Brechin City earned their first win under Darren Dods on Saturday as they defeated Peterhead 3-2 at Balmoor Stadium.
Robert Thomson hit a brace while the returning Dene Shields also got on the scoresheet to celebrate the end of his injury lay-off.
After what was a very promising start to their season, Peterhead have hit the skids in recent weeks and this disastrous defeat, after failing to win in the previous three, has cast doubts over their credentials as promotion candidates.
Three defensive blunders were to cost them dear and despite dominating after the break, they couldn’t find their way through a resolute visitor’s rearguard.
Brechin had made a dreadful start to their season with six consecutive defeats and a Challenge Cup loss to the Blue Toon but they turned recent form on its head to grind out a win few would deny them.
A lifeless start to the game was brought to an end with the City opener in the 11th minute.
The Peterhead defence was caught dawdling and Shield nipped in to gain possession before seeing his shot saved by Graeme Smith but only as far as Thomson, who stroked the ball into the empty net from six yards.
The Blue Toon were level after 25 minutes.
Scott Ross played a long ball out of defence and down the inside right channel for Shane Sutherland to run onto it and finish in style for his second goal in consecutive weeks, chipping the ball over and past the helpless Graeme Smith in the visitors’ goal.
Brechin regained the lead just after the half hour with another piece of limp defending, this time Ally Gilchrist was brushed off the ball far too easily by Shields who then dispatched a volley in clinical style.
Seven minutes before the break it was all square again with Sutherland once more involved.
The attack was built down the left following a quickly taken free kick with Sutherland catching City flatfooted as he burst into the area before setting up Rory McAllister to tap in from a yard out.
The second half saw the Blue Toon lay siege to the visitors’ goal but fail to score.
Half chances were aplenty and peppered the goal but Smith rarely looked like being beaten.
Sure enough with just seven minutes remaining Brechin broke away and sub Euan Smith looped a long cross over from the right wing.
Cammy Kerr was surely trying to head the danger out for a corner but only succeeded in diverting the ball across the six yard box where a gleeful Thomson put his surprise to one side to sidefoot in from point blank range.
Ross was then given a straight red card for a violent foul.
Darren Dods was delighted with the victory.
The overjoyed boss said: “The players showed great effort. We haven’t been far away despite the results in recent weeks and we just got the breaks for a change.
“It’s usually our defence that have been making mistakes but we were able to capitalise on some from Peterhead. The players have been putting in plenty of effort and we got our rewards today.
“We have had a lot of players out injured and suspended but we are starting to get bodies back and that showed today. When we get a full squad we will push on and maybe I won’t have to keep picking myself.”
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was disappointed.
He said: “I thought we played well in the second half but we are maybe overplaying in certain areas. There was a lot of good stuff but no end product and we are getting punished for every mistake at the moment.”