Burgh back to winning ways with three at Huntly

Scott Barbour.
Scott Barbour.

Fraserburgh overcame a small bump in the road last weekend to get back into the way of winning things, scoring three past a mid-table Huntly side.

Fraserburgh’s last win at Christie Park came back in 2008, when the scoreline was the same, something the travelling Burgh support will hope repeats itself sooner rather than later.

An industrious Broch performance again saw Willie West take his place in the midfield, his efforts this season something of a driving force in providing the magic for the Broch’s push in the Scottish Cup and Highland League, respectively.

Clearly over whatever niggle West had been experiencing, which manager Kris Hunter had commented on previously, saying the player had looked drained of energy on occasion, he was again in fine form to score a first-half effort when Ryan Cowie played a sublime ball from a free-kick which found West’s head.

Scottish Cup hero Grant Noble then, in the second-half, put the Burgh further ahead with a chipped effort following a defensive horror show at the back for Huntly, Michael Hart and Michael Clark each failing to clear the ball before the Brocher latched onto it to finish with style.

The game was effectively over in the 85th minute, when Barbour, who has been causing problems for defences all season, beat two men on his way to the box before squaring it off to strike partner Peter Alexander Bruce, who slotted the ball into the back of the net.

A consolation goal for Huntly came when Andrzej Kleczkowski reduced the deficit almost instantly, the substitute converting his 10th strike of the season, but any hopes of a memorable fightback had long since evaporated.

Fraserburgh had previously gone two games without a win before Saturday’s victory at Christie Park.

Not half-way through the season yet, and with games in hand due to their brave exploits in the Scottish Cup, there will be sections among the Broch support that may believe a late push against the likes of this season’s big boys could materialise.

They will first, however, have to overcome a visit from Clachnacuddin, the Inverness side having a season to forget in comparison to the Burgh. They are currently on nine points after 14 games, their goal difference -10 to the Broch’s one.

Kick-off on Saturday, at the Bellslea, is scheduled for 3pm.