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Mon 28 Jan 2013

Peterhead 0 Rangers 1

Rangers were missing captain Lee McCulloch through an ankle injury, the visitors made just one change to the side that had beaten Berwick Rangers handsomely, with Ian Black returning to the side in place of Dean Shiels, having completed a one-match suspension. Peterhead made two changes from the side that had lined up at the National Stadium, with David Cox and Rory McAllister coming in for Robbie Winters and Martin Bavidge.

In freezing conditions a record Balmoor crowd of 4,855 saw Peterhead started brightly and after just four minutes it was Peterhead who were first to threaten. Dean Cowie was fouled in the midfield and Ryan Strachan’s teasing free-kick delivery was met by Scott Ross with Neil Alexander in the Rangers goal doing well diving low to his left to turn away the header.

Alexander was certainly the busier keeper in the opening stages but on 13 minutes referee Mike Tumilty had to issue the first yellow card of the game to Ryan McCann who showed a bit too much enthusiasm when he produced a late challenge on Templeton. As expected the Blue Toon were well organised and worked exceptionally hard and Rangers looked for Templeton to provide a spark in the last third of the pitch.

But before the half hour mark it was Rangers stand-in skipper Lee Wallace that was the architect for the Rangers’ goal, his powerful, low shot from 20 yards was spilled by Smith and Sandaza was there to fire his shot high into the net with the keeper grounded.

On 36 minutes Peterhead looked to respond and after strong forward play from Rory McAllister he teed up David Cox who fizzed a shot across goal but wide of target. It was a good period of play from the toon and when Cox floated a corner kick to the back post Ross Smith’s net bound header was blocked on the line when he should have scored.

The Blue Toon started the second half brightly, too, as Cox squeezed out Black on the touchline and cut inside before flashing a left-footed effort over the crossbar. There was more of an edge to proceedings early in the second period, with Dean Cowie putting in a couple of typically robust challenges which seemed to unsettle the Rangers players. Referee Mike Tumilty had his yellow card out again shortly before the hour mark as Rory McAllister went into the book for a foul on Wallace and Strachan swiftly became the third player booked.

The visitors were starting to gain a territorial advantage and came close when Lewis McLeod's cross found the head of Chris Hegarty at the back post but his header failed to trouble Smith. Peterhead's task was made much harder after 65 minutes when Rory McAllister was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area, and received a second booking, reducing his side to 10 men.

The home side had certainly been more physical in the early stages of the second half but they will have been disappointed to lose their main goal threat so softly.

Kyle Hutton became the first Rangers player to be booked, after a foul on Cowie, with 15 minutes to go and that came as the home side began to find their way back into the game. Rangers could have sealed the points with five minutes remaining. McLeod `s clever reverse pass found Templeton in acres of space on the 18-yard line, but the former Hearts man sent his effort wide of the upright.

Peterhead were determined to battle for everything, though, and that was evidenced as Ross Smith became the fifth Blue Toon player to pick a up a booking - the central defender throwing himself into a challenge midway inside the Rangers half. In injury time, Alexander was forced to turn a Cox corner over his own crossbar but Peterhead could not find an equaliser that few would have begrudged them.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Cowie (Winters 79), Noble, Ross, Smith, Strachan (Sharp 74), Cox, Redman, McAllister, McLaughlin, McCann (Bavidge 57). SUBS: Maguire, Jarvie.

BOOKED: McCann, McAllister, Strachan, Ross, Smith
SENT OFF: McAllister

RANGERS: Alexander; Hegarty, Cribari, Perry, Wallace; Hutton; Little, Black (Crawford 66), Macleod, Templeton; Sandaza (McKay 81). SUBS: Gallacher, Faure, Shiels   .

Bookings: Hutton

REFEREE: Mike Tumilty

ATTD: 4,855

There was a twenty minute delay to the kick off as the bus carrying players to the match broke down, the unusual thing was it was the home team that was affected, the Glasgow based Peterhead players became stranded south of Stonehaven and alternative transport was arranged. So it was a relived Jim McInally that was able to send out an unchanged side for only the second time this season, Ryan McCann and Bryan Deasley being joined on the bench by Stephen Maquire and Robbie Winters.

