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Martin Bavidge returned to the Peterhead side in an otherwise unchanged Peterhead side that drew with Elgin on the Wednesday night, new signing Ryan McCann had to make do with a place on the bench. It was to be ultimately another frustrating match for the blue Toon, however with the recent upturn in form the reward of three points can’t be that far away.

Peterhead opened brightly with Rory McAllister heading just wide before David Cox saw a fierce effort blocked in a crowded box by Berwick keeper Youssef Bejaoui. The toon continued to press; Bejaoui again smartly turned away a close-range strike from Cox before Ryan Strachan blazed over from the edge of the box.

Berwick Rangers stated to get into the game as Steve Notman was just off target with a glancing header. It was Peterhead that was to make the early dominance count on 25 minutes when Scott McLaughlin stroked the ball into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards out, for his first goal since the opening day of the season, after McAllister neatly turned two defenders on the edge of the box to create the required space.

Rory McAllister was only a fraction away from doubling the tally early in the second half, shaving the bar with a free kick from 20 yards, and then Martin Bavidge split the home defence with a super cross only to find there were no takers. However, Berwick fought their way back into the game and just before the hour mark Graeme Smith let a Dean Hoskins corner slip from his grasp and Lavery pounced to sweep the loose ball home.

However Graeme Smith was to make amends minutes later when only a great fingertip save prevented Lavery adding another with a blistering 30-yarder as Berwick began to take the upper hand but time ran out with both teams having to settle for a share of the points.

Berwick: Bejaoui, Jacobs, Townsley, Brydon, Hoskins, Gray (O'Brien 90), Notman, Janczyk, McDonald, Lavery (Morris 90), Ferguson (McLaren 76).

Subs Not Used: Sandison, McLean.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Ross Smith, Strachan, Scott Ross, Redman, Cowie, Cox, McLaughlin, Noble, McAllister (Winters 90), Bavidge (McCann 76).

Subs Not Used: Jarvie, Deasley, Maguire.

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  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

Peterhead’s local derby with Elgin beat the snap freezing conditions as the Buchan area was covered in a blanket of snow, the determined efforts of ground staff, directors, volunteers and even player’s family’s ensured that Balmoor was declared playable. A small band of 225 hardy supporters braved the freezing temperatures where champions league football on the telly might have been more appealing to others.

The midweek game came courtesy of Elgin’s Scottish Cup match versus Rangers at Ibrox, so Elgin returned to league business hard on the heels of that fruitless trip to Glasgow but with hopes of jumping over Rangers into top spot in the table, if they could overcome Peterhead’s unbeaten home record this season. Rory McAllister returned to the Peterhead starting line up in after his bout of illness in an otherwise unchanged side, Graeme Smith making his home debut as the Toon looked to bounce back from defeat to Montrose.

It was Rory McAllister that was to make the game’s first impact, a long ball from Ross Smith, fell inside the Elgin full back and Rory used his strength to ease him off the ball and sprint to the edge of the box, where his curved shot went just past the far post. Elgin then were the next to threaten when Daniel Moore beat two Peterhead defenders to swing a dangerous cross into the Peterhead box, however there were no takers as the ball slipped by for a goal kick.

On the twenty minute mark Peterhead took the game by the scruff of the neck, with superb linking play between David Cox and Jamie Redman exchanging a series of passes on the right hand side, before creating space to slip the ball to McLaughlin and his rasping shot was turned round the post by Elgin’s Gibson, on-loan from Dundee. Peterhead were not to be denied and on 23 minutes Robbie Winters picked up a loose ball from Elgin’s defence, he played in David Cox, who turned the ball back to Noble who charged into the box, but fooled everyone with a disguised pass to David Cox, who curved his shot past Gibson from 12 yards, for his first goal for the toon.

This stung Elgin into action, however the Blue Toon restricted them to set pieces and long range shots, however there was a glorious chance right on the half time whistle when Scott Ross lose the ball in mid-flight and the ball fell to the feet of former Peterhead Player Craig Gunn, he fired in a crisp effort that was well saved by the feet of Graeme Smith.

The second half started in a similar fashion with Elgin pressing and it was on 60 minutes, a soft free kick that was to be Peterhead’s undoing, lack marking at the Daniel Moore floated ball to the back post saw Stuart Leslie unmarked and his half volley gave Graeme Smith no chance. It was Peterhead’s turn to react and again the long ball caught out Elgin, this time from Strachan, finding McAllister, however this time his shot was across the keeper and past the post.

