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Goal-shy Peterhead edged out at Stranraer

Sat 27 Aug 2016

STRANRAER 1-0 PETERHEAD
By Glenn Moir


Peterhead scored nine goals on their two visits to Stranraer last season.

Just one would have done at Stair Park today.

The Blue Toon crashed to their third defeat in four League 1 matches and in those trio of losses, they have failed to find the net.

Not that they did not have chances.

Stranraer were hanging on as Jim McInally's men piled on second half pressure.

Goalkeeper Cameron Belford, named the hosts' man of the match, superbly turned a long range effort onto the post and the one time he was beaten, defender David Barron was back on the goalline to make the clearance.

Peterhead new boy Scott Brown, pitched in for his first start less than 48 hours after signing a season-long contract, should have capped his debut with a goal but he blazed over in the closing stages.

Other chances also came and went for the visitors, who threw on Nicky Riley and Leighton McIntosh to add to the attacking threat provided by Rory McAllister and Stefan McCluskey.

But the game's decisive moment came in the 26th minute. Craig Thomson, on loan from St Johnstone, burst forward and released Mark McGuigan, who beat Fraser Hobday with an angled shot from inside the penalty area.

Brian Reid's team also hit the woodwork in the first half, Craig Malcolm's header rattling the crossbar from Willie Gibson's cross.

Despite Peterhead turning up the heat after the break, they could not respond and this result saw them sink to the foot of the table, on goal difference below Stenhousemuir, who got their first point in a 2-2 draw against Airdrie.

At least, the Blue Toon are, game by game, tightening up at the back. The sequence of conceded goals has gone from four, three, two and one.

Hopefully this means a clean sheet in their next league outing.

 

PETERHEAD LINE-UP

Hobday, Blockley, Ross, Kelleher, Strachan, Baptie, Ferry, S.Brown, J.Brown, McCluskey, McAllister