Burgh squad ready for new League season

PA Bruce is looking forward to doing well in the Highland League this season.
PA Bruce is looking forward to doing well in the Highland League this season.

Fraserburgh players are looking forward to the new Highland League season and, with it, the chance to challenge for trophies.

We recently caught up with some of the squad at the Bellslea who told us what their personal highlights from the last campaign were.

A recurring theme amongst them was the Scottish Cup run which saw the Burgh ultimately knocked out at the fourth round. Buoyed by that showing, however, the young squad are ready to pick themselves up and go again.

“The highlight from last season was probably our Scottish Cup run,” the Burgh’s top scorer, Scott Barbour, told us, adding that, this season, he was looking forward to challenging for the Highland League title.

The two-time young player of the year was joined in his sentiments by many in the club, assistant manager Mike Cormack suggesting that his season’s aims were to have another run in the Cup and to finish even higher in the Highland League.

His strike partner, Peter Alexander Bruce, was more specific in his own, personal highlights.

“Montrose in the Scottish Cup,” he told us.

The Montrose game had, arguably, been the turning point of the Burgh’s season, a late goal seeing mass celebration on the touchline at the Bellslea, an atmosphere that had been described as electric.

“This season coming, I’m looking forward to the Scottish Cup again and hopefully doing well in the League,” he added.

The new Highland League campaign will, of course, feature the added excitement of a potential play-off to gain entry into the Scottish Football League, the top club from the Highland League set to play the top club from the Lowland League over two legs before heading into a second two-leg fixture against the bottom club in League Two.

The play-off is reliant on the winners of either the Highland League or Lowland League being able to meet the entry requirements for the Scottish Football League.