Martin Bavidge came on to strengthen the Toon upfront and he linked well with Noble, who fired a dangerous cross that McAlister met full on with the header well saved by Gibson. The best chances to win the game however fell to Elgin’s Leslie, first a penetrating ball from Nicolson spilt the Peterhead defence and put Leslie clean through, the effort well saved by Smith and again the Peterhead Keeper denied Leslie from close range as he wriggled through three defenders challenges.  

Peterhead – G Smith, Cowie, Noble, R.Smith, Strachan, Ross, Redman, Cox (Deasley 78), McAllister, Winters (Bavidge 61), McLaughlin. Subs not used – Jarvie, Alexander, Tully.

Elgin City – Gibson, Niven, McMullan (Millar 87), Crighton, Duff, Cameron (Harkins 80), Gunn (Wyness 75), O'Donoghue, Leslie, Nicolson, Moore. Subs not used – Black, Beveridge.

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Elgin City 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

Jim McInally will have plenty of reason to be frustrated after watching his team throw away a two-goal lead to allow struggling Stirling Albion a share of the points.

In truth the Binos did enough to show that they are in a false position, but the Blue Toon boss will be disappointed to have dropped points at home, when Balmoor has been such a stronghold this term.

There were three changes to the side that had lost at the hands of East Stirling a week earlier. Ross Smith had impressed as a substitute and he replaced Ryan Harding, who has returned to Alloa after his spell on-loan.

Dave Ross made his first appearance of the campaign in midfield, taking the place of Jamie Redman who was injured against the Shire, and Martin Bavidge started in place of Stephen Maguire.

Bavidge was involved in an early chance, as he flicked on a Steven Noble cross for Rory McAllister, the Blue Toon's top scorer seeing his header loop onto the crossbar.

The front pairing linked up again five minutes later after Gary Thom could only clear as far as McAllister. He brought the ball down and slipped a neat ball to Bavidge who got enough on his shot to find the bottom corner of the net, despite Sam Filler getting a hand to the effort.

On-loan Falkirk striker Jordan White, with his physical presence, was a threat, and he headed his first real chance over the crossbar. A minute later, he was involved again as he flicked Ross McGeachie's ball on to Scott Davidson, but the striker sent the ball wide of the upright.

The Binos were in the hunt for a leveller and Jamie McCunnie was presented an opportunity when Smith failed to get an purchase on his clearing header, but McCunnie snatched at his shot and left Paul Jarvie with an easy save.

But Peterhead were left mystified when Bryan Deasley broke the Stirling offside trap and raced towards goal, only to be brought down on the edge of the box by a combination of Filler and Steven Day.

Unbelievably, referee Gary Hilland deemed the ex-Dundee man to have dived and showed him a yellow card.

That was quickly forgotten though, with the Toon doubling their lead before the half-hour. Filler did well to turn Graeme Sharp's angled drive wide of the post and from Ryan Strachan's resultant corner, Smith peeled off White and headed home his first goal of the season.

It could have been 3-0 just moments later,  a McAllister shot looping up off Thom and palmed over by Filler before McLaughlin could take advantage.

Cruelly, that was immediately punished. Graham Weir slipped a pass to Day on the left, and he pulled back for White to bundle the ball home at the near post. Game on.

The perfect placement of Scott Ross on the line denied Davidson a quick-fire leveller, and Smith was quick to close down the danger as White threatened to lash home the loose ball.

That brought a frantic period of play to an end and the game settled back down, much to the relief of both dugouts.

Blue Toon keeper Paul Jarvie was forced off at the interval, to be replaced by Marc McCallum, and although the on-loan Dundee United man was left with relatively little to do, Peterhead couldn't hold out.

That said, they could have been 3-1 up midway through the half. McLaughlin's ball into the area seemed to come off substitute Robbie Winters' hand, but play continued and McAllister, having done the hard part with a neat turn, sent a 15-yard shot well wide.

Stirling now looked the better side in possession, though, and when Day's 83rd minute cross was flicked on at the near post by White, sub Josh Flood sent an excellent left-foot volley beyond the helpless McCallum.

There was a final chance for Peterhead to take the points with a couple of minutes remaining, McAllister's cross from the left just evading Winters, before Bavidge turned over from Day's clearing header.

It was another frustrating day at the office for the Blue Toon who now have to pick themselves up for the trip to Ibrox.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie (Marc McCallum, 46), Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ross Smith, Scott Ross, Ryan Strachan (Dean Cowie, 69), Dave Ross (Robbie Winters, 61), Bryan Deasley, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Stephen Maguire, Darren Kelly.

