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Trouble brewing as Peterhead stay in mire with Brechin loss

Sat 11 Mar 2017

PETERHEAD 0-1 BRECHIN

By Glenn Moir

 

The last time Peterhead were on a morale-sapping winless run, they beat Brechin to get back on track.

That was in the New Year fixture, when they ended a five game streak without a victory.

However, they could not repeat the trick today as Darren Dods' team came out on top to increase the pressure on the out-of-form Blue Toon.

The only positive in defeat was that fellow strugglers Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers were both beaten as well but it is getting way too close for comfort at the bottom.

This game produced little in the way of goalscoring chances but Brechin will argue they did enough to go back down the A90 with the points.

They would have a decent case because Peterhead's top two performers were their centre-backs.

One of them was pitched straight into the team for his debut, Craig Reid, who has spent time in Iceland playing for Keflavik, having previously been at Dunfermline, Motherwell, Morton and Queen of the South.

Considering he had not played competitvely since September, the 31 year old was solid and steady and his partner at the heart of the Blue Toon rearguard, Liam Gordon, was impressive throughout.

Peterhead had to contend with a couple of scares in the first half as Michael McMullin, on early for the injured Steven Noble, cleared an Ally Love effort off the line while Graeme Smith superbly kept out a Finn Graham drive.

The Blue Toon did fashion a big chance in the 36th minute when Nicky Riley chose to square for Jordon Brown, whose shot was blocked and when the ball broke out to Jamie Redman, the midfielder's goalbound strike was desperately cleared by the visiting defence.

In truth, it was untidy from both teams prior to the interval and although the hosts began to settle early in the second period, they fell behind on the hour mark.

A Brechin corner was only partially cleared to Willie Dyer, whose shot was anything but cleanly struck. However, the ball landed at the feet of Andy Jackson and the former St Johnstone striker was not going to miss from close range.

Substitute Leighton McIntosh had the Blue Toon's best chance for an equaliser but his header from a deep Grant Anderson delivery lacked power and conviction.

Had it not been for some smart Smith saves, Brechin could actually have added to their lead in the closing stages as Jim McInally threw extra players forward leaving space for the Glebe Park outfit to exploit.

However, Peterhead were always going to find it hard to get back into the match.

The statistics would prove that because in their previous three meetings with the Hedgemen this season, only Rory McAllister had netted for the Blue Toon.  

Sadly, he was sitting in the stand serving a suspension.

 

                          Smith

        Comrie Gordon Reid Noble

                       Stevenson
Anderson S.Brown J.Brown Redman

                            Riley