Form continues

PETERHEAD V CLYDE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH DAVID COX WHO PROVIDED THE CROSS

PETERHEAD V CLYDE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH DAVID COX WHO PROVIDED THE CROSS

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Peterhead’s remarkable vein of form continued with their seventh consecutive victory.

An Andy Rodgers double and a Rory McAllister penalty saw the Blue Toon comfortably dispose of a youthful Clyde team depleted by injuries.

Those seven games have seen 22 goals scored and just the one conceded. Form, had it kicked in earlier on the season, would surely have seen the Rangers title celebrations kept on ice a bit longer.

This was another assured performance, nothing spectacular but a victory achieved in a profession manner with the only criticism being that the score line should have been by a bigger margin.

The Clyde ranks were decimated by injury and their pacy youngsters looked like causing problems but the Blue Toon rearguard rarely broke sweat and their proud defensive record continues.

A flurry of early corners promised much but it was 18 minutes before the first chance, David Cox teeing up Rodgers who failed to make the most of his 8 yard header.

Rodgers had another good chance five minutes later when Peterhead broke forward. Clyde Keeper Jamie Barclay could only punch as far as the striker but his shot flew over.

As half time approached it looked like the players would troop off to a blank scoreline, but a minute before the break the deadlock was broken.

Dean Cowie controlled a bouncing ball on the right side of the area before crossing to the back post for Rodgers to volley the opener.

The Blue Toon showed their appetite with a rapid start to the second half, stretching their lead with just three minutes gone. Cox was the creator showing great determination on the left touchline to win a lost cause before crossing onto the head of Rodgers to nod his brace from close range.

The points were sewn up after 69 minutes. Jamie Redman threaded a lovely through ball forward from his own half which McAllister hared after pursued by Steven Bronsky.

The full back looked to have made the perfect challenge getting a toe to the ball but McAllister went flying, Bronsky was red carded for allegedly denying a goal scoring opportunity and McAllister picked himself up, dusted himself down and made an immaculate job from the penalty spot sending Barclay t e wrong way.

Rodgers had chances to get the match ball but despite his double, his eye wasn’t in and shots flew high or wide.

On Saturday it’s a trip to Hampden to face Queens Park for what looks like being the first of three times in the space of a week with the sides set to meet one another in the play-off semi-finals.

PETERHEAD: G. Smith, Sharp, Noble, Ross, R. Smith, Cowie, Cox (McCann 52), Redman, McAllister (McGlinchey 72), Rodgers, Strachan (Gilfillan 65) Subs (unused): Jarvie, Fitzgerald.

Attendance: 560.