STIRLING ALBION: Sam Filler, Ross McGeachie (Josh Flood, 77), Steven Day, Jamie McCunnie, Kieran McAnespie, Gary Thom, Graham Weir, Daly McSorley, Scott Davidson, David McClune (Mark Ferry, 82), Jordan White. Subs not used: Jamie Clark, Gary Brass, Mark Peat (gk).

Attendance: 508.

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
Sun 11 Nov 2012

Rangers 2 Peterhead 0

Peterhead may not have left Ibrox with any points, but there were plenty of positives for The Blue Toon to take out of their visit to Govan.

A goal just before half-time from Lee McCulloch and a second from Lee Wallace earned Ally McCoist’s side victory, but there was plenty of credit for the tight and stuffy way Peterhead played.

Still missing captain Callum Macdonald, Jim McInally was able to welcome Dean Cowie and Jamie Redman back into the midfield as he set his men out in a 5-4-1 formation. Also starting was loan signing David Cox, who has joined from Alloa Athletic.

There were six full internationals in the Gers starting eleven, but Peterhead could have been in front within the opening five minutes.

Rory McAllister gambled to get in behind the home defence as Dave Ross challenged Ian Black for an aerial ball, and when the Rangers man misplaced his header back, the striker was left with just Neil Alexander to beat.

Linesman Raymond White was caught out by Black’s touch and raised his flag but was correctly over-ruled by Craig Charleston, leaving McAllister to wheel away in anguish as he lifted the ball over the keeper and off the crossbar.

Cox was first to the rebound and, although he was forced wide, did well to twist and turn to find the space to angle a cross-cum-shot which Neil Alexander palmed out from under the bar.

It was a marker for how Peterhead were approaching the game, and McAllister again should have done better when he rose to head a Ryan Strachan free-kick over the bar two minutes later.

Rangers had dominated the possession thus far but Peterhead’s sturdy defence kept them from registering a shot on target until Dean Shiels 11th minute strike was held by goalkeeper Marc McCallum.

The home side were poised to seize upon any mistakes in the home defence, though, and Black sent a 25-yard shot whistling wide after Scott Ross could only half-clear a cross.

And McCallum was relieved to see the ball fizz past his left-hand upright midway through the first half, Andy Little having plucked an Anestis Argyriou cross out of the air before hitting a superb effort on the turn.

Home skipper Lee McCulloch sent a frustrated effort over the bar as Peterhead continued to force Ally McCoist’s men to play in front of them, but McCallum was soon called into action again, palming away a free-kick from Black.

There was another moment of relief in the Rangers defence when former Celtic man Ryan Strachan delivered a wicked free-kick from the left, which evaded the leap of Alexander and crashed back off the bar.

Cox was impressing with an energetic display on the right of midfield, but the former Kilmarnock man left his side in trouble when his short pass-back was picked up by Little. The striker looked set to open the scoring, but McCallum spread his giant frame to turn the ball away for a corner.

The home fans had already appealed, rather optimistically, for a penalty when they thought Scott Ross had handled a cross he actually brought down on his chest, but there was more substance to a second claim six minutes before the interval.

Ross was again involved, but could do nothing to move his arms out the way from Little’s touch, and quite rightly Charleston again waved play on.

The official was having a good game, and two minutes later pulled the play back for a Rangers free-kick after Scott McLaughlin’s challenge was just enough to make Shiels stumble and lose any advantage he may have otherwise gained.

From the free-kick, McCulloch struck the wall and the ball spun away for a corner from which he would enjoy greater success.

The former Wigan Athletic man peeled away from Scott Ross as Black delivered the ball from the left, and guided a header across goal and into the far corner of the net.

It was a bitter blow for Peterhead to concede so close to the break, especially having done so much to frustrate their hosts up to that point.

And the blow obviously hit them hard as they came close to conceding a quick-fire second, losing the ball from the kick off and allowing the home side to ease through before Little hit wide.

There was time for Redman to send a left-footed effort over the bar before the half-time break, but it was clear the Blue Toon needed to regroup.

While McInally set to work in the dressing room, 500 members of the various armed forces were allowed to roam free on the Ibrox pitch having been invited by Rangers to take part in their Remembrance Sunday celebrations.

Before the match a minute silence, marked at either end by the firing of an artillery gun, had been impeccably observed by the 48, 407 crowd, and an impressive display involving both sets of fans paid tribute to those who have died in conflict.

The half-time festivities dispensed with, there was more of the same in terms of on-pitch action. The home side had much of the possession but were restricted largely to shots from distance, with Scott Ross and Ross Smith in particular doing much to repel the Rangers attacks.

