Fraserburgh see off Clachnacuddin to close in on third place in Highland League

Mark Cowie.
Mark Cowie.

Fraserburgh boss Mark Cowie was pleased to see his players move a step closer to finishing third by beating Clachnacuddin 3-2.

The Broch’s win at Grant Street Park was secured courtesy of a double from Scott Barbour and an effort from Greg Buchan.

Martin Callum had given the Inverness side the lead and Blair Lawrie got their second late on.

A win for Fraserburgh against Fort William on Saturday will guarantee a third-placed finish.

Bellslea gaffer Cowie said: “It was a good reaction from the players to losing to Inverurie the week before.

“I thought we controlled the majority of the game and were very rarely threatened.

“We responded well to going 1-0 down and the players put in a good shift.

“I felt we deserved to win but we made it a bit more nervous at the end by letting in a goal for 3-2 when it maybe should have been four, five or six by then.

“But the players stood up to the challenge and saw the game out without too much pressure.

“It’s difficult to go up to Clach and get a good result so we’re pleased we managed it.

“We’ve got a job to do against Fort William because we still have to get a result.

“We need to go there and make sure we cement third which again will be progress.

“We’ve scored more goals than last year, already got more points than last year and if we get third we’re a position higher than last year.

“So that would be evidence that we’re still progressing and getting better.

“It’s our last game and we want to finish the season well.”

Barbour has netted 35 goals this season and Cowie added: “It was never in question that he’d score goals.

“We’re wondering how many he might have got if he hadn’t been out for six to eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

“He could have been up above 40 alongside Mitch Megginson and Neil Gauld at the top of the scoring charts.”

Elsewhere Deveronvale beat Turriff United 3-2 after coming from behind in the derby at the Haughs.

Ross Anderson twice had Turra ahead but strikes from Robert Scott, Grant Noble and Graeme Watt won it for the Banffers.

Huntly moved level on points with eighth-placed Buckie Thistle after a 3-1 win at Christie Park.

Steven Ross put the Jags ahead but Glenn Murison, Ross Still and Kai Ross scored for the Black and Golds.

Cammy Keith bagged a brace with Craig MacAskill and Michael Selfridge also on target as Keith won 4-0 against Strathspey Thistle at Seafield Park.

Allen MacKenzie’s double earned Rothes a 2-1 win against Wick Academy and Nairn beat Fort William 6-2.