Huntly stunned as Broch take win

BARBOUR: Scott Barbour celebrates his winner late in the second-half.
BARBOUR: Scott Barbour celebrates his winner late in the second-half.

Fraserburgh came from behind with two goals in short succession to close the gap on the early leaders of the Highland League, keeping all three points in the Bellslea contest.

With the Broch’s games in hand over most of the top-half, the victory means that the season may have finally kicked-off for Kris Hunter’s side, who currently in eleventh place.

The Broch took the lead early on in the home tie in controversial fashion, William West firing in an effort from the left wing, his ball cannoning off of the bar and into the goalkeepers hands.

Wayne Cusiter, assistant refereeing the game, ruled that the ball had crossed the line before the Huntly man captured it, awarding the Broch a 1-0 lead with no more than 15 minutes played.

Huntly, clearly not bemoaning the need for goal-line technology in the Highland League, struck back shortly after, levelling the scores at 1-1.

Huntly’s Grant Campbell, with cross into the heart of the Broch’s defence, finding Andrzej-Slawomir Kleczkowski to slam the ball into the back of the net.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Kleczkowksi was again on hand to cause further problems for the Broch’s defensive line.

Sent forward with a neat ball by Adam Naismith, Kleczkowski finished the move with ease, guiding the ball into the corner of the Broch goal for his second of the game, sending Huntly into the second-half with the lead.

Huntly continued to lead throughout the second-half, a Broch fightback looking unlikely until Scott Barbour was fouled just outside of the box with the game nearing the final whistle.

Stepping up to take the free-kick, Graham Johnston rifled in a ball which hit the inside of the post before crossing the line to, once more, tie the scores.

Scott Barbour, who has often been on hand to provide the goals for the Broch this season, sealed the Broch’s win just minutes later.

Running beyond the Huntly defence, Barbour poked the ball past Shaun Barney in the Huntly goal to send Fraserburgh in front, the Broch holding onto their lead as the final seconds ticked away.

The win see’s Kris Hunter’s side begin December as they mean to go on, a positive run of results offering the chance for Fraserburgh to begin their climb up the Highland League table as the New Year approaches.

Fraserburgh will travel to play Fort William for the next Highland League fixture, on December 8.