It was a clod day at Balmoor and no sign of the fierce storm that had lashed the town the night before, however whether it was the delay in arriving or the weather Peterhead started the game poorly. Annan had the best chance to open the scoring when failure to clear the line’s effectively, meant that Annan Attacker Andrew Donnelly was one on one with Graeme Smith, fortunately for the Blue Toon, he slipped his effort just past the post.

This seemed to spark a response from Peterhead and Galabankies goalkeeper Alex Mitchell needed to be alert after 16 minutes to beat away Steven Noble's goal bound effort. Scott McLaughlin had sight of goal seven minutes later, but was unable to hit the target with a curling strike from the edge of the area. However both teams were cancelling each other out to great effect and although Peterhead were enjoying greater possession, no real clear chances were being created.

The second half started with no changes to either team, but Peterhead looked to have more purposes about them, former Annan player David Cox being in the thick of the action and he was to have the first chance of the second half, after 52 minutes, when under pressure from the Annan defence he fired over the bar from close range.

Peterhead finally made the breakthrough after the ball was played out to Jamie Redman and his teasing cross was perfectly placed between the Annan Keeper and defence, who both delayed coming for the ball and Rory McAllister slid in at the back post to force the ball over the line, for the striker’s seventh league goal of the season.

Peterhead were now on top and looked to get the killer second goal, a long ball over the Annan defence saw Martin Bavidge power past his marker into the box, before sidestepping back inside him to get onto his favoured foot and the sharp shot forced a great save down low by the keeper. It was Stephen Nobles turn next to have a shot saved after good work from David Cox saw him drawing the Annan defence and slipping the ball into Stig’s path.

Rory McAllister almost doubled his tally in the game, hitting the post from six yards in the 79th minute. However it only took another five minutes for the Blue Toon to double theirs when Martin Bavidge found the top corner, after Good work on the right hand side with Noble and Cox, the ball was played into Bavidge’s feet and he superbly spun his marker, firing past the keeper from 14 yards.

Jim McInally was delighted with the teams second half showing, “ We deserved the win today, after getting the goals we played with a freedom and quality and saw the game out really well, we have battled and played well against Elgin and Berwick, the players understand that you have to earn the right to play with freedom, winning the tackles and the second balls. However you can see the belief is coming back into the side.”

Goalkeeper Neil Duffy returned to the first-team squad as Raymond Jellema was working offshore and Paul Jarvie was a major doubt with a hip problem. Paul played the game but all his goal kicks were taken by Callum MacDonald.

David Ross continues to be missing with a knock and Ryan Strachan also missed out due to injury with, Graham Sharp is in Australia it was Craig Tully that filled the centre midfield slot and Bryan Deasley returning after playing in a behind-closed-doors game against Aberdeen.

Peterhead were on the front foot from the start. McAllister threatened on seven minutes when he got on the end of a Jamie Redman cross and fired just over. The on form striker went even closer on 22 minutes when David Donald swung the ball in from the right and he lunged out a leg to divert the ball on to the bar. Stranraer finally created an opening on 26 minutes when Frank McKeown launched the ball forward but Craig Malcolm smashed his effort high and wide.

Then, on 30 minutes, Nathan Shepherd wriggled free inside the box but Scott Ross made a superb last-ditch block. Stranraer were playing some nice passing football, but the direct approach paid off for the Blue Toon on 34 minutes.

Rory McAllister ran on to a long ball from Bryan Deasley before rounding David Mitchell and slotting home, to notch a strike for the fourth game in a row. Moore got on the end of a Chris Aitken free-kick five minutes after the restart, but he was denied by Paul Jarvie. It was the only time the Bloo Toon keeper was tested.

Peterhead got the second they deserved on 74 minutes, when Rory McAllister broke forward and smashed a right-foot shot in from the edge of the box. Roy McBain was superb all day and got a well-deserved goal with a tap-in nine minutes from time after good work from Martin Bavidge.

Peterhead still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four but are six points adrift with three games left and boss McInally said: “I thought we would do well today because we needed to win. Rory McAllister said: “Nobody could grudge us a play-off place the way we’ve been playing since Christmas, but I think we let ourselves down at the start of the season. We’re proving that now with the way we’re beating teams. Now we can’t do anything but win our games. If we get there great, but if we don’t it’s our own fault. We’ll just look forward to next season.”

