Fraserburgh Football Club ended their season in emphatic fashion, battering their end-of-season visitors 6-2 in their Highland League finale.
After a long season that had already seen the Burgh boys travel the length and breadth of the country for both the Scottish Cup and Highland League, Kris Hunter’s side knew that a win last Saturday would secure them their fifth place finish.
Standout performer for yet another game in the home side’s colours, Scott Barbour punished Strathspey’s back line from the off, netting a remarkable first-half hat-trick within 16 minutes to all but confirm the win.
A stubborn fightback from the visitors, however, saw them continue to carve out half-chances at Scott Cowe’s goal, the sides switching halves prior to kick-off after the coin toss.
Grant Noble, starting alongside Peter Alexander Bruce and Barbour in a three-pronged Burgh attack, would put the home side further ahead on 34 minutes, his calmly placed effort beating Kyle Robertson in the Strath goal.
A nightmarish three minutes threatened to spoil the day for Fraserburgh, though, with Strathspey pulling two goals back through Allan Fraser and Mark McKernie efforts on the 36th and 39th minutes, respectively.
Into the second-half, and still leading 4-2, roars of encouragement continued to billow from the Burgh’s natural, on-field leaders, Cowe, who has shined when given the opportunity to play between the sticks, in particular, making his voice heard in marshalling his back four.
Barbour, meanwhile, having already confirmed that the match ball was his, also barked words of encouragement to his peers. Within 15 minutes of the restart, it had evidently paid off, the youngster bringing his goal tally up to 38 for the season with 59 minutes on the clock.
The game all but over, there was a return to the fold for Steven Main as a second-half substitute, while John Willox and youngster Ryan Smart also made end-of-season appearances for the Burgh.
William West, playing in a more accustomed, advanced role after the reshuffle, added to Strathspey’s woes in added time when he scored the Burgh’s sixth.
The game ended Fraserburgh FC 6-2 Strathspey Thistle.
The referee for the game was Anthony Cooper, assisted by Stuart Monteith and Bob Inkster.