Manager has say on Broch’s Scottish Cup draw

Having brought a solid contingent of Broch supporters to the game in Edinburgh, the supporters club played their part in raising the spirits of their side in the 4-4 draw with Edinburgh City.

Over 30 people game to support the Broch, a number impressive when taking into account the early morning start and the distance travelled via bus.

Scott Barbour found chances limited on Saturday against Edinburgh City.

Scott Barbour found chances limited on Saturday against Edinburgh City.

As well as laying on hospitality before the game kicked-off, the supporters club made the away affair seem like a home tie, the Brochers making the most noise when it came time for game proper to begin.

It is this level of support which could prove the difference in the replay this Saturday.

During the game at Ainslie Park, away from the chanting of the Broch support, there were two other pitches being used by members of the public, whistles from separate referees heard throughout the game.

Bellslea Park, which is a football ground of its own, will not see a repeat of the Edinburgh atmosphere.

Fraserburgh FC manager Kris Hunter spoke with us on at the side’s training session this week. On the game, he said: “I don’t think the surface suited us that great, possibly there was some nerves as well.

“But, overall, I think that with the journey and the surface we had to play on, I think that that the players found it hard to adapt.

“Defensively, it was probably the poorest we’ve been all season.

“The players are disappointed in the way they’ve conceded the goals.

“It’s not like us, previously we’ve had two clean sheets, but that’s just football. You make mistakes at every level and we made a few mistakes on Saturday, and got punished for it,” he added.

Speaking on the replay taking place in the Broch, Hunter commented: “They’re better than the reports we got. They surprised me a wee bit in the way they played and the way they still came at us in the second-half, because I thought they would tire.

“We know it’ll be difficult on Saturday, but hopefully with the crowd, and getting back to playing on the Bellslea, it’ll suit is a lot better.”

The full interview with Hunter is available to view online at The Fraserburgh Herald’s website:

On Monday, it was revealed that the winner of this Saturday’s second round replay will host Scottish League Two side Montrose.

Play-off hopefuls Montrose are flying high in the third division of Scottish football following impressive wins against Broch rivals Peterhead and Clyde, respectively.

On the draw, Hunter told us: “You definitely do look at what you’ve got in the next round, but, no, we’ve got to take care of Saturday.

“We need to be professional on Saturday and take care of that first before we can look any further,” he rallied.

The Bellslea will play host Edinburgh City this Saturday, October 12, for a 3pm kick-off.