Toon fight back to snatch a draw

PETERHEAD V STENHOUSEMUIR'(DUNCAN BROWN)''STENHOUSEMUIR'S WILLIAM LYLE GETS TO GRIPS WITH PETERHEAD'S GRAEME SHARP
PETERHEAD V STENHOUSEMUIR'(DUNCAN BROWN)''STENHOUSEMUIR'S WILLIAM LYLE GETS TO GRIPS WITH PETERHEAD'S GRAEME SHARP

PETERHEAD fought back from two goals down to snatch a draw and end a chaotic 24-hour period that saw Neale Cooper leave the club, John Sheran arrive and Bobby Mann take temporary charge of this match.

This was a game the Blue Toon really had to win to give themselves a realistic chance of avoiding bottom spot but in the end a point probably felt like a victory.

With the home side trailing by two goals, it took a save by Jon Bateman to stop them falling further behind but back Peterhead fought showing a sprit that will be needed in abundance if a play-off spot is to be achieved.

Yet the outcome could have been so different, as has been the case so often this season, if chances had been taken.

After 14 minutes Neil McVitie played a long diagonal pass to Martin Bavidge but his shot was finger tipped over by Alastair Brow in the visitor’s goal.

Three minutes later another great ball forward by McVitie sent Graeme Sharp racing into the penalty area but his shot went agonisingly wide of the far post and a great chance had slipped by.

Predictably these misses were punished. First a quickly taken free kick by the visitors Trialist, Brian Gilmour from the half way line was allowed to bounce three times in the home penalty area before Grant Anderson lashed the ball into the bottom corner.

Six minutes before half time a route one clearance by Brown was headed back rather than away by Scott Ross straight into the path of Anderson who scored from close in and the Peterhead task looked distinctly uphill.

However, two minutes later it was game on as Bavidge head flicked on a Daniel Moore corner from the left and Dennis Wyness lofted a header over Brown.

Bavidge saw a shot saved by the foot of Brown at the post in the 58th minute but it was all square three minutes later. Following a Paul Emslie free kick, Scott Ross was wrestled to the ground inside the area in an incident spotted by the referee’s assistant and Wyness coolly netted from the spot.

Thereafter there was little action of note with the visitors perhaps content with the point they would probably have taken before the game and Peterhead just relieved to have fought back.