Montrose test next for Burgh in Scottish Cup

The team celebrate their second-round triumph.
The team celebrate their second-round triumph.

Following their second round win, Fraserburgh have set up another home tie in the Scottish Cup, this time to semi-professional side Montrose.

The League Two outfit are currently enjoying a run of fine form in the third tier of Scottish football, having recorded three wins in their last four games.

The Gable Endies have also already beaten North-east competition this season, recording a 2-1 win over Peterhead in their league back in September.

Since then, they have went on an unbeaten run, brushing aside both Clyde (3-0) and Dalbeattie Star (1-0).

The Broch, however, are also experiencing some title-chasing form of their own, the Bellslea side having not lost a game since August, scoring 15 goals between then and now, and should provide enough competition across the park to match Montrose for 90 minutes.

The third round of the Scottish Cup is scheduled to be played on Saturday, November 2, at 3pm across the country. Fraserburgh’s game will be played at Bellslea Park.

First, though, the Broch will be plunged straight back into their Highland League duties, manager Kris Hunter now finding himself with the pleasant problem of both guiding the Broch in third round outing - their first since the 1950s - and ensuring he keeps a steady eye on the Broch’s bread and butter, the league.

Speaking ahead of this Saturday’s game against Deveronvale, the Broch’s first in the Highland League for over a fortnight, Hunter explained the position the team found themselves in and the previous round of the Scottish Cup.

On last Saturday’s game, Hunter said: “I thought we worked really hard and the commitment and the desire from the players was good.

“I still think we could have played, probably, better. Football-wise, I still thought we were a wee bit nervous, we didn’t pass the ball as well as we can.

“I think that was down to nerves and players being afraid to get on the ball just with the importance of the game.”

He added: “The main thing was to get the win and get into the next round, and it’s been a while coming,” remarking on how, after the game, people had told him that the time the Broch had secured a berth in the third round of the Scottish Cup was in 1956.

“It’s great for the players,” he commented.

Turning his attention to the Highland League, Hunter revealed that changes to the squad were likely.

“They’re off the back of an excellent result down at Linlithgow. It’s always difficult, Banff, as well, it’s never been a good place for Fraserburgh to get anything from, so we’ll need to go there and try and change that.

“We’ve both done well to reach the third round and now you’ve got to turn your attention to the league,” Hunter said.

A Fraserburgh Football Club Supporters Club bus for the Deveronvale game will leave the harbour office at 1:30pm for the 3pm kick-off at Princess Royal Park.