It started to get a bit scrappy in the midfield, with Cowie going into the book, quickly followed by McCulloch and then Black.

McCulloch’s booking was earned for a foul on McAllister, and presented the Blue Toon with a chance to remind Rangers that there were two teams in this game.

That’s exactly what they did; Strachan again delivered from the left, McAllister found himself free in the area, but will have been disappointed to have headed straight at the goalkeeper.

Passing up such a chance was to prove costly, though you would have to say the second Rangers bore a resemblance to a goal scored by Charlie Mulgrew of Celtic earlier in the season.

Dave Ross was penalised for blocking off Wallace on the left and from the resultant free kick, Black played a pass back into a space quickly filled by Wallace, who peeled away from McAllister to run right across the penalty area fire home at the near post. As the ball hit the net, you sensed it was game over.

Peterhead remained stoic, though, and there were only a couple of chances for Rangers to extend their lead. Shiels was involved in both, firstly sending a shot wide of the upright after making space for himself.

Shiels turned provider with eight minutes remaining, working an opening on the right and unselfishly cutting back for substitute Kal Naismith, only to see the young hitman draw a fine save from the on-loan Dundee United goalkeeper McCallum.

RANGERS: Neil Alexander, Anestis Argyriou, Chris Hegarty, Andy Little (Kal Naismith, 68), Lee Wallace, Lee McCulloch, Robbie Crawford (Fraser Aird, 80), Ian Black (Kyle Hutton, 72), Dean Shiels, Lewis McLeod, Barrie McKay. Subs not used: Kamil Witorski, Scott Gallacher (gk).

Booked: McCulloch, Black.

PETERHEAD: Marc McCallum, Dave Ross, Steven Noble, Ross Smith, Scott Ross, Ryan Strachan, Dean Cowie (Bryan Deasley, 61), Jamie Redman (Martin Bavidge, 73), Rory McAllister, David Cox (Robbie Winters, 80), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Stephen Maguire, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cowie, Deasley.

Attendance: 48, 407

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  • Home Team Rangers 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead's recent run of miserable away form continued as the ten-man Blue Toon went down to East Stirlingshire, despite Rory McAllister's penalty giving them an early lead.

The former Brechin City striker found the net after just 77 seconds, but a double from Shire captain Kevin Turner put the home side in front, before Scott Ross was somewhat harshly sent off for the second time this season.

The Blue Toon were without captain Callum Macdonald and midfielder Dean Cowie through injury, but Martin Bavidge was fit enough to return to the bench after missing the win over Berwick. Bryan Deasley and Graeme Sharp came into the starting eleven.

And they couldn't have got off to a better start. Sharp's ball down the right channel found McAllister, who was wrestled to the ground by Steven Jackson right in front of the linesman.

Referee Gavin Ross, who took change of the infamous defeat to Elgin City earlier in the season, pointed to the spot after his linesman flagged for the foul, and McAllister typically made no mistake from 12 yards.

Peterhead had scored a similarly early goal on their last visit to Ochilview and went on to lose 6-3, though, so there was more work to be done.

It was the home side, though, who bounced back quickly and hauled their way back into the match.

Turner looked a genuine threat, and was twice denied by Paul Jarvie in the Peterhead goal, while another effort was narrowly wide of the post during a lively opening half-hour.

The striker finally got his reward after 32 minutes. Ryan Harding's clearance from a corner was sent back with interest by Ricky Miller, and Turner took the ball into his feet beautifully, before turning and dispatching beyond Jarvie.

The home side were well on top by now, and Peterhead's hopes were dented when the energetic Jamie Redman was forced off with an injury sustained in a wild challenge from Shire midfielder Sean Kelly which saw the home man go into the book.

Martin Bavidge replaced Redman, but it was McAllister who had the next chance for the Toon, his angled shot beaten away by Hay.

The scores remained level at the interval, but Shire were in front just six minutes into the second half. Turner got the better of Harding 20 yards out, before unleashing a curling left-foot strike that was beyond the grasp of the full-stretch Jarvie.

Six minutes later, Peterhead were reduced to ten men as referee Gavin Ross deemed a tackle from namesake Scott worthy of a straight red card, although Shire boss John Coughlin would later admit he felt the challenge was worthy only of a booking.

Stephen Maguire was sacrificed to allow Ross Smith to come on in defence, and the on-loan Dundee United man showed the kind of hunger that was sadly lacking from his team-mates, demanding the ball and trying to take it forward at any opportunity.

