Livingston romped to a comfortable 5-1 win at home to Peterhead on Tuesday night as Gary Bollan’s men consolidated their eighteen-point lead at the top of Division Two.
The first half did not go to plan for the home side, however, with bottom club Peterhead frustrating the Lions in defence and creating the better of the chances up front.
Following a couple of long range efforts that kept Tony Bullock in the home goal on his toes, the visitors managed to grab a deserved lead with 28 minutes gone.
Martin Bavidge was on hand after Bullock could on parry a low cross out into the six-yard box, and the striker rifled the ball high into the net from six yards.
After the break, a rejuvenated Livi quickly went about clawing back the deficit.
Joe Hamill’s clipped cross was met by Kyle Jacobs, whose header bounced off the top of the crossbar and over.
A fine move involving Kenny Deuchar, Iain Russell and Devon Jacobs resulted in a low ball across the Peterhead goal, and Joe Hamill slotted the ball home.
Only ten minutes later, Livi had the lead. Fox’s long range effort was deflected on to the bar by defender Bobby Mann, and Iain Russell followed up to head the rebound past keeper Paul Jarvie.
The Lions’ tails were up, and substitute Rafaelle De Vita made it three with twenty minutes to go. Jarvie spilt a fierce David Sinclair drive, and the Italian striker beat everyone else to the ball to secure the three points.
Bollan’s charges weren’t done there, though. With seven minutes to go, Devon Jacobs swung in a fine cross from the right flank, and in-form Russell was at the back post to power a header home.
As stoppage time approached, captain Liam Fox ensured Livi secured their biggest win of the season.
Russell turned provider as he fed Kyle Jacobs, and De Vita controlled the midfielder’s cross at the front post. He cut the ball back to Fox, who emphatically slammed a half volley past a helpless Jarvie.
Manager Gary Bollan was adamant it wasn’t a half time lambasting from him that turned around his side’s display.
He said, “Half-time was mild from me. What probably hurt the players was being booed off after what they've produced over the season. But the second half was faultless”
Livingston: Bullock, Kn.Jacobs, Talbot, C.Barr, Watson, Sinclair, Hamill, Fox, Ky.Jacobs, Deuchar (De Vita 69), Russell
Subs not used: McDowall, Cowan, Malone, Winters
Alloa Athletic: Jarvie, S.Ross (McVitie 46), Mann, MacDonald, Stu.Smith, Sti.Smith, Strachan, Emslie, Bavidge (Gethans 33), Wyness, D.Ross (Clark 71)
Subs not used: Bateman, Sharp
Report: Calum Leslie