Bruce goal cements fifth for Fraserburgh

PA Bruce.
PA Bruce.

A Peter Alexander Bruce header has confirmed Fraserburgh’s fifth place status for the close of the Highland League, the Burgh holding a significant goal advantage over the chasing pack.

Attack has been the best form of defence for Kris Hunter’s side this term, with strikers PA Bruce and Scott Barbour forming a deadly partnership which has terrorised the league for most of the season.

But they left it late to confirm a win over Keith on Saturday, the Maroons scoring two goals in as many minutes to flatten the mood of a visiting Burgh support.

With the Highland League campaign winding down, and a Scottish Cup run beginning to show signs of wear on a young side, teams who would have been likely swept aside by Hunter’s pacey, attacking side have begun to find gaps in an often makeshift back four.

In what was a scrappy game, Grant Noble made the breakthrough 10 minutes before half-time, the Burgh striker finding a way to bundle the ball past Keith ‘keeper Daniel Bell.

A nightmare two minutes in the second-half, however, looked to have relegated Fraserburgh to their tenth loss of the season.

The Maroons had went into the second-half with a firm grasp on proceedings, the home crowd perhaps working in their favour, and, just before the hour mark, they made their presence known.

A rocket of a shot from 20-yards out saw Stuart Massie beat Scott Cowe in the Burgh goal before, two minutes later, Matty McDonald was on hand to capitalise on a Russell McBride slip to place the ball into the bottom corner.

Not one to rest on his laurels, however, McBride brought the visitors to parity.

The veteran centre back, who is always a presence in the opposition box come set-pieces, made amends for his earlier mistake when he picked up a fluffed corner clearance to leave home hopes of a comeback shattered.

From then, the game looked to be headed for a draw, a result that would have likely been a fair reflection on how Keith had fought their way back into the game. Hungry for goals, however, Bruce clinched all three points for the Burgh with his late winner two minutes from time. Picking up an inch-perfect Barbour cross, Bruce used his head to knock the ball through a helpless Bell.

Three points confirmed, the Burgh play and host their final game of the season this Saturday against Strathspey.