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Peterhead 1 Fraserburgh 0

Wed 25 Jul 2012

A solitary goal from Robbie Winters was enough to ensure Peterhead rounded out their pre-season campaign with a win over near neighbours Fraserburgh, and saw them retain the annual Buchan Cup.

But it was a tight affair and definitely not a game for the purists, the goalscoring form that had seen Jim McInally’s side smash ten past Turriff United and Huntly in the days prior having suddenly been forgotten.

Peterhead had completed the signing of Winters, along with that of Dean Cowie from the Broch, before kick-off. While Cowie went straight into the midfield, Winters had to make do with a place on the bench.

It was the visitors who were quicker out of the blocks, and Graham Johnston really needed to do better than to blaze over when he found himself in behind the Blue Toon’s three-man defence after just seven minutes.

Chances were at a premium, but not so the tackles in a first half that was more likely to catch light due to a fight than some silky skill.

It was beyond the half-hour mark when a Scott McLaughlin corner found Stephen Maguire at the near post, his header comfortably held by Broch keeper John Calder.

Maguire would go off with a groin injury before the interval, and that change saw Winters enter the fray. He was quickly joined, at the interval, by Bavidge as The Blue Toon switched to three up front, and they were immediately more threatening.

Callum Macdonald headed a Bryan Deasley corner over the bar ten minutes after the restart, but the Blue Toon went in front just after the hour.

Bavidge made space for a cutback on the right, only to see his pass cut out by Neil Main. Caught in two minds between controlling the ball and playing out from the back or clearing first time, Main presented the ball straight to Winters who gleefully chipped Calder from 20 yards.

It was a spectacular finish from the former Aberdeen man, and if he hadn’t already endeared himself to the home support with his performance against Huntly, scoring against Kris Hunter’s side would have done the trick.

Still chances were few and far between, though, and it was two minutes from time before Winters threatened again – and again he was close to lofting the ball into the net.

This time it was former Blue Toon man Paul Leask he’d spotted wandering off his line, but Winters was unable to find the target on this occasion.

While a win is always welcome, the nature of this game gave the Blue Toon management more questions than answers ahead of the Cup game against East Fife on Saturday.

PETERHEAD 1st HALF: Paul  Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ross Smith, Jamie Redman, Dean Cowie, Rory McAllister, Scott McLaughlin, Stephen Maguire (RobbieWinters, 44).

PETERHEAD 2nd HALF: Marc McCallum, Darren Kelly, Steve Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Scott McLaughlin, Ryan Strachan, Bryan Deasley, Martin Bavidge, Robbie Winters, Rory McAllister (Roy McBain, 65).