Broch stay unbeaten at Bellslea

Straight in: the brochs third goal which was scored direct from a corner by Robert Morrice. picture by David Williamson
Straight in: the brochs third goal which was scored direct from a corner by Robert Morrice. picture by David Williamson

An incredible first half set Fraserburgh up for their third successive home league win as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday. A

The Broch’s 100% record at Bellslea Park, despite Clach pulling three goals back in nine minutes either side of half time, also remained intact.

Ryan Christie: Grabbed the Brochs second as he headed in an Alan Hale corner. Picture by David Williamson

Ryan Christie: Grabbed the Brochs second as he headed in an Alan Hale corner. Picture by David Williamson

Fraserburgh got off to the perfect start with a goal after just two minutes. Allan Hale was the creator with some fine wing play and a well-placed cross allowing Peter Alexander Bruce to slot past Stevie Dunn from six yards.

Before the quarter-hour mark had been reached the Broch were two up. Once again Allan Hale could claim the assist with a well-flighted corner kick that was met by Ryan Christie, who stooped to head home from six yards out.

The game looked dead and buried with 31 minutes on the clock when Clach conceded a corner and were punished in style as Robert Morrice curled a right-footed inswinger into the back of the net direct from the quartercircle.

Incredibly it was four just six minutes later. A good interchange of passes between Allan Hale and PA Bruce saw the ball fed in to Graham Johnston and from 30 yards he unleashed a thunderbolt, drilling the ball low to the keeper’s right and into the corner of the net.

Clach pulled one back five minutes before half time and for the second week in a row Fraserburgh began to wobble.

The Lilywhites opener followed a foul on Martin Callum by Marc Dickson that earned the midfielder a yellow card. Mark Kennedy played the free kick into the area and Callum rose to head home.

Three minutes after the restart Scott Morrison repeated Robert Morrice’s feat scoring directly from a corner kick at the same end and from the same side, the ball going over Paul Leask and in at the far post.

Straight from the centre Clach went forward and Steven Main miscued, giving the ball straight to Gordon Morrison and he made it 4-3 when he scored from ten yards out.

Almost unbelievably the match was back in the balance. The game was finally decided seven minutes from time and it was the Broch who clinched the win.

PA Bruce spun away from Michael Finnis and crossed into Graham Johnston who controlled the ball and cut inside before slotting home from ten yards out.

Broch manager Kris Hunter said: “The first period of the game in which we scored four goals is probably our best form since I came in here as manager. We were cruising and it was very good to see the moves paying off.

“But we sadly gave away goals too easy. Every goal you concede is disappointing but we cannot keep giving away the type of goals we’re doing.

“Just now the mistakes are costing us goals and the finger is being pointed at Paul Leask but he is working hard at his game and will come through it.

“Getting goals at the other end is getting us out of trouble but it won’t always be like that. We are being punished but still doing the business and winning games.

“Winning is what breeds confidence and I’m proud of how good we look going forward all the time. Graham Johnston has just come back and played his first game alongside P.A Bruce, they linked up as a pairing very well.”