Burgh convincing in Forres win ahead of Cup

Graham Johnston takes a free-kick against Forres in the first-half.
Graham Johnston takes a free-kick against Forres in the first-half.

Fraserburgh were back on track in the Highland League with a 2-0 win over Forres Mechanics last weekend, ending a winless run that had plagued them since their opening day win.

Still without Scott Barbour, who has since returned to the fold after work commitments, the Broch controlled from the off and limited their visitors to snatched chances in either half.

The confident performance saw manager Kris Hunter praise his side’s work ethic throughout their difficult run of form.

Speaking to us at training on Monday night, Hunter said it was “pleasing that we seem to have a wee bit of confidence back and the players played a lot of good football with the changes we had to make,” explaining that the team has yet to field the same starting eleven this season.

“I could never see [Forres] scoring,” he added.

As for his own side, Hunter explained that the players had perhaps shown their critics what they are capable of at their best.

“They’ve been knocked a couple of occasions this season, but they’ve shown what they’re capable of on Saturday,” he said.

Saturday’s game itself was opened by a minutes silence for former Fraserburgh player John Duthie who had recently passed.

“Everybody connected with the club was disappointed when it happened.

“We wanted to win the game particularly for him,” Hunter said.

Their three points in the bag, Fraserburgh will look to enjoy their Scottish Cup first round game against Civil Service Strollers this Saturday, kicking-off at 3pm.

Of the game, Hunter told us: “We need to take care of the games as they come.

“I’m looking forward to it, and I hopefully so are the players.

“We can maybe try and get a wee run together because it’ll be great for the club, but it would be great for the town if we could manage to get a couple of great ties at the Bellslea and it’s what you always dream of to play in the national cup.

“Hopefully the players are up for that as well because that’s the time time to make history.

“I think its one that they should take their chance and relish it come Saturday,” he added.

As a result of the weekend’s action, Brora are currently on top of the Highland League with six wins from six, thrashing Lossiemouth 6-0 at home on Saturday.