Forfar Athletic are joint top of League One after a victory over Peterhead at Station Park that really should have been by a bigger winning margin, Danny Denholm scoring the
Dick Campbell fielded an unchanged squad from the win over Morton two weeks ago, new signing Jim Paterson having to settle for a spot on the bench.
The Loons didn’t take long to threaten the Blue Toon, a cross from just inside the half finding Dale Hilson and his volley was saved well by Graeme Smith inside the first 60 seconds.
Skipper Gavin Swankie then went close a minute later, forcing Smith to tip his shot from the edge of the area, before Darren Dods nodded wide from Denholm’s corner.
The home side could have been two or three goals up by the fifth minute, Michael Dunlop sending a header over the bar from Stephen Husband’s corner.
At the other end in a rare chance for Peterhead, Dods had to clear Jamie Redman’s header off the line in
the seventh minute.
And it was off the line at the other end seven minutes later when Stuart Malcolm’s bullet header was
cleared by Smith.
A good passing move then ended in Hilson laying the ball off for Husband but he fired straight at Smith.
He then had a 30 yard shot swerve wide of the mark in Forfar’s eighth shot at goal in just 18 minutes.
Peterhead almost opened the scoring in the 25th minute, a through ball allowed the unusually quiet Rory McAllister to race clear but when he tried to lift the ball over Rab Douglas, the big keeper was able to push the ball wide for a corner that came to
Just after the half-hour mark Smith pulled off a fantastic save; Denholm’s free kick was headed towards goal by Malcolm, Ross Smith made a poor clearance and Hilson’s volley was tipped just over the bar by Smith, who had kept his side in the game more than
once this half.
Denholm then hit the bar 10 minutes before half time, his free kick on the edge of the box getting deflected on to
The Loons finally took a much deserved lead in the 43rd minute, a counter attack ending in Swankie swinging in a cross that evaded Hilson but Denholm was on hand to volley the ball home into the top corner for his fourth
of the season.
Peterhead looked a slightly better side in the second half as they looked to keep the Forfar attack quiet but still struggled to threaten much themselves, the first proper shot of the half coming in the 64th minute, Andy Rodgers taking the ball down well but his final product was poor, slicing the ball wide.
McAllister went closest for Peterhead in the second half, his free kick from 25 yards cannoning off the crossbar with Douglas beaten.
Rodgers headed over from Jamie Stevenson’s corner with 20 minutes to go before McAllister fired straight at Douglas.
With 10 minutes left Forfar almost doubled their advantage with another counter attack, Hilson driving forward before cutting the ball to Swankie, but his shot was saved as was Derek Young’s follow up.
Hilson had a chance of his own deflected into the side netting while Mark Baxter set up Swankie with a short free kick, the attacker turning a defender before having his strike turned wide by another defender as they looked to kill the game off.
In the final minute of injury time Hilson raced clear again, but when he set up Swankie, his shot was fluffed wide.
Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Dunlop, Baxter, Malcolm, Dods, Husband (Dale 55), Kader (Smith 81), Young, Hilson, Swankie, Denholm (Paterson 90).
Subs not used: Malin, Keiller, McLellan, Salmon
Peterhead: Smith, Sharp, Noble, Smith (Cox 69), Ross (Strachan 56), Donaldson, Rodgers (Gilfillan 77), Redman, McAllister, Stevenson, Cowie.
Subs not used: Brown, McCann, Richardson, Jarvie