Peterhead’s disappointing start to the season continued with another defeat that sent them to the foot of the third division.
It is far too early to start pressing the panic button but many more performances and results like this will see a few fingers getting flexed.
The loss now makes it 19 league games since the last win and with Manager John Sherran still looking for his first competitive victory in charge, a change in fortunes will be expected sooner rather than later.
The Blue Toon went into the break in front and looking to build on their lead and exact revenge for the midweek Challenge Cup loss to their visitors. However, from the moment Athletic equalised a nervous tension enveloped Balmoor which became doom laden when Annan went in front.
Paul Watson began the match at left back with Roy McBain moving forward to a midfield role.
Peterhead took the lead with the games first serious shot on goal. The ball broke to Bryan Deasley 20 yards out and he lofted his shot over the head of keeper Craig Summersgill and into the net.
The home side could have doubled their lead with Martin Bavidge seeing his head flick from a Deasley corner on the right being turned around the post by Summersgill.
Annan were level in the 19th minute with their first foray into the home penalty area. The goal was simplicity itself, a Peter Watson throw-in wasn’t dealt with and Jordan McKechnie was allowed time to let the ball drop before volleying into the net on the turn.
Peterhead could have regained the lead after 25 minutes when a low ball in from the right by Bavidge found McAllister but his completely mishit shot spun up into the air was gathered with ease by Summersgill.
However, five minutes before half time McAllister did hit the target. The creator was the outstanding Deasley who burst into the left side of the penalty area to set up the former Brechin striker who sidefooted home.
The game seemed poised for the Blue Toon to build on their advantage but Annan had other ideas. Five minutes after the re-start a David Cox cross from the left was poorly defended and McKechnie scored with a deft flick.
The Blue Toon responded with a Jamie Redman header from point blank range that Summersgill performed a miracle to turn away for a corner but that was to prove a rare threat to regain their superiority.
Ian Harty, the visitor’s hatrick hero from midweek, saw a shot deflected narrowly past soon after the hour mark but as they began to look increasingly dangerous, it was no surprise when they took the lead.
McBain put in a rash challenge on Steven Sloan in side the area and Harty sent the spot kick into the top corner for a turn around that they rarely looked like surrendering,
Having said that, McAllister was unlucky to see a lob over the advancing Summersgill strike the right hand post, three minutes from the end.
Without an away win in over a season, the thought of hitting the road again will not fill the Balmoor faithful with hope.
The one chink of light may be that East Stirlingshire are currently homeless and play their “home” matches at Stenhousemuir !
PETERHEAD: Duffy, Donald, McBain, Sellars, McDonald, Redman, Conway (Sharp 74), Watson (D. Ross), McAllister, Bavidge (Wyness 77), Deasley. Subs note used: S. Ross, Davidson