The Blue Toon did improve, and Sharp was unlucky to see his left-foot shot come back off the crossbar, Bavidge seeing his follow-up cleared off the line by Miller.

Bavidge came close again with just over 10 minutes remaining, his low volley deflected away for a corner following a Ryan Strachan knock-back.

And the striker turned provider for fellow sub Darren Kelly with four minutes remaining, the ex-Shire man denied only by a fantastic reflex save from goalkeeper Grant Hay.

In the end, though, the Blue Toon were beaten by the better team, and will be looking for a much improved performance when they host Stirling Albion on Saturday.

EAST SIRLING: Grant Hay, Craig Hume, Nathan Shepherd, Ricky Miller, Steven Jackson, Sean Kelly, Jamie McKernon, Michael Hunter, Kevin Turner (Mark Begg, 89), Paul Quinn (David Greenhill, 76), Scott Maxwell. Subs not used: Kyle Gillespie, Jamie Glasgow, Craig Gordon (gk).

Booked: Kelly, Hunter.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan Harding, Scott Ross, Bryan Deasley, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman (Martin Bavidge, 38), Rory McAllister (Darren Kelly, 72), Stephen Maguire (Ross Smith, 59), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Robbie Winters, Marc McCallum (gk).

Booked: Strachan, Deasley, Noble. Sent off: Ross.

Attendance: 296

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Stirling 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Substitute Stephen Maguire bagged his first Peterhead goal with 13 minutes to go as the Blue Toon arrested their recent slump in form to claim victory over Berwick Rangers.

It was hard going, though, with the visitors having two goals chopped off in the dying stages.

Dean Cowie and Martin Bavidge both dropped out through injury following the humiliating Scottish Cup defeat to Deveronvale, both having taken ankle knocks, while Maguire had dropped to the bench.

Scott Ross returned from suspension, and Ryan Strachan from having his tonsils removed, while Robbie Winters took the place of Bavidge.

It was Ian Little’s Wee Rangers side who created the better chances in the first period, though perhaps not as many as their play deserved.

Paul Jarvie was called into action for the first time when Lee Currie’s cross found Chris Townsley at the back post. The centre-back headed powerfully from point-blank range, forcing the goalkeeper into a fine save.

And Jarvie was the Blue Toon hero again on the half-hour when he charged off his line to deny Stuart Noble following a short headed-passback from Ross.

The Blue Toon had been struggling to create anything in front of goal, long balls out of defence struggling to find either Winters or Rory McAllister.

But three minutes from the interval, the latter brought down a diagonal pass from Ross on the edge of the area, before seeing his effort claimed at the second attempt by Berwick keeper Youssef Bejaoui.

Peterhead did improve after the interval, but could have found themselves behind when Kevin McDonald’s angled strike flashed just beyond Jarvie’s left-hand upright.

McAllister had another chance shortly after weaving into the box following Callum Macdonald’s pass. The striker slipped, though, as he pulled the trigger, leaving Bejaoui with a simple save at his near post.

The prolific striker was becoming more and more threatening, and his cross from the left was narrowly over the head of Winters just after the hour mark.

Two minutes later, McAllister seized on Devon Jacobs’ misjudgement to put the Berwick goal under further pressure, but a combination of defender Douglas Bryden and goalkeeper Bejaoui saw the ball turned over the bar.

The breakthrough finally came after 77 minutes. Steven Noble win the ball in midfield and sent substitute Bryan Deasley haring away down the left. He crossed low, with McAllister’s step-over leaving Maguire the simplest of tap-ins.

Berwick thought they had levelled ten minutes later when Fraser McLaren tapped home, but Steven Notman was penalised for his challenge on Jarvie in the lead-up to the goal.

Two minutes later, Notman’s cross was flicked on by Damon Geilty for Dean Hoskins to bundle home at the back post, but Hoskins had strayed into an offside position and again the effort was ruled out.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Ross Smith (Bryan Deasley, 56), Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Harding, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Darren Kelly, 86), Robbie Winters (Stephen Maguire, 69), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Jake Fitzgerald, Marc McCallum (gk).

Booked: Redman.

BERWICK RANGERS: Youssef Bejaoui, Devon Jacobs, Dean Hoskins, Douglas Bryden, Chris Townsley, Lee Currie (Damon Geilty, 81), Steven Notman, Neil Janczyk, Stuart Noble (Darren Lavery, 59), Phillip Addison (Fraser McLaren, 59), Kevin McDonald. Subs not used: Andy McLean, Ian McCaldon (gk)

Booked: Hoskins.

Attendance: 455

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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