Fraserburgh bounced back from a disappointing draw with Formartine last Wednesday to claim a convincing 4-0 win over Keith at Kynoch Park on Saturday.
As well as moving into third place in the league other good news emerged when Peterhead announced they would be pulling out of the Morrison Motor’s Aberdeenshire Shield due to fixture congestion giving Fraserburgh an automatic bye into the final where they will face the winner of Cove and Turiff.
The news will be pleasing as Fraserburgh now have a great chance of adding more silverware to go alongside the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup but equally will be disappointing to the fans who were looking forward to the atmosphere of the local derby match.
A double from Steven Davidson helped Fraserburgh to a comfortable win at Knynoch Park.
Davidson got the visitors off the mark with the opening goal after 14 minutes and Marc Dickson scored the crucial second from the penalty spot right on half-time.
The Broch were quick to put the game beyond Keith at the start of the second half, Davidson netting his second and Fraserburgh’s third in the 48th minute.
Former Keith youngster Aidan Combe completed a comfortable win for the visitors with goal number four just nine minutes later.
Next up for Fraserburgh will be a home game against Lossiemouth, who are sitting third bottom following a 7-0 demolition by league leaders Brora at the weekend, who have now scored a whopping 118 goals this season, 31 more than next highest scorers Fraserburgh.
Following Saturday’s match at Bellslea Kris Hunter’s side will travel South of Aberdeen to face Cove Rangers at Allan Park.
The match looks like it will go a long way to deciding which team will end the season as best of the rest in 3rd place while Brora and Turiff battle it out at the top.
The Broch’s next nearest challengers are Wednesday’s opponents and Wick who are placed fifth and fourth respectively.
Wick however, have three games in hand over Fraserburgh while only two points behind and Cove sit five points behind also with three games in hand.