Tue 17 Apr 2012

Peterhead 2 Montrose 1

Peterhead created the first opening in the third minute when Martin Bavidge got free of the Montrose defence but he fired in a shot which Andrews saved before Lunan cleared the rebound. Seconds later Jonathan Crawford picked up the first booking of the match for a stud up challenge on McDonald.

The Bloo Toon almost took the lead in the fifth minute when a cross from Roy McBain was headed on by Bavidge for full back Donald to net at the far post but the flag was quickly raised to signal off side. Montrose then won a free kick when Johnston was fouled on the edge of the area but from twenty five yards out Jamie Winter’s low shot went into the arms of keeper Ray Jellema.

It was Peterhead who opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Donald was allowed loads of space down the right and he fired over the perfect cross for Rory McAllister who powered home a header from six yards out. Montrose had a good chance to equalise in the 13th minute. Boyle turned his man and found Johnston inside the box and his low cross come shot was just missed by the inrushing Boyle who had continued his run at the far post.

Peterhead where forced into a change in the 16th minute when Ryan Strachan was injured and he was replaced by on loan Dundee midfielder Graham Webster. In the 24th minute a pass from Jamie Winter found the gap and put Martin Boyle through on goal but he was fouled by Scott Ross, who was booked but resultant free kick was blasted the kick over the crossbar.

On the half hour mark Peterhead went close to a second goal when another cross from Donald found the head of McAllister but this time the top scorer headed over the crossbar. With five minutes of an entertaining first half left to play Montrose were awarded another free kick after Peterhead captain Callum McDonald fouled Johnston. Winter played the ball into the box but Crighton headed over the crossbar.

In the opening sixty seconds of second half Cameron was again caught out down the left when he missed a tackle but David Donald could only shot into the arms of Andrews. The match was all square in the 54th minute when Montrose equalised. After some pressure Peterhead failed to clear the ball and this allowed Johnston into the area and he did well to reach the byeline before he cut the ball back for the former Bloo Toon Player Crawford who blasted the ball home from close range.

In the 62nd minute, Montrose went close to taking the lead, a long throw in from McNally found Jamie Winter some 20 yards out and he took aim before sending a low effort inches wide of the far post with Jellema beaten. Peterhead made their second change of the afternoon and it was a strange one taking of Webster who had only come on in the first half and he was replaced by Shaun Robertson.

In the 64th minute, Peterhead regained the lead when Davie Donald won the ball off Dougie Cameron on the touchline and found Russell Duncan who fired in a shot from twenty yards out the keeper couldn’t hold and Rory McAllister was onto it in a flash and turned and chipped the ball into the empty net.

McAllister was sniffing about for a hat trick and with 77 minutes gone he raced up the left wing and into the box before firing across goal, but Crighton was on hand to cut out the cross and put the ball out for a corner kick. Four minutes later the home side were awarded a free kick when Lunan fouled McAllister, the striker took the kick himself but Andrews pulled off a great save to kept the ball out. In the final seconds of the match Montrose won a corner kick and sent everybody forward but the corner bounced around the penalty area and was eventually cleared by the home defence.

Peterhead can perhaps count themselves unfortunate to still be searching for a first league win under Jim McInally, despite returning from Stranraer with nothing.

Bryan Deasley had given the Blue Toon the lead just before the hour mark, but Stranraer substitute Michael Moore levelled matters ten minutes from time, and Stephen Stirling added a second in injury time to complete the turnaround.

Deasley had started up front alongside Rory McAllister, with Martin Bavidge dropping to the bench and Graeme Sharp coming in on the flank, the only change McInally made to the team that had been denied victory at Queen’s Park a fortnight ago thanks to another late goal.

Sharp and Deasley had combined to create the first chance after nine minutes, the latter heading narrowly wide of the target as Peterhead took the game to their hosts.

Callum Macdonald saw a header come back off the crossbar, but the home side came into things and Raymond Jellema was forced into action to turn a Craig Malcolm shot round the post, after Martin Grehan had flicked on a long ball.

