Start as you mean to continue could be the mantra for Stenhousemuir this season.
And they burst out of the traps to take a 2-0 lead at Peterhead.
In a tricky opening fixture, they were eventually pulled back, but a draw on the road is a good result for the Warriors who will fancy they could have taken a couple more had things gone slightly differently.
The Warriors got off to the best of starts, taking the lead in only the third minute. Good work by Alan Smith pressurising a defender forced a corner which ended with Euan Murray heading in an Alan Cook cross.
In the ninth minute the lead was extended when Smith turned scorer after Peterhead failed to cut out a cross from the left.
With a blustery wind causing problems for both sides there was rarely a rhythm to the game though the Warriors were always the more constructive in their play. They could have gone 3-0 up in the 35th minute when Graeme Smith did exceptionally well to tip a Colin McMenamin drive round the post. It wasn’t a one sided affair, though Jamie Barclay hadn’t much to do apart from the first 20 seconds of the game when Stuart Malcolm almost diverted a cross at his own net.
The half time whistle was the turning point but it is fair to say that Peterhead were given a helping hand by the Warriors. The problems began when
Malcolm was sent off for a second caution when he misjudged a tackle. The defence was reshaped with Ross Meechan moving central and Jamie McCormack coming on to right-back. McCormack didn’t have the best of starts though as he gave away a penalty in the 61st minute by pushing Shane Sutherland. Rory McAllister converted the spot kick to give Peterhead a lifeline.
It was backs to the wall stuff for Stenhousemuir but by the time play had settled back down the home side were level. An Andy Rodgers cross was misjudged and fell to Jordon Brown who took full advantage to fire home from close range.
A minute later Graeme Smith did well to keep the game level after good work by Colin McMenamin. Most of the play however was at the other end.
In the end the Warriors held on for what could prove to be a valuable point at the end of the season and although they will have been disappointed at losing a two goal lead they would have been able to take a number of positives from the game as well.