United draw with Longside

United welcomed Superleague opponents for the second time as they squared off against local rivals Longside in their second match of their Grill League Cup campaign.

With a disappointing loss to Maud in their opening game United had to settle for a hard-fought draw that has dented their Grill League cup hopes.

United made a couple of changes from midweek with Neil Forbes, Ewan Taylor, Andrew Ritchie and former player Davey Ross who had been loaned out from Fraserburgh coming into the side as David Innes, Alan Reid, Liam Rollo and Steven Lawrence dropped to the bench.

Fraserburgh were dealt a blow when striker Bissett limped off to be replaced by Lawrence. United edged their way into the game and a dangerous Buchan free kick for the home side was headed clear by Norris.

With both sides cancelling each other out it came as a surprise when Longside scored. They were awarded a penalty in 34 minutes when Whyte’s cross into the area saw Campbell being pushed in the six yard box by Forbes, Paul Campbell made no mistake from the spot.

The home side equalised right on the stroke of half-time when a McLeman shot was touched onto the bar by Burr, the predatory Scott Falconer showed great reflexes to head the ball into the net from eight yards.

United continued where they left of as at the start of the second half Falconer put Lawrence through on goal but Burr again made the save at his near post.

United lost a second player through injury on 69 minutess when Forbes had to go off with an injury to his elbow and was replaced by Reid.

Cameron after coming on was immediately presented with a great chance when he found himself in the clear 20 yards out but he hurried his shot and blasted well over the bar. In the final minute Whyte was almost clean through but the referee blew for offside.

United assistant manager Alyn Falconer spoke to The Herald afterwards, stating: ‘I think a draw was about right, the lads played exactly as I wanted them to and their commitment right now cannot be faulted.

“It’s been a tough start playing Superleague teams in both our opening fixtures but the lads have more than held their own. We still have a few things to work on but it’s mostly positives so far.’

Fraserburgh Utd: Dunbar, Forbes, Buchan, David Ross, C. Ritchie, Noble, Taylor, McLeman, A. Ritchie, Bisset, Falconer;Subs: Lawrence, Daz Ross, Reid, Rollo