Stranraer defender Frank McKeown, who scored in the fixture between the sides at Balmoor earlier in the season, headed wide from the resultant corner.

And McKeown came close again, as his stunning strike forced Jellema to push over.

The sides were level at the interval, but Deasley opened the scoring just before the hour with a well-worked strike.

His pass had seen McAllister home in on goal, only for the Blue Toon’s top scorer to see his shot palmed away by home goalkeeper Ryan Marshall. The ball fell to Jamie Redman, but his cross was headed behind for a corner.

Deasley took a short corner, exchanging passes with Dave Ross before finding the angle for a shot which curled in at the far post, though Redman may claim a touch as the ball whizzed over his head.

McAllister passed up an opportunity to make the points safe, before Moore levelled matters, creating space inside the area to fire into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

It looked like the Blue Toon would at least hold on for a point, until they were cruelly undone in injury time.

Jellema’s goal kick was won in the midfield by John Kane, and he lifted a ball deep into Peterhead territory. Moore flicked on, and Stirling was perfectly placed to fire home from 20 yards.

It was a cruel defeat for the Blue Toon who remain bottom of the table ahead of Tuesday night’s rearranged match at home to Berwick Rangers.

STRANRAER: Ryan Marshall, Scott Taggart, Steven Noble, David McGregor, Frank McKeown, John Kane, Sean Winter (Michael Moore, 67), Stephen Stirling, Craig Malcolm, Martin Grehan, Stuart McColm. Subs not used: Grant Gallagher, Shepherd, Dean Agnew, David Mitchell (gk).

Booked: McColm.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Dennis Wyness, 80), Bryan Deasley (Martin Bavidge, 65), Graeme Sharp (Shaun Robertson, 86). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: McBain, Redman.

Attendance: 290.

The team could have been forgiven for letting thoughts of the Scottish Cup and Celtic after the team bus rolled into Hampden, however it is the bread and butter of the league results that Jim McInally will be judged on. The rain was relentless and it was bitterly cold but the blue toon almost made a hot start.

Martin Bavidge’s first touch was to nutmeg Meggatt as he drove in from the right, but his cross was cleared for a corner and again showed how dangerous he can be with a strong turn in the box five minutes later, holding off McGinn and firing in a low shot that was deflected for a corner. Queen’s Park were making chances also with a free header from a McBride corner straight at Jellema, followed up with the McGinn cutting inside and feeding Longworth on the edge of the box, where the striker turned and fired a low shot which the Jellema took low down

Peterhead responded four minutes later with Dave Ross forcing the spiders’ keeper to palm a shot from 20 yards over the bar. The keeper was beaten from the corner as Bavidge again rose first only to head onto the top of the bar and over. Peterhead were exerting some pressure now, Deasley had a shot blocked for a corner and it took a fine stretching clearance by Little to prevent Bavidge getting in again after a nice through pass by Strachan.

Queens reacted and started to get back into the game, Roy McBain was booked for pulling back Watt and Callum MacDonald had to dive full length to head over his own bar and prevent the resulting free kick reaching the queens striker. Queen's won a second corner and there was an almighty scramble in the Peterhead box as first Meggatt and then Watt couldn't connect properly with shots before the danger was cleared. Peterhead suffered a blow when Davie Donald had to go off in 37 minutes with a knock to his ribs, with Graeme Sharp coming on.

Peterhead came out determined for the second half and it paid rewards into the second half, Queens’s defender Little's awkward attempt at a headed back-pass went for a corner. The kick was cleared, but only out to Ryan Strachan and his whipped cross found Rory McAllister who headed high into the net.

Rory should have made it two up for the toon when he rounded Queens’s keeper Parry and then shot into the side net. The referee was alone in thinking the game was boiling over as he booked Strachan, Scott Ross, Deasley and Bavidge in quick succession, the blue toon fans were struggling to remember a bad challenge in the match.

Queens were now on top and they came so close to an equaliser, with having two shots cleared off the line with Jellema beaten. Murray skipped into the box on the left to win yet another corner but again McBride's delivery found a Toon head and was cleared. On 71 minutes Queens equalised McGinn got past first Ross after a nice one-two and then glided past MacDonald as he got to the by-line and his cutback was swept behind Jellema by Murray.

