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A first-half Martin Bavidge double eased Peterhead beyond the challenge of Highland League leaders Nairn County and into Round Three of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It was a first win for new boss Jim McInally, who is already starting to make his mark on the Blue Toon side.

McInally opted for a 3-4-1-2 system, which saw Scott Ross come into the defence alongside Callum Macdonald and Gary Wood.

Jamie Redman returned from injury to partner Ryan Strachan in the centre of midfield, while Davie Donald and Bryan Deasley filled the wide positions.

Dennis Wyness started behind a front two of Martin Bavidge and Rory McAllister.

But Nairn started brightly, and former Blue Toon man Conor Gethins, starting despite picking up a groin strain on league business the week before, flashed an early effort across the face of goal.

However, Peterhead settled into the game quickly, and took the lead after 12 minutes. Deasley was the creator with a jinking run into the area, and he stood the ball up for Bavidge who could hardly fail to head home from close range.

A long ball out of defence from Ross saw McAllister work a chance shortly after, but from 20 yards his effort was held well by visiting goalkeeper Callum Donaldson.

But after 25 minutes, it was 2-0. Wyness slipped Donald in with a fine pass, and the former Aberdeen man bravely slid into retain possession with Donaldson bearing down on him, and squared for Bavidge to stroke home from 12 yards.

It was comfortable now for Peterhead, and McAllister tried his luck from a tight angle wide on the left, missing the target by just inches moments after half-time.

Strachan also came close with a 20-yard free kick which had Donaldson beaten but crashed back off the crossbar.

Still the Blue Toon pressed in search of a killer third goal, and defender Scott Ross had two shots from range in quick succession, both of which forced Donaldson to save.

Les Fridge’s side had hardly threatened, but gave it a go in the final ten minutes, and were unlucky not to pull one back with ten minutes remaining.

A corner from the right was cleared as far as substitute Gregg Main, and his spectacular 20-yard effort was pushed away by the fingertips of Raymond Jellema, the goalkeeper having been restored to the starting eleven.

PETERHEAD: Jellema, Donald, Deasley, Wood, Macdonald, Redman, Wyness (Sharp, 64), Strachan, McAllister, Bavidge (D. Ross, 77), S. Ross. Subs not used: Sellars, Davidson, Jarvie (gk)

Attendance: 625

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Nairn County 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

The task ahead of new Peterhead manager Jim McInally will have become a little clearer to the former Morton and East Stirling boss after Stranraer comfortably took the points on his debut in the Blue Toon dugout.

McInally had taken charge of a bounce game against Brechin City during the week and had seen enough from makeshift centre-half Gary Wood that he pitched the on-loan Ross County striker into the same role in this game, while midfielder Paul Watson stepped in at left-back.

Bryan Deasley was restored the left flank, while Ryan Strachan joined Barry Sellars in the middle of the park.

And Peterhead had an early chance, though Rory McAllister dragged his low shot wide of the near post from the edge of the penalty area.

But the fragile home defence was breached after just 12 minutes. Chris Aitken's corner found defender Frank McKeown unchallenged in the middle of the penalty area, and he didn't even have to jump to head his side in front.

And Keith Knox's side could have doubled their lead soon after. Sean Winter picked out Grant Gallagher with a pass, and the winger opened his foot up well but shot narrowly over the bar.

Chances at either end were scarce at this point, but Martin Bavidge seemed caught in two minds about what to do as he chased onto a clipped Sellars pass just before the half-hour. In the end he opted to pass, but failed to find Deasley.

And six minutes before the interval, Peterhead were punished again. Watson and Callum Macdonald could only half-clear a ball from the left between them, and when the latter's clearance fell to Stephen Stirling, he fired a 20-yard shot into the net.

McInally changed things with the introduction of Scott Ross to the midfield and Alan Rattray to the defence, and to their credit, Peterhead began to get closer to their opposition.

Indeed, they pulled a goal back midway through the second half, McAllister heading home a Deasley corner to give his side a chance.

