Superb Fraserburgh too much for travelling Keith

Scott Barbour celebrates his first against Keith on Saturday.
Scott Barbour celebrates his first against Keith on Saturday.

Two Bellslea heroes secured helped cement an impressive 4-0 win over Keith in the Highland League last weekend, seeing Fraserburgh rise to 10th in the table.

A stuttering start to the season had seen the Burgh fail to find a win following their opening day victory over Nairn County, losing in their next three Highland League games.

Three straight wins now, one in the Scottish Cup, mean that the Broch is back on track to fight for a place in the top-half of the Highland League table.

Helping that cause, no doubt, has been the return of Scott Barbour to the side, the winger-come-striker having missed several games due to work commitments, and the fine form of Willie West who, of late, has found himself playing from the middle of the park.

West opened the scoring on Saturday with a bundling effort that saw both the ball and himself pass through the goalmouth before, in the second-half, Barbour netted two of his own and saw West pinch another from the Maroons’ goalkeeper.

There was a second-half scare, however, when Johnny Chalmers saw himself clattered by a strong Keith challenge, forcing the young midfielder off the pitch.

Speaking after the game, assistant manager Mike Cormack said that Chalmers was, fortunately, fine.

Speaking on Barbour, Cormack said: “It just shows how we’ve missed [him] at the start of the season. We’ve got him back now and he’s looking like scoring every week.

“We defended well, we’ve kept a clean sheet again. That’s pelasing because it’s been two hard fought games, one against Forres, and the next against Keith,” Cormack added on the game itself.

Fraserburgh will now go a week without Highland League football before returning to action on Saturday, October 12, to the Bellslea when they will host Strathspey Thistle.

This Saturday, the Burgh play Edinburgh City away in the second round of the Scottish Cup.