Burgh stay sixth with second-half winner

John Chalmers.
John Chalmers.

Fraserburgh remained in sixth place in the Highland League this week with a second-half winner proving to be enough to see off struggling side Nairn County.

The win keeps Fraserburgh on track in the early stages of the season to maintain a challenge for a grip on the top-half of the table going into September.

Nairn, however, remain rooted to the foot of the Highland League having failed to pick up a point in any of their first three matches, shipping six goals in return. Only Fort William and Huntly, also on zero points, are below the County men by virtue of a poorer goal difference.

Commenting on the win, Fraserburgh Football Club manager Kris Hunter said: “I think we deserved to win in the end, but we weren’t our usual selves in the first-half.

“We were slow to everything - probably lacklustre.

“We’re still not playing to our full potential yet, but we’re certainly grinding out results.”

Peter Alexander Bruce continued in his fine form with an early opener on the second minute to send the Burgh into the ascendency, the game played a high pace with the Burgh’s attacking force putting the County’s defence to the test.

However, Robbie Duncanson looked to have rescued a point from the game for his side no less than three minutes later, his equaliser beating Scott Cowe who continued in goal for Fraserburgh in the absence of Paul Leask.

Into the second-half, the Burgh looked for a way to regain the lead, the chance falling to midfield youngster John Chalmers.

Since breaking his duck last season, the midfield man has proven to be a threat whenever he’s found himself in a position to shoot, the Brocher having no difficulty, this time, in dispatching an inch perfect spot-kick from 12 yards following a Glenn Main foul on PA Bruce.

Hunter added, on Chalmers, who scored his first goal for the club last season: “I think once you break your duck you go on and get a bit more confident.

“Johnny was the first one to grab the ball on Saturday and wanted to take the penalty. It’s a great quality to have in such a young player.

“It’s a hard thing to do, and you need people who’ve got a bit of belief, and Johnny certainly has that.”

Fraserburgh will now prepare to face Forres Mechanics at the weekend, hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to this year’s Highland League campaign.