The fussy referee found five additional minutes and queens could have won it in the last minute, the queens striker played a one two on the edge of the box to find himself unmarked 10 yards in front of goal, put the effort wide.

There was bad news for the toon at the final whistle when news of East Stirlingshire’s victory over Annan, had pushed the toon to the bottom of Scottish league football. Jim McInally needs to get the team back to winning ways soon where it matters; the cup match will take care of itself.

Peterhead under 19’s team travelled again to West Lothian on Sunday to play their delayed match in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup. The match on the 13th had been delayed previously when the Peterhead under 19’s bus broke down on the journey down to West Lothian.

Unfortunately the Peterhead young guns exited out of the competition against a very good Livingston under 17’s side, the young Livi lions have only been defeated once this season. Peterhead under 19’s team had comfortably defeated the Broch in the previous round three nil but Livingston was a different proposition.

The sides met at Albyn Park in Broxburn and home advantage told with Livingston running out 5-1 winners. There was no disgrace for the young Peterhead team who delivered a spirited display.

Peterhead went in front on twelve minutes and a shock looked on the cards, however the Peterhead resistance was broken on 28 minutes with a low angled shot from the edge of the box. Livingston took the lead 6 minutes later when a speculative effort from Gray from distance beat the Blue Toon keeper.

Livingston stepped up a gear in the second half and Livingston’s Gray added his second and third goals of the match on 47 and 69 minutes. The scoring was completed in 74 minutes but the match was a valuable learning experience for the young Buchan side.

Peterhead fell to defeat against Banks o' Dee in a controversial Aberdeenshire League match at Balmoor last night.

The Blue Toon led thanks to Jamie McLauchlan's 7th minute goal, flicked in by the youngster after Conor Legge and Dane Ballard had both flicked on a Paul Jarvie goal kick.

But midfielder Paul Watson was sent off for a frustrated swipe at fresh air which referee Thomas Shaw deemed an act of violent conduct after half an hour, and from the resultant free-kick the visitors levelled.

Ballard had already been subsituted by this point, and Peterhead were forced to use the second of their two substitutes when Ewen Morgan was stretchered off ten minutes from the break.

The Blue Toon were reduced to nine men when Barry Sellars was deemed to have brought down a Dee player in the area, though the award looked soft and the punishment harsh.

The resultant penalty was converted and worse was to follow as Legge was forced off with a knock, leaving the Blue Toon with just eight men - before half-time!

Kevin Will's side netted twice in the second half to lead 4-1, but Paul Campbell thumped home a stunner from 25 yards with two minutes left to bring a some respectability to the scoreline.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Lewis Davidson, Roy McBain, Ewen Morgan (Greg Alexander, 35), Matt Fraser, Barry Sellars, Graeme Sharp, Paul Watson, Conor Legge, Jamie McLauchlan, Dane Ballard (Paul Campbell, 24).

Inverurie Locos made life tough for Peterhead, but it was Jim McInally’s men who eventually won through to round four of the William Hill Scottish Cup, as the Blue Toon edged a six-goal thriller at Harlaw Park.

Strikes from Jamie Redman and Martin Bavidge seemed to have the game killed off after just 22 minutes, but Steven Park pulled one back for the hosts.

Callum Macdonald restored the two-goal advantage but Neil McLean hit back again for the home side who battled hard in a bid to level the scores, before Rory McAllister’s stunning free kick eventually killed off their hopes.

There was one change to the side that had drawn with Alloa last week, Bavidge returning to the starting eleven in place of Dennis Wyness after recovering from an ankle injury.

The Blue Toon were first out of the traps and Bryan Deasley sent an early shot wide of the target.

But goalkeeper Raymond Jellema spared his side’s blushes in the fifth minute as Locos co-manager Kenny Coull exchanged passes with Keith Thomson before the full-back saw his low shot turned round the post by the ex-Alloa custodian.

Deasley again hit wide before Peterhead took the lead in the 18th minute. Jamie Redman did the hard work, turning on Davie Donald’s pass and ghosting past three challenges before Thomson’s attempted clearance came back off Redman’s foot and found the back of the net.

And they were quick to double their advantage. Deasley took a short corner to Ryan Strachan and from the return pass the winger got into the area and cut back for McAllister who saw his shot blocked.

