Broch sides of seasons gone by would have probably succumbed to the pressure of Turriff’s persistent assault on their goal, but Kris Hunter has found himself a backline to depend upon.
With Ryan Christie unlikely to make an appearance for the Burgh in the foreseeable future, having damaged his foot early into the season, the likes of Russell McBride, Scott Fowlie, Bryan Hay, and Stephen Main revealed on Saturday why the Bellslea is still a safe place to defend a lead from.
Having gone ahead through a fine individual effort from Scott Barbour, the Broch defended their lead for 80 minutes under testing circumstances, John Chalmers receiving his marching orders in the second-half to put the pressure on Hunter’s side.
But it was Turriff who found themselves struggling to find away into the game, Fowlie, sporting a Terry Butcher-esque headband for the game, working the flanks to lure Turriff wide, while Main and McBride tidied threats to their ‘keepers goal.
Speaking on the overall performance of his side on Saturday, assistant manager Mike Cormack said that while the sending off had disturbed the midfield, Barbour had helped alleviate the pressure through his Man of the Match performance.
“Fig was a thorn in their side all day. The biggest advantage we had on Saturday was the fact that [he] was holding the ball up so well, it gave us a chance to regroup and get our shape again.”
He added: “The whole back four and our ‘keeper were outstanding. It was a great team effort.”
Cormack had been in the Broch dugout for the game while manager Hunter took to the stands to get a better scope on the Turriff formation and the game itself, shouting instructions to the players as the game progressed.
The Broch’s next Highland League game against Formartine United on Saturday, November 9, at Bellslea Park. Kick-off for the fixture is scheduled for 3pm.