Fraserburgh had not played a competitive fixture since a 1-0 win over Lossiemouth on March 21 going into Saturday’s game.
Inverurie Locos on the other hand had come of the back of three wins in as many weeks and made it four by leaving Bellslea with a 3-1 win.
The match was Mark Cowie’s first since taking over as manager from Kris Hunter and goals from Martin Laing and Jordan Leyden (2) made it a debut to forget for the new gaffer.
Marc Dickson blazed a penalty kick over the cross bar while Broch were 1-0 down which could have changed the game.
Graham Johnston scored from a free kick to deny Locos a clean sheet.
The new manager says he felt the fixtures list had an impact on the game but couldn’t deny locos were deserved winners.
“The guys weren’t sharp enough on Saturday, they were second to every ball and looked lethargic at times.
“That’s just the way the league is though we have to except it and deal with the way the fixtures work.”
Broch highest possible league finish now is fifth, which they will achieve by beating Fort William in the final game of the season.
“Given where we are and the teams around us in the league it would be a respectable place to finish.
“For us though, going into any season we want to be challenging on all fronts including the league and finishing higher.
“It’s draws that have hurt us this season, if we could have turned our draws into wins we’d have been right up their.
“We already have one trophy this season and are in the chance of another so overall I’d be happy with fifth.”
Cowie also said that when it comes to finals form goes out the window.
“Cup games are one off fixtures.
“The boys know that they weren’t good enough against locos and I’m now hoping for a reaction from them.”
The Fraserburgh FC supporters club will be running a bus to the final at Banff on Saturday. The bus will leave from the Elizabethan Bar at 1:15pm but it will not pick up at the Harbour Office on our way to the match. Entry to the bus is by ticket only and they can be purchased from committee members.