Falconer scores twice as United take the points

United maintained their 100% start to the league campaign with a relatively comfortable win away at Buckie Rovers.

Broch’s in-form striker Scott Falconer grabbed his eighth goal in seven games as his dream return to Junior football continues.

Manager Sim made a couple of changes to the side that threw away a three-goal lead against Islavale in United’s last outing.

Graeme McLeman, Scot Robertson, Steven Lawrence and Fraser Davidson made way as Stuart Noble, Andrew Ritchie, Alan Reid and Danni Buchan stepped up into the first eleven.

Opening exchanges were pretty even as United shaded possession and territory. United began to up the tempo and on 16 minutes Fraser Watt should have done better than blast over when played in on goal by A. Ritchie.

United were beginning to take control of the game and should have been awarded a penalty on 24 minutess when a nice move down the United left saw Ross and Buchan combine to play the ball up the line to Watt and his square ball along the edge of the Buckie box was hammered goalward by A. Ritchie only to be blocked by the arm of David.

Referee Dunlop waved away furious Broch appeals.

With Buckie struggling to muster anything going forward United continued to press and on 29 minutes Falconer missed a glorious chance.

United’s Noble played a raking diagonal 40-yard pass to find Falconer inside the Buckie box but despite rounding Masson in the Rovers goal his touch was heavy and he ran the ball out for a goal kick.

Buckie did muster a response however Dawson skied two promising free-kicks in quick succession leaving Dunbar un-tested.

United finally broke the deadlock on 37 minutes.

United’s left flank of Darren Ross and Danni Buchan prised open the Buckie defence to find Watt 25 yards out and this time Watt flicked the ball beyond David where Falconer dove in bravely to lift the ball past Masson for the opener.

The second period followed the same pattern as the first with United carving out good chances but not taking them while Buckie struggled to get past the Broch back four with any real menace.

A second goal was inevitable and the only surprise was the scorer.

On 65 minutes, C. Ritchie whipped in a corner from the left that Innes flicked on at the front post Reynolds blocked the ball on the line but Stuart Noble reacted quickest with a neat hitch-kick to lash the ball home from four yards.

United replaced the tiring Buchan with Rollo, while Lawrence and MacIntosh came on for Watt and A. Ritchie.

A lack of concentration on 72 minutes from Noble almost let in McGregor as he stole the ball off the doddling sweeper however Reid and Ross got back in time to spare his teammates blushes.

The substitutions had given United fresh impetus and all three came close to scoring on separate occasions.

Firstly Reid’s long ball found Rollo unmarked six yards out but he lobbed over when it looked easier to score.

Lawrence then did brilliantly to turn David inside out twice before rounding Masson but Reynolds got back to clear off the line.

United sealed the game with a third goal on 81 minutes.

A Darren Ross’ free-kick was flicked on by MacIntosh to fellow sub Lawrence whose sharp run took him away from Reynolds and he crossed early to find Falconer unmarked five yards out and he emphatically volleyed home to seal the three points for United.

United manager Sim spoke to The Herald afterwards: “It was a wee bit of a lacklustre performance by ourselves.

“We played well in spells and defended well as a team, but we just lacked a bit of tempo and pace to our game.

“For all that I’m extremely happy with the goals and chances we made as Buckie are a good solid outfit.’

FRASERBURGH UTD: Dunbar, A. Reid, Daz Ross, Innes, Noble, David Ross, Buchan, C. Ritchie, A. Ritchie, Falconer, Watt. Subs: McIntosh, Robertson, Lawrence, Rollo, S. Ritchie.