Disaster struck for the much depleted Duns side after exactly 23 seconds.
Along up field ball took a huge bounce, found Peebles striker Scott Sutherland who gratefully, if not surprisingly, placed a backward header lobbing over the top of keeper Paul Tansey.
As early as this an alarming pattern was forming as seven minutes later Steven McHoul failed to properly make a clearance allowing Peebles a shot which connected with the upright with the rebound pounced upon but another visiting forward who forced a great save from keeper Tansey.
Rovers kept up their attacking with a low header went just wide of Tansey’s near post.
The Dingers were second best to everything with the first half being dominated by Peebles who soon made it 2-0 when Chris Taylor scored with well placed shot which sneaked in between Weatherburn and the post.
A minutes before the interval things looked even worse for Duns as George Windram blatantly pushed an attacker to the ground inside the area giving referee his easiest decision of the afternoon.
Fortunately for the Dingers Paul Tansey made a great save to just about preserve some hope for the home side going into the break.
Duns reappeared for the second half with a changed formation with manager Hudson pushing Strangeways and Pattenden up front and moving Jordan Lauder back in defence. This appeared to breath some life into his side as Duns recorded their first shot on target after 52 minutes, an attempt which was saved.
However, Jordan Lauder gave away a second penalty of the afternoon. This time the Rovers man went for power crashing his effort of the underside of the bar and the ball was cleared to safety.
After 72 minutes refere Paul Hanlon completed his ‘hat-trick’ when he awarded Duns a penalty. Jordan Lauder showed the Peebles lads just how to do it and reduced the leeway to a single goal.
Duns: Tansey, Weatherburn, Waddell (Paulion), McHoul, Windram, Stewart, Robertson, Lee, Lauder, Strangeways, Pattenden.