Part 119 – OS3 C2 S2 P17 – League 2 Match Day 8 – Peterhead (A) 19th September 2020 15:00

Peterhead getting ready for our visit

Today we have the 229 mile 4 hour journey to NE Aberdeenshire to face Peterhead, who’ve not been doing too well so far this season. Obviously that means a tough match incoming, because FM….

A biggie career wise – Studying for my Continental C 🙂 Glad I’ve been allowed to do so as I had this request turned down at the start of the season.

Our U18 lost 3-1 to Rangers U18 – Kieran Mcgrath with the goal, and our Ressies won 3-2 v Albion Rovers Res – Jordan Orru scoring & 2 goals from Tom Sutherland playing as an AML…..

The usual League 2 team of the Week inductees – Allison & Faulds this time round.

So today – Peterhead – we are the only game of the day as we play our game in hand. They are rock bottom with only 2 draws this season. And of course this will make it really tough.

I’m going with the asymmetric 4-3-3 so i can get Tom Sutherland in the game – He played a reserve game at AML and scored 2 so I’m giving him a go as a wide AP. Dunsmore starts for McLaughlin (He is far more natural at MR as a Winger). Slaven & McGrath up top and I have Cameron McGinn on the bench – a 19 yo pressing forward I bought in on a free from Ross County who is coming on leaps and bounds. Pretty much unchanged otherwise, Faulds starts after his MotM v Stranraer. Peterhead go with a filthy 4-5-1. Lets go

First Half Comprehensive Highlights v Peterhead

HT Peterhead 1 (McAllister 25) Berwick 1 (McGrath 10)

Peterhead started strongly because of course they did! But the breakthrough came in the 10th minute, a Sutherland through ball from the centre spot found Kieran McGrath in space, and he ran in on goal and scored on his 3rd/4th attempt. 1-0 Berwick. We were very much on the back foot though, and it was 1-1 in the 25th – a ball over finding McAllister who finished well from a tight angle. We had a few good chances but our profligacy in front of goal is starting to hurt us. I’m changing it up for the second half – 1-1 it finished.

4-4-2 Diamond 🙂 Try and exploit the half spaces, tighten up/compress the play a bit. Meechan off for Turner, who is a good DM. Slaven gets 10 mins then McGinn is coming on.

Second Half Comprehensive Highlights

FT Peterhead 2 (McAllister 25, 90+2) Berwick 2 (McGrath 10, Nanitelamio 80) Att 580 (61 Away)

A quiet enough start to the half, McGinn on for Slaven. We can’t assert any dominance today for some reason. But out of nowhere a goal of the season candidate – a corner was scrambled away, Dunsmore received the ball from Turner, and his back post cross was volleyed in first time left footed by Big Rod Nanitelamio!!!! 2-1 Berwick! 80 minutes gone. Peterhead now attacked in waves and we just couldn’t hang on – McAllister getting his second in the 92nd minute – 33yo & on £800/wk!!!. 2-2 it finished, dropped points and a worrying lack of form.

So, 8 games gone, 2 points clear. The next game is the big one – Cowdenbeath on Tuesday week, so we have 9 clear days before then. Time to rethink – maybe go back to the Control with 5 at the back? Interesting Cowdenbeath play on the Saturday (26th) before playing us on the 29th so we should have condition on our side. See you soon.

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