Hunter calm on Inverurie loss, but rues ‘soft’ penalty

John Chalmers picked up the sponsor's Man of the Match award in a losing effort.
John Chalmers picked up the sponsor's Man of the Match award in a losing effort.

Fraserburgh Football Club manager Kris Hunter was left ruing a penalty decision he branded soft last Saturday, Inverurie Loco Works beating the home team 2-0.

The Locos were awarded a second-half penalty after Marc Dickson had slipped in the box and, subsequently, met the ball with his hand, the resulting spot kick leaving Hunter baffled.

“We should have had a penalty in the first-half when Scott Barbour was taken down. They’ve got one, I thought, which was very soft,” the manager said post-match.

He added that he was baffled at how the foul could have been branded deliberate, but did not take anything away from the visitors.

“It’s disappointing that we’ve lost our unbeaten run, but I don’t think we deserved too much out of the game.

“Inverurie defended a lot better than us, especially in the first-half when we’ve had the wind at our backs.

“We were poor going forward today, which is unusual,” he former Turriff man commented.

Fraserburgh’s attacking players had been marked heavily by the Inverurie defence for much of the game, leaving little room for the likes of Scott Barbour and Graham Johnston to make an impact on the game.

The win for Inverurie, meanwhile, means that the Locos will have a chance to halt any celebrations Brora Rangers may have planned for next week, the Harlaw Park side hosting the League leaders on February 15.

Brora Rangers, four points clear at the top of the table, will be hopeful that, with four games in hand over second placed Nairn County, a win over Inverurie will be enough to see them push too far in front for any of the chasing pack to possibly catch up.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Fraserburgh are scheduled to travel to Strathspey Thistle. The Bellslea Park side will be hoping to finish as high as they can in this season’s Highland League while also keeping a steady eye on the opportunity to pick up some silverware in the form of the Highland League Cup.