Broch in early season stumble

CHASED: The Broch chased the game at Wick following their Aberdeenshire Cup success.
CHASED: The Broch chased the game at Wick following their Aberdeenshire Cup success.

Just one week after lifting the Aberdeenshire Cup, Kris Hunter’s Broch side were brought crashing back down to the realities of the Highland League with a 4-1 defeat away to Wick Academy.

North met North-east at Harmsworth Park, the Broch seemingly powerless to build upon a thrilling Aberdeenshire Cup performance before falling to two late goals which effectively killed the league tie.

Fraserburgh, however, still have two games in hand to chase leaders Nairn County, finding themselves in an unflattering 11th position - a position which does not reflect the abilities of one of the best Broch sides of recent memory.

Wick took the lead early in their encounter with Fraserburgh, Gary Manson finishing a move started by Craig Shearer to guide a 20 yard lob over the head of Paul Leask and into the far corner of the net.

Zander Davidson, however, took the initiative for the Broch and looked to level the scoring, passing the ball beyond Wick’s Michael Gray before Grant Steven was able to get back into position and clear the threat.

The back and forth between the two sides continued until the dying embers of the first-half, the home side going two goals to the good with a fortunate diving header.

Paul Leask had been in fine form to prevent the initial effort from Gary Weir, the ball being sent wide to Michael Steven who, in turn, guided the ball back into the danger zone where Weir, again, had another go on target.

Meeting the ball with his head, it deflected off of the post and into the net for Wick’s second, sending the Broch into half-time with a mountain to climb.

At the restart, the Broch looked renewed, Fraserburgh talisman Scott Barbour making his contribution to the game and, again, finding his scoring touch.

Wick, however, looked to be having the better time of it half-way through the second-half, before a long ball caused problems for a relatively untested home defence.

Scott Barbour was on hand to relieve the back line of any problems they had with the ball, however, taking it past Michael Gray before slotting it into the back of the net for Fraserburgh’s only goal of the day.

A comeback would not have been ruled out had the Broch been able to pressure Wick into further mistakes, but it was the Broch who lost their cool following the goal.

Bryan Hay was given his marching orders for a tackle on Davie Allan, the resulting free-kick finding James Pickles who struck a piledriver across Paul Leask and into the goal for Wick’s third.

The game effectively over as a contest, the Broch gave up a fourth goal at the 90th minute, Richard Macadie chipping Leask to grab his goal.

Next up for the Broch is the Scottish Cup, where they will play host to Third Division side East Stirlingshire on September 29.

Fraserburgh Football Club have also recently announced that their sportsmen’s dinner, to be held October 20, will feature two guest speakers.

Former premiership referee Jeff Winter, now an after dinner speaker, pundit and author, will be joined by Paul Reid, a renowned guest speaker and football impressionist who has previously performed a speaking role at ‘An Evening with Sir Alex Ferguson’.

Hosted at the Tufted Duck Hotel, tables are priced at £400 per table of ten, or £40 per person.

To book, contact Ian Findlay on 0776 422 83 23.