Peebles Rovers 2-2 Preston Athletic

Neil Hobson

QUICK RECAP

Peebles Rovers vanquished the memories of last week’s pounding to Preston, after securing a point courtesy of a sensational Frankie Arthur strike.

MATCH REPORT

Things got off to the worst possible start for Rovers on Saturday, after Mikey McFarlane stabbed the ball past McGinley, from a Grotlin cross, after just a few minutes.

Haunting flashbacks of last weeks performance briefly came back into focus, but Lee Zavaroni was on hand to turn the tide.

A marauding Jack Smith was pulled down in the box after a mazy run, with the ref pointing to the spot.

Zavaroni rarely fails to deliver from 12-yards: coolly burying the ball on 13 minutes to make it 1-1.

Although the ground underfoot wasn’t always conducive to free-flowing football, the away side grew in confidence and began asking questions of the Rovers backline with dangerous balls in from wide areas.

Grotlin and Binnie were at their menacing best as they zipped the ball back and forth in the hunt for a winner, testing McGinley on numerous occasions – but the big ‘keeper was at his stunning best to keep the ‘Panners out.

In a titanic defensive showing, the Rovers defence were at their stoic best as they beat the East Lothian side back. James Dodds and Robert Sterricks were the heroes of the hour, as the full-backs threw their bodies on the line to deny Preston a winner.

A good chance came on 27 minutes after Ben Brown floated in a great free-kick from midfield. In the resulting goalmouth melee, McMath ducked and weaved to get a foot to the ball – before being outnumbered.

The match was largely a tale of two teams going hammer and tong with each other, with two solid defences throwing out attacks.

It was on 82 minutes when our hopes were well and truly shattered.

A window of opportunity opened for a Marc Reid free-kick, Jamie Cochrane got a head to the ball, but Jack Jardine got the final touch to make it 2-1.

It looked as though our ship had sailed, and we were consigned to another defeat.

We weren’t.

Step to the stage, Frankie Arthur.

Charging down the right-wing in a hurried counter-attack, time seemed to slow down as Arthur picked took the shot from what seemed like a million miles out.

Beautifully hit from outside the right-foot, the ball thundered past the ‘keeper – all in trademark Frankie Arthur style.

Chaos in the Alec Lucas Stand followed, as Peebles held on to secure a point in the most dramatic of fashions.

HOW WE LINED UP

McGinley, Dodds, Brown, Young, Glass, Sterricks, McMath, Zavaroni, Sutherland, Arthur, J Smith.

STARS OF THE MATCH

Ben McGinley was impossibly brilliant again in goal, whilst Ross Glass excelled in midfield.

A special mention to Frankie for his worldie, and Ross Young for a hugely composed showing.

 

 

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