They might not be singing anymore, Brora Rangers, as Fraserburgh Football Club put an end to an impressive winning streak that has lasted the whole of the Highland League season thus far.
With twelve games under their belt already in the League, Brora headed into match thirteen as the undeniable favourites, having well-beaten the Burgh back in August at the Bellslea.
However, with renewed belief back in the Burgh after a campaign that has seen them travel the length of the country to play in the Scottish Cup, Brora’s streak was just another challenge for the travelling side to overcome.
Kris Hunter, Fraserburgh’s manager, had told us ahead of the game: “You saw the quality that [Brora] assembled at their club, and it will be very hard to match them, but, on our day, we’re capable of beating anybody.”
Certainly, that’s what they have done. Having lost in the reverse fixture 4-1, after having been forced into making two changes to their back four in the first-half, through injuries, the Burgh came out of the gates facing the elements, Brora having the wind to their backs.
The Burgh, however, seemed unfazed, and would deny their hosts several times in the opening half to take anything but half-chances at their goal, Paul Leask who has, for months now, looking unbeatable as ever between the sticks.
Only one shot found itself on target for the home side, in fact, in the first 45 minutes, Alexander Sutherland challenging Leask from a long-range freekick, the keeper holding the ball with safe hands despite the wind.
A penalty appeal was dismissed by the referee in the second-half after Scott Barbour was brought down in the Brora box, but it mattered little, with Ryan Cowie finding the bottom corner of Joe Malin’s goal just a minute later.
Cowie had taken his chance from at least 25-yards out, the ball bouncing past the helpless keeper in what would be the only goal of the game.
The result will give the rest of the Highland League table a chance to catch up with Brora’s impressive 40 point tally over the remainder of the holidays, Formartine United now taking top spot, the Burgh in 10th.
Fraserburgh Football Club will return after Christmas with a home fixture against Cove Rangers on Saturday, December 28. Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 3pm. Cove are placed 7th, but, like the Burgh, have games in hand over the teams around them.