was a rarity in this match and he might need a new blower for Christmas after continually halting the play.
 
Granted, it is the time of year for handing out cards and the referee stayed true to tradition by flashing a series of yellows in a frustrating contest .
 
Peterhead, though, only have themselves to blame for not coming back up the A90 with all three points after passing up several chances.
 
They started well and broke the deadlock after seven minutes.  McIntosh fastened on to a Ryan Strachan pass and saw his angled 16 yard shot nestle into the net after taking a wicked deflection off Darren McCormack.
 
Jordon Brown then smashed a 20 yard drive inches over while Rory McAllister stung the palms of Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith following a forceful run.
 
There was not too much for Peterhead to be concerned about in the first period, although Nathan Blockley made a timely intervention to deny Andy Jackson from Layne's cutback moments before the interval.
 
McAllister, one of five visiting players to be cautioned, was incensed at not being awarded a penalty early in the second half when he appeared to be hauled down by Willie Dyer.
 
The game became messy but the shirt of Peterhead's Graeme Smith was untouched as he had little to do all afternoon.  But he had to pick the ball out of his net with 10 minutes remaining when Brechin drew level.
 
The lively Layne raced away down the right side of the penalty area and picked out Thomson, who slotted in from a few yards.  The goalscorer also netted twice when Brechin won 3-2 at Balmoor earlier in the campaign.
 
The Blue Toon finished strongly and could have forced a late winner.  McAllister had two good opportunities, shooting wide when in on goal and then forcing Smith into a smart save while Kevin Dzierzawski was also foiled by the Brechin stopper.
 
So after defeating Forfar on Tuesday, Peterhead could not complete an Angus double but they do stay fourth in the table.
 
PETERHEAD XI
                        Smith
 
Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble
                            
                         Ferry
           Dzierzawski Redman
                        Brown
 
            McIntosh McAllister