Dave Ross took a swing at it, but it was Bavidge who got the final touch, spinning quickly to fire home from close range.

If Peterhead thought they were home and dry, that notion was quickly removed as Steven Park rose to head home John Maitland’s corner at the back post just two minutes later, and it was game on again.

Jellema had to be at his best to turn away McLean’s effort ten minutes before the break as Locos hunted for a leveller, but Peterhead restored their two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time.

The lively Deasley was again involved, his corner this time flicked on by Ross at the near post, and Macdonald rose highest to head home at the back post.

Again the Locos hit back, and again Peterhead were undone by a corner. Maitland was allowed to take a short kick to Craig Ross who crossed for Park. His header was punched away by Jellema, but fell nicely for McLean to lash home from 15 yards.

Once more the Highland League side took heart from their goal and they could have been level when Andy Reid’s free kick bounced all the way through to Neil Gauld, who saw his header flash inches wide of the post.

A minute later, Gauld’s free kick was only just wide of the other post as Locos took the game to their Third Division opponents, but they were to be hit with a cruel sucker punch.

McAllister won a free kick wide on the left and took it himself, unexpectedly curling a superb effort into the net from a tight angle.

That was to cement Peterhead’s place in the next round, but if Jim McInally is looking for his men to use this win as a building block towards improving their league form, then he will be disappointed that a replay between his side’s next two opponents, Elgin City and Queen’s Park, means the trip to Borough Briggs will now be postponed.

INVERURIE LOCOS: Andy Reid, Keith Thomson, Simon Scott, Scott Begg, Steven Park, Ryan Broadhurst, Craig Ross (Jamie Michie, 81), Neil McLean, Kenny Coull (Jack Strachan, 74), Neil Gauld (Marc Young, 81), John Maitland. Subs not used: Kieran Adams, Chris Ainslie (gk)

Booked: Begg, Park.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson (Dennis Wyness, 78), Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan (Roy McBain, 68), Bryan Deasley, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Graeme Sharp, 81), Martin Bavidge, Dave Ross. Subs not used: Paul Watson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Macdonald, Strachan.

Attendance: 998

The Blue Toon's improved form of late continued as they showed a battling spirit to grind out a point against high-flying Alloa Athletic.

Both sides were tipped to be closely matched at the sharp end of the league following relegation and subsequently overhauling their squads in the summer.

But after a close cup encounter at the start of the season, which Peterhead eventually won on penalties, their seasons have differed dramatically.

The Blue Toon lie just two points off the bottom of the table and recently replaced John Sheran with Jim McInally, while Paul Hartley has moulded an attractive Wasps side who sit second in the table.

The early part of McInally's reign at Balmoor has been spent trying to eradicate defensive errors which have blighted the side over the past 18 months, and there are signs his influence is starting to pay off as his men already look harder to beat.

That said, they had suffered defeat to leaders Annan Athletic in midweek, and there was one change to the side which had played that game, as Paul Watson dropped to the bench to be replaced by Lewis Davidson.

And the Blue Toon had an early sight of goal, but Dennis Wyness was unlucky to see his effort from close range blocked on the line.

It was Hartley's side, though, who would take of the first half, and veteran hitman Robbie Winters, perhaps inspired by Kenny Miller's Scotland goal on Friday night, pulled down a long ball after 11 minutes, only to see his quick lob drop over the crossbar.
Winters' captain and former Aberdeen team-mate Darren Young pulled a shot wide from the edge of the box, but it was midfield partner Ryan McCord who came closest to breaking the deadlock.

On the half-hour, he curled in a free kick from the left wing which evaded everyone and looked to be heading towards the top corner of the net, before Peterhead's former Wasps' keeper Raymond Jellema palmed the ball to safety.

The keeper was helpless when McCord tried his luck again from 25 yards three minutes before the interval, looking on as the former Dundee United man's effort crashed back off the crossbar.

Peterhead improved, after the interval, and a neat interchange between Rory McAllister and Bryan Deasley saw the former Dundee winger shuffle the ball onto his left foot before curling wide.
Alloa responded as Winters pulled out onto the right flank to orchestrate a move involving Ross McCord and Graeme Holmes, who found Kevin Cawley with his low cross, but the former Celtic man struck over the bar.

