Off the back of three defeats on the bounce, Peterhead looked to end their poor run of form as they hosted 4th-placed Dumbarton at Balmoor Stadium.
The hosts made 2 changes to the side which were narrowly beaten by Spartans on Saturday as Jordon Brown and Rory McAllister replaced Jack Brown and Robert Ward in the starting line-up.
The visitors got off to a red-hot start on a cold night in the North East as they took the lead inside 2 minutes; Ryan Blair used both his body and the referee’s to fend off the Peterhead defenders before Ryan Wallace lashed in an effort from 25 yards, leaving Stuart McKenzie rooted to his spot. Moments later Dumbarton should have doubled their advantage as Crighton rose highest from a corner kick, his header trundled narrowly wide of the far post.
Peterhead would grow into the game however and create some chances of their own. Firstly, Joe McKee’s free kick was knocked down by Scott Ross but it was just out of reach for Rory McAllister to prod goalwards. Andy McCarthy managed to work his way into space and fired an effort from 25 yards which curled narrowly wide. McAllister then tried his luck with a speculative bicycle kick from the edge of the area which he couldn’t catch cleanly. A couple of chances also fell to Jordon Brown, but he didn’t test the keeper with either effort.
Half Time: Peterhead 0-1 Dumbarton
Peterhead picked up where they left off at the start of the second half and were dominant in terms of both possession and territory in the game. Hamish Ritchie delivered a good cross to McAllister and his chested effort was saved by Dumbarton debutant Jay Hogarth. Peterhead would then receive a blow as captain Jason Brown limped off the pitch after going in for a challenge in which the skipper was booked, he was part of a double change which also saw Kieran Shanks replaced, Caleb Goldie and Jack Brown coming on in their places. Ritchie then had an effort of his own from the edge of the area which trickled past the Dumbarton goal.
Balmoor was given a lift as new signing Peter Pawlett took to the field along with Robert Ward for the last 25 minutes of the game and the players matched this by upping their intensity by another level. Pawlett and Ward combined down the left hand side with the latter whipping a cross into McAllister which was headed over the bar.
McAllister was finally rewarded for his efforts in the 82nd minute as he charged down Aron Lynas, who played it into Rory’s body before the striker composed himself and sent his effort into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal. Once again the players upped the ante and always looked like the more likely side to go on and claim all 3 points. McKee’s drive at goal stung the hands of Hogarth before he delivered a corner to McAllister, which he sent thundering towards goal but was denied by the inside of the woodwork.
In the final minute of the game, Peterhead were given a golden opportunity to go ahead for the first time. As McKee floated a cross towards McAllister, Rory was bundled to the ground by Orsi and a penalty kick was awarded. With no Kieran Shanks on the pitch, McAllister stepped up to penalty duty and sent Hogarth the wrong way. Just a minute later the points were secured for Peterhead. With Dumbarton sending everyone forward, Jack Brown latched onto a loose pass and drove towards goal from his own half. With just the keeper to beat, Jack slotted the ball into the net to ensure the Blue Toon got back to winning ways and returned to 2nd in the league table.
Full Time: Peterhead 3-1 Dumbarton
Peterhead: McKenzie, Ross, Jason Brown (Goldie 58’), R. Strachan, D. Strachan, Shanks (Jack Brown 58’), McCarthy, McKee, Ritchie (Pawlett 65’), Jordon Brown (Ward 65’), McAllister