Fraserburgh boys fail to deal with 10-man Keith

Peter Bruce celebrates his opener for the Broch.
Peter Bruce celebrates his opener for the Broch.

Fraserburgh continued to lose ground in the Highland League last weekend when they slumped to a 3-2 defeat, having went ahead in the first half-hour. The Broch have now failed to find a winner since their January 5 tie Buckie Thistle.

The Broch started the game well, however, with on-loan Peterhead forward Peter Bruce put the home side ahead with his effort on 23 minutes.

Bruce, who had previously spent a term on loan at the Highland League club last season, took his chance well when, from 20-yards, he fired in a shot that hit the crossbar before finding the back of the net.

But Keith, who themselves are in the middle of the table after a season that has seen them lose five on the road, hit back with authority in the minutes following Bruce’s goal. Sean Keith, on 22 minutes, found Bruce Raffel with a pass to allow the midfielder to neatly knocked the ball past the Broch’s Paul Leask to bring the sides level.

Within five minutes, however, the Maroons looked like they would have it all to do when William West was brought down with a two-footed challenge by on-loan defender Ross Campbell, the Keith player shown a straight red card for the foul.

But, before half-time, the game continues to be dictated by the 10-man Keith, Sean Keith finding the net before the break and his brother, Cammy Keith, converting with around 20 minutes to play after the restart.

The Broch’s second goal came from Marc Dickson, heading in a cross from the earlier fouled West on the 89th minute.

The result means that the Broch are 20 points adrift of current leaders Wick Academy, a lead that will take some beating to catch up with.

For the Broch, however, fans’ attentions will, most likely, turn to the Highland League Cup, their defence of the Aberdeenshire Shield coming to halt on Tuesday night when Buckie Thistle won the tie 4-3.

A match report is available online at www.fraserburghherald.co.uk.

Fraserburgh will now play Deveronvale in the Cup’s first round on March 16.

Before then, though, they will have to navigate themselves through the obstacles of Formartine United, Strathspey Thistle and even Deveronvale in the Highland League.