BROCH SETTLE FOR THE DRAW

Fraserburgh go close against Forres.
Fraserburgh go close against Forres.

Fraserburgh had to settle for a share of the spoils at Inverurie on Saturday.

The game started off brightly for the visitors when they took the lead just inside the four-minute mark.

Centre forward Steven Davidson found himself with plenty of space in the Locos box to head home a Graham Johnston cross, leaving goalkeeper Errol Watson helpless.

Watson redeemed himself shortly afterwards when he blocked a Grant Noble shot and Inverurie came close to levelling the game just before half time when Neil McLean’s free kick fell to defender Daniel Crisp whose headed effort hit the top of the crossbar.

However, the home fans didn’t have long to wait for the equaliser.

Attacker Colin Charlesworth vied for the ball in the box with Ryan Cowie.

The leftback tripped the midfielder allowing Andy Hunter to send Broch goalie Barbour the wrong way as he struck a beautiful penalty into the back corner of the net.

The sides battled out the remainder of the game without much excitement for the fans and both had to settle for a share of the points at 90 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Broch co-manager Mark Cowie said that it had been ‘end of season stuff’.

“I have to give the players full credit. They went out to play football on a firey pitch,” he said.

“I think we just about shaded the first half and they were better in the second half.

“I don’t have any complaints about the penalty award - it looked fine.

“I’m obviously disappointed not to have got a win at the end of the day, but a draw was probably fair,” he added.

Locos manager, Scott Buchan, said his side deserved to get something out of the game.

“We gave away a cheap goal but we did well to come back into the game and I think we deserved to get a point.

“There wasn’t much pretty football out there, but the pitch contributed to that.”

Fraserburgh next welcome Turriff Utd to Bellslea on Wednesday, April 13.