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Winters wins it for Toon

PETERHEAD V CLYDE
(DUNCAN BROWN)

PETERHEAD'S ROBBIE WINTERS   CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH  JAMIE REDMAN AND STEPHEN MAGUIRE.

PETERHEAD V CLYDE (DUNCAN BROWN) PETERHEAD'S ROBBIE WINTERS CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH JAMIE REDMAN AND STEPHEN MAGUIRE.

A narrow victory courtesy of an opportunist strike from Robbie Winters was enough to take full points and catapult the Blue Toon up into third spot.

It’s fair to say it wasn’t one of their best performances of the season, a statement the fans would wholeheartedly agree with, but it was a vital one after a disappointing run in recent weeks.

Chances were few and far between and with Peterhead missing top scorer Rory McAllister from the starting line up and Clyde, like their hosts, on the crest of a slump, an entertaining encounter was realistically never on the cards.

The first half, the goal apart, had precisely three goal scoring opportunities. The fact both the Blue Toon efforts came from Ryan Strachan says a lot about their cutting edge.

His first was from an inswinging corner kick which Keeper Jamie Barclay did well to claw clear from under the crossbar after 11 minutes. Then, just after the half hour mark, he fired in a well struck drive from 20 yards that Barclay pushed out for a corner with a dive to his right.

Clyde had plenty of the ball but showed why they are struggling at the moment with a forward line that rarely posed a threat. Their single chance fell to Kevin Watt who turned and shot goalward with Marc McCallum saving the day at the second attempt.

The chance of a goal seemed remote so it was a surprise when the eventual winner came in stoppage time. The creator was the outstanding David Cox, on-loan from Alloa, and his pinpoint cross toward the back post was dispatched in clinical fashion into the bottom corner by the head of Winters.

The second half made for tough viewing. Scott McLaughlin fired narrowly over in the 57th minute but thereafter Peterhead were left hanging on and had their opponents been lethal in front of goal then a point would have been the best they could have hoped for.

A far from well McAllister came off the bench 10 minutes from the end and after repeatedly vomiting on the pitch, showed why he had been left out of the starting eleven.

Former Blue Toon player Bryan Gilfillan wastefully headed over from a Stefan McLuskey corner kick near the end denying Clyde the draw they probably deserved. As for Peterhead, three points and into the play-off zone but not a game that will live long in the memory.

PETERHEAD: McCallum, Cowie,Noble, Smith, S. Ross, Strachan, Cox (Kelly 76), Redman, Winters (Deasley 76), Maguire (McAllaister 80), McLaughlin. Subs: Jarvie, D. Ross.

Attendance: 514

 

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