SA SAVED penalty 15 minutes from the end could come back and haunt Peterhead as the game ended all square.
A win was almost essential to keep the Blue Toon in with a realistic chance of escaping the drop as Stenhousemuir netted a late equaliser at East Fife to also grab a share of the spoils.
However, in a bizarre twist to the relegation plot, news emerged that Stenny may well be in line for a points deduction as a result of fielding an ineligible player which would certainly throw the cat amongst the pigeons as the gap currently stands at six points with just three games to play and the sides set to meet in the final game.
Without that potential lifeline, things still look on the grim side for Peterhead if they are to avoid bottom spot off their own steam.
With both team hit by injuries and suspensions, the patched up line-ups looked on course for a closely fought encounter from the off and a draw was probably about right although the Blue Toon had their chances to win after the break, that penalty miss apart.
It was all square at half time. Brechin took a 38th minute lead, keeper Paul Jarvie finding a well struck free kick from 20 yards too hot to handle and on–loan Aberdeen youngster Mitch Megginson pounced to score from point blank range.
Four minutes later the home side were level, Nicky Clark turning neatly then looking to have lost the ball before regaining control to prod home his shot to level matters.
The goals apart, chances were sparse to say the least. Martin Bavidge sent a shot raging over after ten minutes before Craig Molloy volleyed tamely at Jarvie in the 19th minute.
Stirling Smith had started the game brightly but had to be replaced after 36 minutes by Ryan Strachan who was set to feature heavily in the second half.
An incident free 25 minutes elapsed before Strachan sent a deceptively powerful shot goalwards from fully 30 yards which Craig Nelson tipped over for a corner.
Soon after a Strachan corner found the head of Calum Macdonald and his well placed effort looked like producing a goal until it was cleared off the line by the post.
After 75 minutes Peterhead had a golden opportunity to take the lead. A Stuart Smith cross from deep on the left wing was handled by City defender Ewan Moyes inside the area.
After the game Manager John Sheran indicated Paul Tosh was the nominated penalty taker but it was Strachan who took the responsibility for the spot kick and his effort was pushed onto the post by Nelson who then gathered the rebound. That piece of fortune and the fact he must have been a good yard off his goal line when the kick was struck summed up a miserable spell for the club.
The result of the investigation into any misdemeanour by Stenhousemuir will be revealed in the near future. A point’s deduction could give Peterhead renewed hope of staying up albeit by default.
On Saturday East Fife are the visitors to Balmoor Stadium.
PETERHEAD: Jarvie, Donald,
Stuart Smith, Scott Ross,
MacDonald, Stirling Smith
(Strachan 36), David Ross (Stephen 83), Emslie, Bavidge, Tosh (Wyness 79), Clark. Subs (not used): Bateman, McVitie.