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Peterhead 2 Stirling Albion 2

Peterhead 2 Stirling Albion 2

Goals from top scorer Jordan White and substitute Josh Flood earned us a deserved draw at Balmoor as we fought back from two goals down to pick up the first away point of the season.

Albion end the first quarter of the campaign bottom of the table but can take huge encouragement from a battling performance against the Blue Toon and only a narrow offside decision denied sub Mark Ferry a dramatic late winner.

Things looked bleak when Martin Bavidge slotted the opener after 11 minutes and Ross Smith had the hosts 2-0 up after half an hour when he headed home a Ryan Strachan corner but Stirling showed great resolve to recover.

On-loan Falkirk hitman White pulled one back almost immediately when he turned in a Stephen Day cross and the young winger again provided the assist for Flood to volley the equaliser with seven minutes left.

There were four changes to the team beaten by Montrose. Steven Weir was suspended, Marc McCulloch and Brian Allison were injured and Ferry was left on the bench as Day, Ross McGeachie, Jamie McCunnie and Scott Davidson were drafted in.

Stirling lined up in a 3-5-2 formation and were eager from the off and, although there was a scare when Rory McAllister headed against the bar, we looked a threat going forward – so to go two goals down was harsh.

Bavidge guided a shot into the corner after being teed up by McAllister when we failed to clear a corner and another set-piece allowed Smith to bury a header.

White’s fourth goal of his short spell gave Albion hope and Davidson was unlucky not to equalise in an entertaining first half that saw chances missed at both ends.

The hosts were unhappy when Brian Deasley was booked for diving when he went down under a last-man challenge from Day on the edge of the box but we defended stoutly after the break.

Stirling pressed hard for an equaliser without creating too many clear-cut chances but we forced a number of corners and created several good openings before Day did well on the left to pick out Flood for his second goal of 2012/13.

The result and performance is the ideal boost going into a tough-looking Scottish Cup tie at home to Deveronvale on Saturday and the Third Division trip to an Annan team still unbeaten at home on November 10.

Peterhead: Jarvie (McCallum 46), Sharp, Noble, Smith, S Ross, Strachan (Cowie 69), D Ross (Winters 61), Deasley, McAllister, Bavidge, McLaughlin. Subs (not used): Maguire, Kelly.

Scorers: Bavidge 11, Smith 29

Stirling Albion: Filler, McGeachie (Flood 77), Day, McCunnie, McAnespie, Thom, G Weir, McSorley, Davidson, McClune (Ferry 82), White. Subs (not used): Clark, Brass, Peat (GK).

Scorers: White 31, Flood 83

Referee: Gary Hilland

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