PETERHEAD defeated Highland League opposition for the third time in eight days with a win over Kris Hunter’s Turriff United.
A strange game at The Haughs was in store after Turriff lined up wearing red training kit, their white strips already packed for a trip to face St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, and the blue alternative clashing with Peterhead’s shirts.
Peterhead didn’t let their opponent’s choice of kit put them off though, and Martin Bavidge was heavily involved early on, slicing a shot over from Rory McAllister’s pass after two minutes, then having another shot saved a minute later.
But it was a scrappy affair, and it wasn’t until the 20th minute that Aaron Conway’s free kick from the saw Jamie Redman head over.
But that sparked Peterhead back into life. Bavidge combined well with Dennis Wyness before firing over again, and then Davie Donald, pushing forward from left-back dragged an effort across the face of goal.
And they took a deserved lead after 32 minutes, hitting Turriff quickly on the break. Bavidge fed a ball over the defence which McAllister latched onto, before skipping past Craig Dorrat and drilling a low shot into the far corner of the net.
Turriff’s only real chance of the first half came when Dorrat picked out a trialist on the edge of the box, the striker turning well, and forcing Neil Duffy into a smart low stop.
Peterhead continued to press after the interval, and Callum Macdonald was unlucky to head wide from a Conway corner.
A patient build-up from another corner allowed McAllister to play in Bavidge, but the striker saw his powerful left-foot volley beaten away by goalkeeper Grant Pennet, who was well placed but really didn’t know a lot about the effort.
McAllister again showed he’s more than just a goalscorer when his superb cross-field pass found Conway on the right.
The former Livingston and Dundee man cut inside and linked with Bavidge before his left-footed half-volley was deflected into the bottom corner.
Sub Graeme Sharp picked out PA Bruce with ten minutes remaining and the striker set himself well, but saw Pennet hold his low strike at the second attempt.
Turriff’s Don Fraser rattled the Blue Toon crossbar with a free kick that looked more of a cross than a shot, but John Sheran’s side held on to a record that has not even seen them concede a goal through pre-season.
Davidson, Donald, Sellars, Macdonald, Redman,
Wyness, McBain, McAllister, Bavidge, Conway. Subs: Sharp, D. Ross, Strachan, S.Ross, Young, Bruce,