Barbour leads charge in sinking Cove Rangers

Scott Barbour.
Scott Barbour.

One goal was enough for Fraserburgh to turnover Cove Rangers last Saturday, the Broch beginning their 2014 with a win over the current champions.

Cove had won the Highland League last season, and based on last fortnight’s 45-minutes against Fraserburgh, looked likely to go the season with little hassle.

The Burgh, however, have made a habit of shattering opposition hopes, reaching the fourth round of the Scottish Cup earlier this season with impressive wins over Montrose, Edinburgh City, and Civil Service Strollers.

The week prior to their away trip to Cove, Fraserburgh had played a first-half of football against Cove under heavy rain, the Aberdeen side acclimating to the conditions faster and punishing the Burgh with two goals before the abandonment.

However, Fraserburgh launched into a defensive masterclass at Allan Park to make for 90 minutes of counter-attacking joy, manager Kris Hunter’s side good for their win.

With Russell McBride continuing to put in man-of-the-match shifts in the heart of the Burgh’s backline, the creatively minded pairing of Scott Barbour and William West were allowed the opportunity to act as the target-men for the Broch’s attacks.

A long-ball from Paul Leask had found Barbour just past 20 minutes which had beaten a lapse minded Cove defence, the two time Young Player of the Year rounding off the move with a low drive which beat Cove’s Craig Reid in the home goal.

The Broch could have added more to their tally in the second-half when West screamed a ball just wide of the target, but key interceptions from McBride throughout the game, and the safe hands of Paul Leask in the Burgh goal, ensured a memorable victory for the Brochers who have, now, gone five games in the league unbeaten.

The supporter’s club released the following statement after the game: “FFC Supporters Club would like to thank the players and management who donated part of their wages at the Stenhousemuir game in order that our supporters could have a free bus to Cove last Saturday.

“There were 34 Supporters Club members on our bus, and when Mike McLean made the announcement that it was going to be free, there was a spontaneous round of applause. The day was made even better for us by the players giving us a victory to celebrate.”