Peterhead had by now replaced Wyness with Martin Bavidge, and the striker posed a fresh problem for the Wasps defence who had previously looked solid.

The added aerial presence of Bavidge was evident as he got in to put goalkeeper Craig McDowall under pressure from a Davidson cross. The experienced hitman flicked the ball away from the keeper, but Dave Ross was unable to turn the ball home left-footed.

Peterhead were now looking much more comfortable in possession and perhaps even looked the more likely to open the scoring when they were hit with a cruel sucker punch.
Alloa substitute Armand One used his imposing physique to out-jump Bavidge at the near post, turning home Ryan McCord's corner at the near post with just shy of 15 minutes remaining.

Just a few weeks ago, that would have seen Peterhead buckle, but not so now. Instead they pushed forward in search of an equaliser, and that was rewarded.

McAllister won a corner down the Peterhead right, and Deasley's inswinging delivery put McDowall under pressure, the goalkeeper punching the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear the danger.

That sealed what was a deserved share of the points for McInally's men, and though they now have to put their improved defending together with the attacking prowess shown earlier in the season, the result will be a boost ahead of next Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup trip to Inverurie Locos.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Ryan Strachan, Callum Macdonald, Scott Ross, Dennis Wyness (Martin Bavidge, 64), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Bryan Deasley, Dave Ross. Subs not used: Paul Watson, Roy McBain, Shaun Robertson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Scott Ross.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Craig McDowall, Mark McCullagh, James Doyle, Ben Gordon, Ryan Harding, Darren Young, Ross McCord (Mark Docherty, 64), Ryan McCord, Robbie Winters (Armand One, 67), Graeme Holmes, Kevin Cawley (Max Wright, 86). Subs not used: Craig Campbell, Scott Bain (gk).

Booked: Ryan McCord, Ryan Harding.

Referee: Mat Northcroft.

Attendance: 528

Fri 11 Nov 2011

Peterhead 0 Clyde 0

There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Peterhead as they recorded a second consecutive clean sheet to draw with ten-man Clyde.

Despite a squad so ravaged by injuries that an unfit Roy McBain sat on the bench alongside U19 players Shaun Robertson and Ewen Morgan, Jim McInally's men defended resolutely to battle out a 0-0 draw with Jim Duffy's side.

Garry Wood and Martin Bavidge were the latest additions to the injury list and their places were taken by Lewis Davidson and Dave Ross, the only changes from the side that had beaten Nairn County in the cup a fortnight ago.

And they were put under pressure early on by Clyde, with Raymond Jellema pleased to see John Neil head a Paul Hay cross wide when he really should have done better after just seven minutes.

The former Alloa goalkeeper kept the scores level when he spread himself to block from Steph McDonald after the striker had pulled down Declan Gallagher's long ball out of defence.

But still Clyde pushed forward, and after a Neil free-kick was blocked by Rory McAllister, John Sweeney saw his ambitious 30-yard effort deflect away for a corner.

It was 39 minutes in before Peterhead got a first sight of goal, Bryan Deasley exchanging passes with Ryan Strachan before seeing his left-foot shot blocked by the head of Lee Sharp.

Although Clyde could have opened the scoring through Gallagher shortly after the interval, it was clear Peterhead were determined to pose more of a threat, although their efforts were not helped by McAllister taking knocks to an ankle and then his head in quick succession.

He was forced off just after the hour to make way for Robertson, by which point Peterhead had begun to edge their way into the match as an attacking force.

Strachan saw an effort deflect tamely into the arms of Clyde's former Manchester City goalkeeper Filip Mentel, before Davie Donald hit high and wide on a foray forward down the right.

One of Robertson's first involvements was to play in Lewis Davidson, with the local lad slicing an effort narrowly over the crossbar.

But it was a neat move down the right which saw Peterhead create their best chance.Donald linked up with Dennis Wyness, and though the full-back's cross was cut out, the clearance fell to Wyness who stung the palms of Mentel. Still the danger wasn't cleared until Deasley had a low shot blocked.

And Deasley would be involved again as Clyde were reduced to ten men with five minutes remaining.

