Barbour rescues point for the Burgh at Clach

Scott Barbour chases down a ball.
Scott Barbour chases down a ball.

Fraserburgh Football Club relied on a second-half Scott Barbour strike to rescue a point against Clachnacuddin last weekend.

The Burgh had travelled to Grant Street Park to play their penultimate away fixture of the season in the Highland League.

With two games left to play, and the title already won by Brora Rangers, Fraserburgh still have the chance to overtake Formartine United and Nairn County in the table, in turn securing a third place finish.

The draw on Saturday, however, has made that task all the more challenging, with Formartine now having games in hand over Fraserburgh.

Saturday’s draw perhaps compounded a week of misery for the Burgh’s defensive line, the side shipping two goals to rivals Nairn in their midweek fixture on April 9 before narrowly escaping Grant Street with a point.

On Wednesday, they relied on a smart link-up between in-form striker Peter Alexander Bruce and full-back Courtney Cooper, scoring his brace, to secure three points at the death.

The Burgh had went ahead in that game through a John Chalmers penalty, home goals from Michael Morrison and Stuart Leslie bringing the teams to parity either side of a Cooper strike after the restart.

With an unchanged side named for the Saturday game, the Burgh were on the backfoot almost from the off, Clach breaking neatly into the visitor’s half for Scott Graham to slot the ball past Scott Cowe in the Fraserburgh goal.

Clach continued to lead the game for the better part of an hour, throughout the first-half and into the second, until Scott Barbour, picking up his 34th goal of the season, announced himself with a deft effort that beat the Lillywhites’ John Campbell.

Fraserburgh can likely count themselves unlucky with their end of season dip, a series of trips across the Highlands in the past month no doubt beginning to take its toll on what is a young team.

However, from the past 15 points available to them in the past month, from away fixtures alone, the Burgh have secured 10, taking wins from Nairn, Fort William and Rothes.

Their last away game of the campaign takes place this Saturday at Keith.

The Fraserburgh Supporters Club will be running a bus to it on April 19 which will leave from the harbour office at 12:45pm.