Hunter likes third round to cup final for the Burgh

Scott Barbour caused Turriff United problems on Saturday.
Scott Barbour caused Turriff United problems on Saturday.

Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter spoke to us about how last weekend went for his side, the Broch going ahead and then defending their lead despite going a man down.

Hunter also spoke about this weekend’s coming William Hill Scottish Cup third round tie against Montrose and how the team will be preparing for the occasion.

The Broch manager had watched the Turriff game from the stands last weekend, the former United manager keeping an eye on how the game panned out throughout the 90 minutes.

In the second-half, it looked as if Scott Barbour’s first-half goal looked to have been in vain after John Chalmers found himself in the referee’s book and dismissed for a questionable tackle which saw him win the ball before bringing down a Turriff player.

However, Hunter was pleased with how his side responded, holding out to secure the three points in front of their home support.

“I thought the defence was well marshalled by Russell, I thought they kept their shape pretty well.

“They didn’t get dragged out of position a lot, they did what we expect of them,” Hunter said.

He added: “They were very switched on, and they had to be, because Turriff’s strikers are pretty nippy, but they had a good line about them as well.They didn’t get pushed too far forward.

“Between the four of them, they’ve got, probably, a thousand appearances for the Broch, so you would imagine we did have enough experience in there.”

The manager also praised Barbour’s efforts in the game, saying that even being marked by three Turriff players, they found it tough to cope with the Broch youngster.

Montrose will now be the next test for Hunter’s in-form side, the third round of the Scottish Cup to be played at Bellslea Park on Saturday afternoon.

“To me it’s our first cup final of the season. It’s a massive game for us and is something the players are looking forward to.

“A lot of them haven’t played at this stage in the Scottish Cup before.

“It should be a great crowd. When we get big crowds like that they know what’s at stake, and they always rise to the occasion. They always seem to push the players on,” Hunter commented.

On the game itself, he said: “It’s something known, it’s a third division team, but the pressure’s on them to progress into the next round. We’re at home, and we’re delighted to be at home, but they’ve got to come and try and get a result here where we know how to play.

“It’s a one-off for us and anything can happen in the Scottish Cup. If they don’t turn up and we play out of our skins, then you never know.

“The players certainly aren’t afraid of what Saturday brings. I think they’re really looking forward to it.”

Montrose visit Bellslea Park on Saturday, November 2,for a 3pm kick-off. Entry for the game is £8 for adults, £4 concessions, and there is a £1 fee for the stands.