Hay had already been booked for a foul on Jamie Redman when he hauled back Deasley on the edge of the area, and referee Andrew Dallas was left with no alternative but to flash a second yellow.

Deasley's free kick was blocked by the wall, and the Blue Toon failed to capitalise on their extra man in the dying minutes, but will be happy to have earned a point.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Ryan Strachan, Callum Macdonald, Scott Ross, Dennis Wyness, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Shaun Robertson, 62), Bryan Deasley, Dave Ross. Subs not used: Paul Watson, Roy McBain, Ewen Morgan, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Deasley, Macdonald, Strachan, McAllister.

CLYDE: Filip Mentel, Iain Gray, Lee Sharp, Declan Gallagher, Brian McQueen, Paul Hay, John Neil, John Sweeney, Steph McDonald (Mark Archdeacon, 73), Liam Cusack, Michael Oliver (Pat Scullion, 76). Subs not used: Kris Irvine, Jack Sloss, Barry McCue (gk).

Booked: Gallagher, Hay. Sent off: Hay.

Referee: Andrew Dallas.

Attendance: 517

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

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

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

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.

PETERHEAD - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE THIRD DIVISION Sat Jul 27 Ramsdens Cup 1 Sat Aug 3 S.F.L. Cup 1 Sat Aug 10 Annan Athletic H Wed Aug 14 England v. Scotland (Friendly) Sat Aug 17 Stirling Albion A Wed Aug 21 Ramsdens Cup 2 Sat Aug 24 Elgin City H Wed Aug 28 S.F.L. Cup 2 Sat Aug 31 East Stirlingshire A Fri Sep 6 Scotland v. Belgium Sat Sep 7 Ramsdens Cup 3 Tue Sep 10 Macedonia v. Scotland Sat Sep 14 Queen's Park H S.F.A. Cup 1 Sat Sep 21 Montrose A Wed Sep 25 S.F.L. Cup 3 Sat Sep 28 Albion Rovers A Sat Oct 5 S.F.A. Cup 2 Sat Oct 12 Clyde H Sun Oct 13 Ramdens Cup Semi-Final Tue Oct 15 Scotland v. Croatia Sat Oct 19 Annan Athletic A Sat Oct 26 Berwick Rangers H Wed Oct 30 S.F.L. Cup 4 Sat Nov 2 S.F.A. Cup 3 Sat Nov 9 Elgin City A Sat Nov 16 East Stirlingshire H Sat Nov 23 Queen's Park A Sat Nov 30 Montrose H S.F.A. Cup 4 Sat Dec 7 Clyde A Sat Dec 14 Albion Rovers H Thu Dec 26 Stirling Albion H Boxing Day Sat Dec 28 Berwick Rangers A Thu Jan 2 Elgin City H Sat Jan 11 East Stirlingshire A Sat Jan 18 Montrose A Sat Jan 25 Queen's Park H Sat Feb 1 Annan Athletic H Sun Feb 2 S.F.L. Cup Semi-Final Sat Feb 8 Stirling Albion A S.F.A. Cup 5 Sat Feb 15 Clyde H Sat Feb 22 Albion Rovers A Sat Mar 1 East Stirlingshire H Sat Mar 8 Elgin City A S.F.A. Cup 6 Sat Mar 15 Berwick Rangers H Sun Mar 16 S.F.L. Cup Final Sat Mar 22 Annan Athletic A Sat Mar 29 Queen's Park A Sat Apr 5 Montrose H Sun Apr 6 Ramsdens Cup Final Sat Apr 12 Clyde A S.F.A. Cup Semi-Final Sat Apr 19 Albion Rovers H Sat Apr 26 Stirling Albion H Sat May 3 Berwick Rangers A Wed May 7 S.F.L. Play-Off Semi-Final (1) Sat May 10 S.F.L. Play-Off Semi-Final (2) Wed May 14 S.F.L. Play-Off Final (1) Sat May 17 S.F.A. Cup Final Sun May 19 S.F.L. Play-Off Final (2) Fixtures are subject to change. Compiled in association with Atos.

Wed 05 Dec 2012

Interview: Ross Jack

Sat 17 Nov 2012

Post-Match: Jim Duffy

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