Broch share the spoils at Huntly

Stuck in: William West netted Fraserburghs equaliser. Picture by David Williamson
Stuck in: William West netted Fraserburghs equaliser. Picture by David Williamson

Fraserburgh mainted a good start to the season scoring two late goals to draw with Huntly.

In an end-to-end game with saw six goals scored, Huntly and Fraserburgh had to settle for a point each in an entertaining 3-3- draw.

Tough game: Broch's Zak Conway trying to beat Huntly Keeper. Picture by David Williamson

Tough game: Broch's Zak Conway trying to beat Huntly Keeper. Picture by David Williamson

The Broch netted twice in the dying minutes to deny the home team who had came from behind to go 3-1 up thanks to a Davie Booth second half hat trick.

Dave McGinlay went with the same starting eleven which saw off Fort William on the opening day but were forced into changes on the bench after Stephen Gauld went over his ankle at training while new keeper Barry Park was added to the bench.

Broch boss Kris Hunter also named an unchanged side and drafted in Scott Barbour for the first time on the subs bench while Marc Dickson returned into the squad.

Fraserburgh made a great start with when the opener came with less than a minute gone.

Neil Hastie did well to push a Graham Johnston shot towards the by-line but the striker quickly got to the loose ball and crossed back in for Allan Hale to score from close range.

Robert Morrice curled wide minutes later after cutting in from the right.

Seventeen minutes in and former Huntly trialist Paul Leask dive low to hold a Ross Naismith low effort after Michael Fyfe created.

On 25 minutes David Booth dropped wide and crossed for Ross Naismith who again came close with Leask low down to keep the drive out.

Michael Fyfe outpaced the veteran Russell McBride and cut back to Ross Naismith who was blocked before Paul Leask again denied David Booth on the rebound. Adam Naismith and Grant Campbell linked up down the Huntly right before picking out Booth at the back post whose header landed on the roof of the net.

Half-Time: Huntly 0 Fraserburgh 1

Three minutes into the half Brochs Leask was called into action when Huntly’s Michael Fyfe ran onto a Ross Naismith through ball but his effort failed to trouble Leask.

Winger Neale Davidson had caused problems with runs down the left wing and won his side a penalty when he was bundled over by Bryan Hay.

David Booth, who is in his fourth spell at Christie Park stepped up from the spot to find the bottom right corner and score only his second goal for Huntly.

Midway through the second half and some good defending at the back from the home side saw Mark Gray deny Hale with a defensive block.

Two minutes later, Neil Hastie kept up Graham Johnston who came close with a shot on the turn.

On 71 minutes, Grant Campbell’s crossed was not cleared by the Broch defence and Neale Davidson returned the ball in and David Booth got in front of his marker to finish at the front post.

Five minutes later Paul McCarthy made a goal-line clearance to keep out Bryan Hay’s header after the centre half pushed up for a set-piece.

In Dave McGinlay’s second spell in charge, he has got his side playing some good passing football and a quick passing move resulted in a third goal.

Ross Naismith won a challenge on the edge of the area before playing in Neale Davidson. Davidson’s cross was miss-hit by Steven Main into the path of David Booth and the striker completed his hat-trick tapping in to an empty net.

Fraserburgh would have a fight on their hands after letting their lead slip away with Huntly looking comfortable in the closing minutes.

Fraserburgh would not quit and were rewarded with Scott Barbour reducing the deficit on 88 minutes with a well struck volley that gave the Broch momentum to fight back.

The Broch made sure they would not leave empty handed and with virtually the last kick of the ball, William West struck a low show which rolled into the far post to give his side a share of the points.