SPOT OF BOTHER FOR BROCH

Missed opportunity: Alan Hale with the spotkick that could of game the Broch a 4-3 win. Picture by David Williamson
Missed opportunity: Alan Hale with the spotkick that could of game the Broch a 4-3 win. Picture by David Williamson

Fraserburgh drew their fourth game of the season in a match which included a late penalty miss and a sending off .

Both teams had to make some changes as Kris Hunter gave a recall to former defender Rhyan Christie taking injured skipper Russell McBride’s place while Jonathan Garden came in for the injured Marc Dickson.

Willie West: West scored twice in the draw with Formartine. Picture by David Williamson

Willie West: West scored twice in the draw with Formartine. Picture by David Williamson

Steve Paterson fielded on-loan midfielders Connor Rennie and Ryan Strachan from Dundee and Peterhead respectively in what was still a side laden with senior and Highland League experience.

It was perfect sunny conditions for the match of the day but the opening stages were turgid. The league leaders at the start of the day were ahead in 26 minutes.

Stand-in keeper Derek Souter had to be sharp to palm away a 40-yard free kick for a corner and from the flag kick taken by Allan Hale on the inswing, Willie West had a free header and made it count from six yards.

Allan Hale put the Broch two up when he raced away from Ross Campbell and scored with a sweeping shot flying high into the Formartine net.

Four minutes into the second half it looked as if the Broch had put the game to bed.

Out of nothing Willie West brought a ball down and from 25 yards looked up and curled his effort into the left corner with the aid of the post.

A rare mistake by Paul Leask saw him drop what appeared to be a routine cross and Formartine defender Stuart Smith rolled the ball into the empty net.

The three-goal lead could have been restored but for Souter bringing off a fine save to deny Garden’s headed attempt.

In the 65 minute Formatine made it 2-3 when Mark Smith and Barrie Stephen combine d with a neat backheel right in front of goal which was scored by Mark Smith.

The equaliser came in 93 minutes of play.

Ross Campbell came forward to win a superb block tackle, McKay collected the spinning ball and set up Connor Rennie to apply the close range finish.

The drama was not over after Formatine equalised as Steven Main was upended at the corner of the box with referee McNab pointing to the spot.

Allan Hale was the man to step up and take the kick which was saved by Souter. Hale missing the first competitive penalty of his career.

Broch manager Kris Hunter said: “The first goal deflated us, when 3-0 up a goal like that is always going to give them a bit of a lift. They put us on the back foot.

“We got a bit of nerves but Formartine picked up their game and in the second half they put us under pressure. But we have to deal better with basic things.

“We’re disappointed not to win. Allan (Hale) missed the penalty at the end but Fraserburgh got out of jail.

“Formartine were never in it in the second half when we scored the early goal but mistakes and goals change games.

“Coming to North Lodge Park and getting a draw with a talented Formartine team with four regulars out, we don’t use excuses.

“The performance is not the best it’s been. I’m disappointed to leave with just a point but we did the same to Huntly two weeks ago

“Ryan Christie was excellent. He won every ball, tired towards the end but it was great to have him back. Marc Dickson and Russell McBride were missing and Neil Main has still to come back.

“Ryan has been training with us the last two weeks. Once he gets his fitness back he’ll be an excellent addition,” he added.