Broch leap-frog Turriff after Haughs battle

Both these sides came into Saturday’s game in a positive frame of mind.

Turriff were fresh from their 1-0 Scottish Cup win against Buckie Thistle, standing in their way was a Fraserburgh outfit who got the better of Lossiemouth last week winning 5-0.

There was an early chance for the Broch after Graham Johnston passed into Willie West but he could only lash a 20-yard effort which went just over the bar.

Fraserburgh kept pressing Turra back and had another chance after Steven Main made a cracking run down the right wing and then sent in a delightful ball which just evaded the onrushing Broch forwards.

Disaster struck for the home team in the 36th minute when their captain Dave McKenzie suffered a suspected broken ankle.

Play was held up for 25 minutes as he received treatment with the players returning to the dressing room during that time.

When play restarted the opening goal arrived within four minutes after a pass from Graham Johnston found Neil Main on the edge of the box and he managed to smash the ball into the roof of the net past Stephen Coutts in the Turra goal.

The hosts upped their game after the break and had a great chance five minutes into the second half after a fine ball from Stephen Gauld found Paul Campbell but Paul Leask was at full stretch to deny the ex Peterhead forward the equaliser.

Turriff were reduced to ten men in the 62nd minute

when referee Ryan Milne deemed a Richie Ligertwood challenge with Mark Cowie to beserious foul play and sent the midfielder away for an early shower.

Fraserburgh were already in front but nearly took advantage of the man bonus after Marc Dickson passed into Mark Cowie who then went on a mazy run and his effort just went wide of the left hand post.

The Broch had another chance after a corner in by Mark Cowie on the left hand side was met by Scott Fowlie but his header just flew over the bar.

It meant that with the game still in the balance there was the obligatory chance for the home team to grab a leveller.

Paul Campbell took the ball off Marc Dickson and then went on a mazy run but Leask was once again at full stretch to deny him as Fraserburgh held on to all three points.