Bervie too strong for lacklustre Peterhead

After a four week break, Bervie returned to league action with an away trip to Peterhead.

Despite the break and the conditions Bervie started positively with Avis doing well down the right and sending over a good cross, Collie managed to get his head to the ball flicking it on to Blacklaw whose effort went wide.

The opening goal wasn’t long in coming though, Webster doing well to win the wall in the left back position, feeding Davies whose ball forward found Collie who calmly slotted past the on rushing keeper.

From the restart Peterhead tried to put pressure on the Bervie defence however Gordon was strong and won the ball comfortably.

Bervie went on to have a succession of chances, with McLaughlin and Collie both missing the target, Salmond also went close when he pressed forward only for his effort to miss the target. Bervie again went close when Blacklaw received the ball from a throw on the left, playing in Collie whose effort went wide.

Collie nearly grabbed his second after Montgomerie did well to beat three before playing the striker in however a great sliding tackle from the defender denied him the opportunity.

It was beginning to look like the second goal wouldn’t come with further chances missed, however the pressure finally paid off, McLaughlin’s throw to Avis who crossed the ball only for a defender to divert the ball into his own net.

Bervie then quickly put the game beyond Peterhead with a third goal when the ball was played forward to Collie who beat the offside trap to round the keeper and slot home his second of the match.

Bervie were utterly dominating the game with Collie and McLaughlin both going close before eventually getting their fourth, Avis doing well to pressurise the home defender winning the ball back, his effort was parried by the keeper only for Collie to follow up for his hat-trick.

Bervie’s fifth came when Smith did well down the right; finding himself in the box his initial effort was saved however he followed up well to slot home at the near post.

The sixth came just before half time, Collie finding Avis on the right who calmly slipped the ball under the keeper.

Bervie started the second half where they finished the first half, Collie receiving the ball but seemingly being forced wide, however, he cleverly beat his man before slipping the ball between the keeper’s legs for his fourth of the match.

It was the two half-time substitutes who created the next chance, Wood crossing for Morris but his effort went over.

Montgomerie was next to try his luck, Anderson winning the ball in the middle and feeding him, he beat one man before firing in an effort which went wide.

Sawyer was next to go close, pressing forward from the right meeting Websters free kick only to see another effort miss the target.

The next effort came from an unlikely source, Davies breaking forward from defence, beating a couple before firing in from long range only to see his effort come back off the post.

Just when it was beginning to look like the eighth would never arrive, Blacklaw did well to win the ball in the middle before feeding Anderson who fired home from just inside the box.

Bervie: A.Edwards (T), S. Smith, K. Webster, K. Gordon (Cpt), M. Davies, W. Montgomerie, D. Salmond, D. Blacklaw, D. Avis, J. McLaughlin, M. Collie

Subs: T. Leisk, M. Morris, H. Anderson, L. Sawyer, A. Wood