Fraserburgh Football Club relied on Scott Barbour to net a second-half hat-trick to get a result over Highland League rivals Lossiemouth last Saturday, the mercurial forward having now scored 52 goals in 101 appearances for the Burgh.
But, much like at Cove the week prior, Barbour found opportunities tough to come by due to the physical nature in which teams are setting out to deal with the Brocher. Whether it was being brought to the ground or being man-marked by the defenders in an effort to prevent a trademark, quick burst into the box, Barbour is having to work for every goal he notches.
It is something that the Burgh can likely expect until the end of the season, should Barbour continue in fine form, with teams seemingly now wise to the young target-man after impressive performances in the Scottish Cup and Highland League, respectively.
His hat-trick last weekend, which proved the difference for the Burgh’s sixth win in a row in the Highland League since November, has seen the club rise to seventh place with 31 points. The club, which has as much as four games in hand over the teams around them, will now be hoping the two-time Young Player of the Year can provide some more goals when they travel to Mosset Park, Forres, this Saturday.
Mention also has to be given to the continued fine performances of the Broch’s more senior players, in particular Steven Main – taking the captain’s armband for the Lossie game – supplying his side with several runs down the left wing which provided ample opportunity for his teammates to find a goal earlier. Likewise, young player John Chalmers, who has staked a claim for securing the departed Mark Cowie’s spot on the team sheet with past performances in the side, continued to impress, and almost capped his display with a first-half free-kick, his whipped effort only just finding the post instead of the Lossie net.