Fraserburgh maintain form

It may not have been a classic encounter, but it is certainly an impressive three points gathered by Fraserburgh, as two second half goals gave them a win over last season’s Cup Final adversaries Nairn County.

A sluggish match then came to life when Mark Cowie fired home the opening goal before youngster Steven Davidson wrapped up the victory with his first goal for the club, keeping the home side in the hunt for that inspiring third place finish.

A scrappy opening to the game saw little in the way of chances.

However, Ross Naismith created an opening for Paul McLeod out wide, but he could only screw his strike well wide after galloping into the penalty area.

Both Courtney Cooper and Steven MacKay came close for their respective sides with curling efforts in what had been an otherwise dull encounter, and the frustration was clear to see on both managers faces, but Nairn in the all-blue kit came closest to opening the scoring.

The ball eventually found its way through to Robbie Duncanson at the corner of the penalty area, he lofted a dipping effort towards goal that looked to have beaten Paul Leask but William West made the interception, heading the ball to safety before MacKay could latch onto the ball at the back post.

Allan Hale then produced a slight spark at the tail end of the first half.

Squeezing past the challenge of a couple of County defenders he managed to get some power behind his long-range effort but it proved a straight forward save for Callum Donaldson in the away side’s goal.

The beginning of the second-half appeared to give off the similar listless vibe that had been present in the initial 45.

However, the match eventually caught alight on the hour mark.

Marc Dickson had to exit the field of play after suffering a facial injury, leaving Fraserburgh temporarily a man down, albeit it surprisingly seemed to work in their favour.

A simple route one ball from Paul Leask managed to drop through to Mark Cowie, his driving, forward run seeing him take the ball around the keeper, Donaldson, and place it into an empty net.

Now a goal ahead, Fraserburgh began to enjoy the wealth of possession, and although Donaldson did not have a particular busy afternoon, the home side looked more than comfortable sitting on the one goal advantage against a seemingly toothless Nairn side.

The points were then sealed for the Broch just under 15 minutes from time, with Steven Davidson scoring his first goal for the club on his home debut.

A cross from Graham Johnston found the run of Davidson.

His header at the back post cannoned off the underside of the crossbar but then squirmed over the line after a vital touch from Donaldson, giving Davidson a dream start to his Fraserburgh career just four minutes after his introduction.