The good work was almost undone immediately as Stranraer sub Michael Moore was allowed to head narrowly wide just two minutes later, but Peterhead were to have their best spell over the next ten minutes.

They could have been level after Bavidge worked space to clip a ball towards the back post, but Deasley's diving header flew tamely across the face of goal.

Moore had another chance to make the points safe when he turned on a Gallagher pass, only to see his effort palmed away by Paul Jarvie, but the striker finally got on the scoresheet in the final minute when, looping a header beyond Jarvie from another Gallagher cross.

PETERHEAD: Jarvie, Donald, Watson (Rattray 55), Strachan, Wood, Macdonald, Conway (Ross 55), Bavidge, McAllister, Sellars (Wyness 66), Deasley. Subs not used: Davidson, Jellema (gk). Booked: Strachan, Wood, Macdonald, Bavidge, Rattray, Ross.

STRANRAER: David Mitchell, Kane, Noble, Taggart, McKeown, Aitken (Danny Mitchell 58), Gallagher, Stirling, Malcolm, Grehan (Moore 65), Winter. Subs not used: McColm, Shephard, Marshall (gk). Booked: Moore.

Attendance: 405

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stranraer 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Fri 11 Nov 2011

Montrose 2 Peterhead 1

Blue Toon keeper Paul Jarvie will want to forget this game after his unfortunate error helped Montrose come from behind to beat the Blue Toon.

Jarvie allowed the ball to slip from his grasp on the greasy artificial pitch at Links Park, and Sean Pierce took advantage to set up Martin Boyle for the winning goal after 66 minutes.

The Blue Toon had taken the lead through Rory McAllister after just 11 minutes, but Pierce had also provided the leveller for midfielder Terry Masson just before the interval.

Still without a permanent manager following the departure of John Sheran, Charlie Duncan was again in the dugout with senior players Barry Sellars and Martin Bavidge assisting from the pitch.

The Peterhead side was unchanged from that which had drawn with Queen's Park a week earlier, only the second time this term the same side had started consecutive matches.

That statistic may provide a clue as to the uncertainty around the club at the moment, but that was a distant memory as the Blue Toon took the lead early on.

Aaron Conway found McAllister with a lofted ball down the channel, and the former Brechin man worked space for himself in the area before powering a right foot shot past Montrose goalkeeper Michael Andrews.

Montrose rallied, and Peterhead had Jarvie to thank for a fine save from lively striker Martin Boyle's angled effort after 17 minutes, and from former Blue Toon man Dougie Cameron's corner, the goalkeeper dived superbly to block Jonathon Smart's powerful header.

Peterhead could have doubled their lead when Conway's free kick from the right found the head of McAllister, but the striker saw his effort come back off the upright. The loose ball fell back to the feet of the striker, but he failed to keep his second effort down.

But the home side drew level four minutes before half-time. Pierce drove down the right flank and pulled the ball back across goal for Masson, who arrived in the area to lash past Jarvie to level the scores.

Ryan Strachan came on at the interval in place of Sellars, and his midfield partner Scott Ross threatened twice in the space of a minute early in the second half.

But as the rain began to fall, it was the home side who suddenly looked more comfortable. Indeed, Boyle's persistence saw him get the better of Callum Macdonald after 61 minutes, but his shot found only the side netting.

That was a warning shot for what was to come five minutes later. Jarvie came off his line to smother what seemed a harmless ball down the channel, but the ball squirmed out of his grasp and allowed Pierce to square for his strike partner who gratefully accepted the gift.

Such an error was symptomatic of Peterhead's luck over the last year or so, and coming after his saves had kept the Blue Toon in front in the first half, spoiled what had until that point been a good afternoon's work for the goalkeeper.

The Blue Toon never really recovered from that and despite throwing on strikers Dave Ross and Garry Wood with 15 minutes remaining, Andrews was not put under any further pressure.

With two weeks before their next game due to the international break, Peterhead will hope an appointment can be made to the manager's post in order to steady the ship and begin the recovery from what has been a nightmare start to the season.

