Broch win in six goal game

Fraserburgh scored four goals to take three points from Cove Rangers
Fraserburgh scored four goals to take three points from Cove Rangers

Fraserburgh took a well earned three points from 2nd place Cove Rangers in a six goal extravaganza at Bellsea Park.

In what was the first Highland League game to played at Bellsea on a Sunday in Fraserburgh’s 106-year history, the Borch started the game confidently and took the lead in the 11th minute.

The ball broke to Chalmers on the edge of the box and he clipped his shot high past goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie for the opener.

Due to the injury of Fraserburgh forward Graham Johnston, veteran centre half Rusell McBride moved into attack, with Willie West moving back to central defence.

It was an effective choice, as McBride was consistently a danger to Cove’s defence.

Fraserburgh doubled their lead with less than half an hour played when a Ryan Cowie cross was headed by Marc Dickson into the back of the net.

Cove bounced straight back into the game when Blair Yule’s 20-yard drive took a deflection and saw the away side claw back a goal.

After the half-time break, it took just nine minutes for Broch to extend their lead again when Marc Lawrence volleyed a Chalmers cross into the goal.

In the 75th minute, Fraserburgh put the game beyond Cove with their fourth goal when Grant Noble scored from four yards.

In the last minute Cove’s Daniel Park scored an impressive curled strike from a free-kick, ending the game 4-2.

Broch manager Mark Cowie was delighted, but wants consistency.

“We can compete with and beat the best teams in the league,” he said, “but in games against so-called lesser teams, we end up struggling.”

He added: “We told the players they had to go back to basics.

“They were told not to worry about tactics, just work hard and see where that would take us.

“I don’t think anyone can argue with the result.”

Fraserburgh’s next game is against Clachnacuddin on Saturday, January 2.