Fraserburgh boss wary as Buckie Thistle gear up for Bellslea visit

Fraserburgh's Paul Young in action.

Fraserburgh assistant boss James Duthie reckons the Broch will have to be at their best when Buckie visit Bellslea tomorrow.

Duthie’s second-placed side won 9-0 against Fort William in the league cup last week and will take on a Jags side who have lost their last two games.

However, Thistle inflicted one of the Broch’s few defeats at Victoria Park in October (4-1).

Duthie said: “What happened that day happened – we didn’t perform well.

“Buckie came off a heavy defeat from Cove and deserved to win.

“We had Paul Young – probably unjustly – sent off, but I don’t think that had much bearing on the score.

“Tomorrow we’ll have to be at our best. They’re the champions.

“To try to maintain second place is important, but there’s nothing much between the top seven or eight teams and on their day anybody can beat anybody.”

Bryan Hay and Lewis Davidson will return from suspension to boost the Broch squad.

Meanwhile, Thistle boss Graeme Stewart is in the midst of an injury crisis.

He said: “We definitely can beat Fraserburgh again.

“But we’re going through a tough patch and we’ve only got 11 players fit for Saturday.

“It’s going to be difficult.”

Ceiran McLean is back from suspension for Buckie tomorrow, but Jay Cheyne is banned, while Hamish Munro, Lewis MacKinnon, Shaun Wood, Craig Cowie, Kevin Fraser, John McLeod and Sam Urquhart are all out long-term.

Craig Dorrat, Stuart Taylor and John Maitland could all miss out with knocks.