MONTROSE: Michael Andrews, Paul Lunan, Dougie Cameron, Jonathon Smart, Alan Campbell, Jamie Winter, Stephen McNally, Terry Masson, Martin Boyle, Sean Pierce, Steven McPhee (Scott Johnston,  82). Subs not used: Jonathan Crawford, Sean Crighton, Sean Kelly, Sandy Wood (gk).

Booked: Lunan.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Callum Macdonald, Jamie Bishop, Scott Ross, Graeme Sharp (Dave Ross, 74), Barry Sellars (Ryan Strachan, 46), Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Aaron Conway (Garry Wood, 74). Subs not used: Dennis Wyness, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Donald, S.Ross.

Attendance: 359

Additional Info

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

A resilient Blue Toon team came from a goal down to earn a point against Queen's Park at Balmoor.

Less than 24 hours after the club announced the departure of John Sheran, experienced striker Martin Bavidge teamed up with former Fraserburgh boss Charlie Duncan, now part of the Youth & Community department at Balmoor, to lead the team against the Spiders, who have been a bogey side for the Blue Toon over the years.

And their selection may have raised a few eyebrows, with five changes made. Perhaps the most surprising was the return of Paul Jarvie, making his first start of the season, in place of Raymond Jellema.

Striker Garry Wood dropped to the bench, while Roy McBain, Jamie Redman and Bryan Deasley all dropped out through injury.

There was a late change to the starting eleven as Alan Rattray, initially selected in place of McBain at left-back, pulled up in the warm-up, to be replaced by Lewis Davidson.

But despite the changes, Gardner Speirs' side had goalkeeper Neil Parry to thank for keeping the scores level after just eleven seconds. The Spiders kicked the match off and angled a ball out to the left wing, but Davie Donald nodded away.

Aaron Conway picked up the loose ball and sent a fine pass up the inside-right channel for Rory McAllister, who steadied himself only for Parry to block his effort.

It was to be an entertaining affair, and the Amateurs responded with a Martin McBride free kick which clipped the outside of the post after a Barry Sellars' foul.

Peterhead threatened again when a Conway corner was headed towards goal by Callum Macdonald, only for Ricky Little to clear. The ball came back to Macdonald who lifted a pass to Rory McAllister at the back post, but he was off target with his acrobatic effort.

Back came the visitors, and they even had the ball in the net as Peterhead finally got some of the luck they've been missing over the last eighteen months.

David Anderson's ball into the box seemed to be handled by Jamie Bishop, but drew no response from referee Mat Northcroft. The ball broke to Michael Daly who saw his ball across goal turned in by David Murray, only for the winger's effort to be ruled out by the linesman's flag.

Anderson himself was denied from the edge of the box as the Spiders worked the ball in from the right flank, but the midfielder saw Jarvie comfortably hold his effort.

Peterhead might have had a penalty of their own as McAllister was seemingly hauled to the ground by Little, and shortly afterward, Bavidge slipped in Scott Ross who saw his shot well saved by Parry.

As the home side continued to press, McAllister picked out Davidson in the area, but the young full-back blazed over.

Just before the interval, Murray chased down McBride's deflected shot, and shot from a narrow angle, but Jarvie reacted quickly to smother the effort.

But the goalkeeper was beaten seven minutes into the second half. McBride swung a superb ball in to the back post, where Ian Watt barely had to jump to nod through the legs of Jarvie and into the net.

Where Peterhead have so often crumbled this season, they instead pushed forward in search of a leveller.

Davidson's cross from the left just after the hour was met by Bavidge, but his header looped over the crossbar.

But the left flank was to provide the goal.  Bishop lofted a ball to Sharp, who cut inside onto his favoured right foot and picked out McAllister with a fine cross.

The striker saw his brave diving header saved, but Bavidge was well placed to force the ball over the line, despite the challenge of James Brough.

It could have been in vain as, within a minute, Jamie Longworth saw his snap-shot beat Jarvie but crashed back off the upright.

