Broch back in league action

Broch v Strathspey
Broch v Strathspey

Fraserburgh will kick off their 2016/17 Highland League campaign against Strathspey Thistle this weekend at Bellslea Park.

The Broch finished in ninth place last time out in manager Mark Cowie’s first full season in charge.

Now, the Broch boss has his sights firmly set on improving that finish this time around.

“I’m not setting targets for the lads in terms of a league finish.” Said Cowie.

“We’re just going to go out there and take each game as it comes but we will certainly be looking to improve on last season’s finishing place.”

Fraserburgh have added to their squad with the additions of Jamie Beagrie and Greg Buchan from Turriff and Devronvale respectively.

The pair have featured in the summer’s pre-season fixtures which have brought about a mixed bag in terms of results and performances.

“It’s been a very mixed pre-season for us.” Said Cowie.

“It’s one of the issues we face in part-time football during the summer with guys work commitments and holidays, at points we have travelled to games with a squad of just eleven players.

“It’s the same for all the other teams in this league though and overall I’d say I’m happy with our preparation going into the game.

“The lads who have been able to train and play have put a lot of work in and are looking good.”

Despite Strathspey’s lowly finish in the league last year Cowie is taking nothing for granted in the season opener.

“There are no more whipping boys in this league, every match is going to be tough.

“We’re happy to be at home in the first game but, that being said, our home form last season was below par and it’s something we’re going to have to improve on this season.”

The Broch boss is also predicting another three horse race for the title this season after Brora, Formartine and Cove opened up a gap on the rest of the league last year.

“The big three will be up there again and fighting it out for the title but I also think Buckie will be a team to watch this year.”