West to the rescue as Burgh get back on track

William West.
William West.

A second-half goal from William West secured a win to put Fraserburgh Football Club back on track after last fortnight’s derailment at the hands of Inverurie Loco Works.

The Burgh were away to Strathspey Thistle last Saturday, the game surviving the anticipated rain and poor weather that had caused several postponements elsewhere in the Highland League.

With 10 places separating both sides, goals were to be expected. After coming from behind to put the Burgh fans on edge, Strathspey lost out on a share of the points thanks to the quick footwork of Fraserburgh’s ever-present West, the midfielder finding the only goal in the second-half to shore up all three points for the visitors.

Scott Barbour, meanwhile, had twice put the Burgh ahead in the game, the nimble youngster scoring from open play and then converting a penalty, respectively, between first-half equalisers from homesters John Ross and Garry Kerr.

The win sees Fraserburgh rise one place in the Highland League to sixth, Strathspey, adding to their collections of losses, remain second-bottom with just eight points for the season.

Next up for Fraserburgh is a home test against fifth-placed Deveronvale. The Banff club’s good start to the season has seen them quickly rise up the table, belying a goal difference of just 16.

Having fallen foul of the weather last Saturday, Deveronvale will be fresh from last fortnight’s 1-1 draw with nairn County. The New Year, however, has brought poor fortunes to the Vale’s form, with the club having only found one win since January 1.

Kick-off for the Fraserburgh Vs. Deveronvale game at Bellslea Park is scheduled for 3pm.