But Peterhead pushed forward again and a move started by Scott Ross, who grew into his midfield role, saw Sharp cross for Bavidge, but his header was comfortable for Parry.

The goalkeeper was tested again with 81 minutes on the clock. Sharp's diagonal pass found McAllister who cut back for a diving header by substitute Dave Ross, but Parry parried away the effort and Brough completed the clearance.

In the final minute, a long ball from Peter Bradley saw substitute Craig Smith seem to outpace Davidson, but as the striker took aim at Jarvie's goal, the defender got across well to clear for a corner.

It may not have been a win for the Blue Toon, but there were certainly positive signs as the hunt for a manager who can revive seemingly flagging promotion hopes begins.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Callum Macdonald, Jamie Bishop, Scott Ross (Ryan Strachan, 79), Graeme Sharp, Barry Sellars, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 79), Aaron Conway (Dave Ross, 60). Subs not used: Garry Wood, Raymond Jellema (gk).

QUEEN'S PARK: Neil Parry, Paul McGinn, Peter Bradley, Ricky Little, James Brough, Martin McBride, Ian Watt (Craig Smith, 84), David Anderson, Michael Daly (Tony Quinn, 90), Jamie Longworth, David Murray (Sean Burns, 79). Subs no used: Paul Gallacher, Adam Strain (gk).

Attendance: 478.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Queen's Park 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

The Blue Toon remain pointless after two league games, but there were positive signs for John Sheran's men despite a second defeat to Annan Athletic in a matter of days.

The Borderers came out on top in the midweek Ramsdens Cup meeting, but both sides made changes ahead of the first Third Division match at Balmoor since 2005.

Barry Sellars returned to the Peterhead lineup in place of Lewis Davidson, while the visitors made six changes to the side that had won 4-2 in midweek. One of those missing out was former Peterhead man Bryan Gilfillan, who was suspended.

In a tactical change, Roy McBain started in midfield for Peterhead, with Paul Watson reverting to left-back.

And it seemed so promising for Peterhead when they took the lead after just eight minutes. Craig Summersgill, the Annan goalkeeper, came charging off his line but failed to claim the ball, and Bryan Deasley was on hand to turn and chip home from the edge of the area.

Martin Bavidge could have made it 2-0 six minutes later, but he saw his near-post header turned round the post by the former Gretna goalkeeper.

But for all Peterhead's good work in the opening stages, defensive frailties cost them an equaliser. Peter Watson's throw-in was poorly defended, and Annan's teenage midfielder Jordan McKechnie fired in from the edge of the area, claiming his first senior goal.

Peterhead could have been back in front when Bavidge worked space and found strike partner Rory McAllister but the former Brechin man, still adapting to life at Balmoor saw his effort loop up and Summersgill gratefully claimed.

But the Blue Toon were back in front five minutes before the interval. The returning Sellars found former Forfar team-mate Deasley with a ball out of defence, and the goalscorer turned provider for McAllister, who swept home from six yards.

So far so good, but poor defending again led to an equaliser five minutes after the break. David Cox was given far too much room to cross from the left, and McKechnie got in at the front post to turn home his second of the afternoon.

Watson came close to putting Harry Cairney's side in front when he headed a Steven Sloan cross over from close range, but Peterhead broke and only a fine save from Summersgill denied McAllister.

But it was the visitors who were to go in front, with 18 minutes left. Roy McBain brought down the lively Sloan and Ian Harty, who had bagged a hat-trick in midweek, found the top corner from the penalty spot.

That seemed to spark life back into the home side, who looked like they were capable of drawing level. Indeed, another Sellars ball out of defence set McAllister free, and the hitman was unlucky to see his effort come back off the upright.

Sellars himself saw a long range strike saved in injury-time, but the visitors held on to secure a win which sees them top the table at this early stage, as the only side to have won both league games.

PETERHEAD: Neil Duffy, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Callum Macdonald, Jamie Redman, Aaron Conway (Graeme Sharp, 74), Paul Watson (Dave Ross, 81), Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 77), Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Scott Ross, Lewis Davidson.

