Meanwhile, they battered Cove Rangers last week

Scott Barbour in action against Cove Rangers.
Scott Barbour in action against Cove Rangers.

Scott Barbour and Peter Alexander Bruce were the deciding factors in a 5-1 victory over Cove Rangers last Wednesday night.

Barbour and Bruce, who have regularly linked up this season to provide the bulk of Fraserburgh’s goals, played the travelling Allan Park side off the Bellslea on March 19.

The tie, which was free to attend after the last meeting of the sides was called off at half-time, also saw Scott Cowe, who has been given a solid run of games, and impressed, relinquish his position to the returning Paul Leask in goal.

Cove were put to the sword almost immediately after the first whistle, Bruce making a surging run - after the Burgh were forced to play into the Station end when Cove won the coin toss - down the centre of the park to blast the ball past Shaun Barney, a goalkeeper who will be keen to put Wednesday night’s performance firmly behind him.

Barbour then got on the scoresheet after intelligent work in the box to pass a defence that included Chris Clark and Dean Lawrie, slotting the ball home.

They exchanged scoring duties once more before the end of the first half, Bruce scoring on 35 minutes and Barbour on 37, to leave Cove trailing by four goals going into the second-half, and leaving many supporters of the Burgh vocally questioning the strength of Cove Rangers.

After the break, Stuart Walker pulled one back for the visitors with more than an hour played, but any chance of a heroic comeback were quelled when Bruce, completing his hat-trick, once more left Barney helpless.