Toon brave early Alloa onslaught to take points

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PETERHEAD kept their chances of a promotion play-off spot alive with a terrific win sweeping Alloa aside after surviving an early onslaught and going a goal behind.

A Dennis Wyness double celebrated the striker’s return from injury and Martin Bavidge produced a goal and a man-of the-match performance. A late fourth from Conor Gethins put the icing on a display that looked highly unlikely after a quarter of an hour.

PETERHEAD V ALLOA'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S CONNOR GETHINS (CENTRE) CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH GRAHAM SHARP AND MARTIN BAVIDGE.

PETERHEAD V ALLOA'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S CONNOR GETHINS (CENTRE) CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH GRAHAM SHARP AND MARTIN BAVIDGE.

The visitor’s domination from the kick-off was almost total early on and they could easily have been out of sight before the game was much more than ten minutes old.

The ever dangerous Jim Lister saw a shot blocked by Jon Bateman after four minutes and 60 seconds later Lister fired beyond the back post.

In the 10th minute Stuart Noble sent a fierce drive from 25 yards dipping over as the home defence struggled to hang on but there was no reprieve when the Wasps deservedly took a 13th minute lead.

Lister crossed from the right side of the penalty area and the catch should have been easy meat for Bateman but the keeper inexplicably allowed the ball to go through his grasp and Noble headed into the empty goal from point blank range.

The dramatic and unlikely comeback began after 22 minutes.

A Sterling Smith corner from the right saw a header from Stuart Smith blocked and Wyness was on hand to equalise from close in.

Five minutes later Bavidge put the Blue Toon in front with a glorious shot from 20 yards which nestled into the bottom corner and Peterhead were in the driving seat.

They should have extended their lead in the 62nd minute. Graeme Sharp clipped a delightful cross into the area from the left and Bavidge threw himself at the ball to send a header crashing off the crossbar.

Alloa had a great chance to get themselves back into the game three minutes later. Sterling Smith brought down David McClune but Bateman made amends for his earlier blunder diving to his left to pull off a great save from Kevin McDonald’s spot kick.

That miss was punished after 70 minutes. Bavidge seemed to be going nowhere when he went on an unsupported solo run down the right wing.

Wyness meanwhile timed his run from midfield to perfection and when Bavidge crossed he nodded into the bottom corner in nonchalant style.

The icing on the cake came in the last minute. Gethins was on the field a matter of moments when a Sterling Smith throw in sent him clear and his cool finish, curling the ball into the far corner, rounded off a fine performance.

PETERHEAD: Bateman, Donald, Sterling Smith, Stuart Smith, Scott Ross (MacDonald 46), McVitie, Sharp, Wyness (Gethins 89), Bavidge, Strachan, DAvid Ross. Subs (not used): Jarvie, Clark, Emslie.

ATTENDANCE: 469