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Mo­men­tum­main­tainedasir­re­sistable­force meet­sim­mov­ableob­jectin­stale­mate PETER­HEAD MON­TROSE COVE RANGERS BRECHIN CITY

- BY CAL­LUM LAW BY JAMIE DURENT Sports · League Two · Championship · Aberdeen F.C. · Brechin · Peterhead · Raith Rovers F.C. · Jason Brown · Brechin City F.C. · Scott Ross · Fyvie

Peter­head made it three games un­beaten with this point but it was far from a clas­sic at Bal­moor with the Blue Toon and Mon­trose can­celling each other out.

But after wins against Raith Rovers and Clyde, keep­ing an­other clean sheet and putting an­other point on the board main­tains mo­men­tum – ac­cord­ing to Jamie Steven­son.

The vet­eran Blue Toon right-back said: “We’ve been on a good run of form and they have been on a great run of form and we just can­celled each other out.

“They didn’t have a shot on tar­get and a point keeps our wee run go­ing, it’s three un­beaten now.

“It wasn’t the best per­for­mance, but a point’s not a bad re­sult.

“The pos­i­tive for us was that we kept a clean sheet and the whole team from Greg Flem­ing in goal right through to Rory McAl­lis­ter up front de­fended well.”

Peter­head have con­ceded just once in their last three games and Steven­son be­lieves that is al­lied to a set­tled back four of him­self, Ja­son Brown, Scott Hooper and Paddy Boyle.

He added: “My­self and Ja­son Brown have a good part­ner­ship on the right side of de­fence.

“Paddy Boyle has played most games at left-back and Scott Hooper has come in and im­pressed. He wins a lot of head­ers, which is im­pres­sive for some­body that isn’t par­tic­u­larly tall.

“He also wins a lot of tack­les and Scott only came in after Cammy Eadie got in­jured and Cammy started the sea­son re­ally well so there’s plenty of com­pe­ti­tion for places.”

Paul Hart­ley has urged his Cove Rangers side to con­tinue be­ing ruth­less at home to main­tain the 100% record.

The League 2 lead­ers have yet to drop a point at Bal­moral Sta­dium since join­ing the SPFL in the sum­mer.

You have to go back to the Bet­fred Cup game against Dundee, in which they took the

In the open­ing quar­ter, most of the play was to­wards the Mon­trose goal but the Blue Toon strug­gled to carve out clear openings.

The clos­est ef­fort was Rory McAl­lis­ter’s snap­shot which was de­flected over and

Cham­pi­onship out­fit to penal­ties, to find the last time the Aberdeen side failed to pick up all three points on home soil.

This win over Brechin City, which came courtesy

Steven­son’s free-kick from 30 yards which was held by for­mer Aberdeen goal­keeper Aaron Len­nox.

The Gable Endies’ best ef­fort of the first pe­riod was Liam Cal­laghan’s long-range strike which whis­tled of sec­ond-half goals from Mitch Meg­gin­son, De­clan Glass and Scott Ross, en­sured Cove main­tained a five-point gap at the top of the di­vi­sion.

Hart­ley, who took over as man­ager in the sum­mer, wants no let-up from his in-form charges.

He said: “We’ve got to keep it go­ing. We’ve got to be ruth­less.

“If we can win in style, bril­liant. We’re con­sis­tent and in a good run of form but there’s a long way to wide. Right on the stroke of half-time, Steven­son’s free-kick was spilled by Len­nox and Jack Leitch fired the re­bound into the side-net­ting from an acute an­gle.

Peter­head started the sec­ond pe­riod on the go. We say to them ev­ery week that teams are go­ing to sit in, be com­pact, have bod­ies behind the ball and frus­trate you.

“We need to keep play­ing and keep work­ing. We want to keep the ball mov­ing and we’ve got some good play­ers. De­clan Glass was re­ally good at times. We know he can cre­ate some­thing from noth­ing. He scores a bril­liant goal out of noth­ing off his weaker foot.

“Away keep­ers are per­form­ing re­ally well to keep the score­line down.”

At times it looked like it would not be Cove’s day, with vis­it­ing goal­keeper Ross Sin­clair in in­spired form.

He kept out Fraser Fyvie, Fraser Aird, Glass and Con­nor Scully in the first pe­riod as Brechin strug­gled to cling on.

The break­through came with 12 min­utes to go as Fyvie slipped in sub­sti­tute Martin Scott and he laid it off to Meg­gin­son, who

 ??  ?? Man in pos­ses­sion: Ai­dan Smith mov­ing for­ward for the Blue Toon
Man in pos­ses­sion: Ai­dan Smith mov­ing for­ward for the Blue Toon
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Pho­to­graphs by Scott Bax­ter One up: Mitch Meg­gin­son is mobbed after scor­ing Cove’s opener.
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