Late winner gives Burgh win over Wick Academy

Russell McBride clears the ball from his half against Turriff.
Russell McBride clears the ball from his half against Turriff.

A late winner from captain turned provider Russell McBride was enough to send Wick Academy back down the road empty handed on a windy Saturday afternoon last week.

Wick had tested the Broch against the wind in the first-half, but still found themselves trailing for much of the game, until an equaliser for 2-2 put the game in real jeopardy for the home side.

Fraserburgh had been the far superior team, admittedly, over the 90 minutes, but blustery conditions meant the game was far from the flowing football both sides are capable of producing, games across the North-east feeling the effects of a particularly rough day.

Peter Alexander Bruce would put the Burgh ahead, however, less than 20 minutes into proceedings, the on-form striker, who looks to have finally found his feet after an unsuccessful spell with Peterhead, finishing past Michael Gray with a measured finish in the box.

Willie West doubled the advantage on the 34th minute, again from close proximity, to leave Gray stranded between the sticks.

Four minutes later, however, Wick were to find themselves in with a chance of finding something from what had been a trying game so far, Lukasz Geruzel pulling a goal back from a header.

After the restart, Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter would have felt as if his side’s hard work had been undone when Sam Mackay fired Wick level, a thunderous drive finding the back of Paul Leask’s net on 70 minutes.

Having rung the changes to bring on Johnny Chalmers as Hunter looks to give the midfielder more minutes as he heads back to fitness, Chalmers having spent several weeks on the sidelines, the game went into injury time.

And it was Chalmers who would prove to be the decisive difference, setting up his captain, McBride, to score the latest goal in the Highland League thus far this season at 96 minutes, heading the ball past Gray.

The game ended 3-2, the Burgh adding a vital three points to their Highland League charge, now placed 11th with three games in hand over nearest rivals Turriff United.

Fraserburgh’s next scheduled game in the Highland League takes place on Saturday, December 21, against Cove Rangers.

This is an away tie, kick-off set for 3pm. There is no supporters bus scheduled for this game. Future bus information can be found at www.goo.gl/fo6K3x.