Booked: McAllister.

ANNAN ATHLETIC: Craig Summersgill, Peter Watson, Michael McGowan, Scott Gibson, Andy Aitken, Jordan McKechnie, Steven Sloan, Chris Jardine, Ian Harty, Sean O'Connor (Graeme Bell, 37), David Cox. Subs not used: Jack Steele, Andrew Forsyth, Jordy Atkinson, Alex Mitchell (gk).

Booked: McKechnie.

Attendance: 448

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan Athletic 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead finally kick-started their season with a deserved, if at times nervy, victory over East Stirlingshire.

Bryan Deasley and Rory McAllister were both on the scoresheet for the second successive game, as John Sheran's side recorded their first Division Three victory in six years, against the same opponents as their last win at this level.

Martin Bavidge was the only survivor from the May 2005 meeting, and he started in an attack-minded Blue Toon lineup, that included four strikers, and four changes from the side that had lost out to Annan last week.

Goalkeeper Neil Duffy, club captain Callum Macdonald and winger Aaron Conway all dropped to the bench, with midfielder Paul Watson dropping out completely as Raymond Jellema, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson and Dave Ross returned to the starting eleven.

John Coughlin's Shire side had be as drastically reshaped as the Peterhead side over the summer, but they were quickly on the attack, and Jordyn Sheerin saw his header come off the outside of the post, Jellema looking less concerned than perhaps he might have about the effort.

Predictably Peterhead looked dangerous going forward, and their first chance fell to Barry Sellars who saw his free-kick go wide of the target after a foul on Ross.

McAllister, as ever, was looking sharp with the ball at his feet, but the former Brechin man will admit he should have done better when he shot straight at Calum Antell just before the quarter-hour.

The hitman's work-rate and unselfish play are perhaps overshadowed by his scoring rate but his exchange of passes with Deasley saw the former Dundee forward, having cut in from the left, hit narrowly wide of the near post.

There was concern at the other end of the park, though, as Ally Love blocked a Sellars clearance and homed in on goal, only the intervention of Rattray denying the winger an effort at goal.

And Rattray earned his wages again when he provided the cover to block after Sheerin had turned Sellars.

Jamie Redman shot over after McAllister had knocked a Roy McBain pass into his path, but it would not be long before Peterhead opened the scoring.

Bavidge's ball picked our McAllister who sidestepped Antell, but as the ball threatened to roll out of the striker's reach, Deasley stepped in to fire home.

If there was any expectation the goal would open the floodgates, Shire dispelled those thoughts as they came out fired up after the restart, and David Cane saw his header come back off the bar just two minutes in.

But Peterhead were quickly back in the groove. Redman hit over from a McAllister pass, and a minute later the striker saw his header from Deasley's pass brilliantly turned over by Antell.

The hero could have quickly turned to villain as an Antell clearance was charged down by McAllister, but the goalkeeper recovered before Deasley could pounce.

Peterhead finally doubled their advantage after 68 minutes. A Deasley corner pinballed around the penalty area as the hosts failed to clear their lines, and after Redman was fouled by Scott Beveridge, McAllister stepped up to net from the spot.

Within a minute, Ross was denied by a block having been played in by McAllister, but it would be Shire who finished the game strongly, and were unlucky not to grab consolation when Cane saw another header strike the bar.

The Blue Toon held firm though, and recorded a first win in 90 minutes this term. More important as far as John Sheran will be concerned though, are the three points which belatedly get his side off the mark.

EAST STIRLING: Calum Antell, Iain Chisholm, Ryan Frances, David Cane, Stuart Beveridge, Michael Hunter, Scott Maxwell, Andy Stirling, Joe Savage (Kevin Turner, 72), Jordyn Sheerin (Alex Lurinsky, 72), Ally Love (Nico Gibson, 72). Subs not used: Fraser Team, Gavin Sorley (gk).

Booked: Chisholm, Hunter.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson, Dave Ross,

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Stirlingshire 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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