Evening Express

Highland League: Fraserburgh’s West enjoying view from top

Fraserburgh's Willie West

After bagging four goals in midweek, Willie West is hoping to do his bit again tomorrow to keep Fraserburgh top of the Highland League.

The Broch beat Deveronvale 5-1 on Wednesday night to stay top of the table on goal difference ahead of Cove and Brora.

Next up for the Buchan outfit is Wick Academy at Bellslea tomorrow and after netting four in midweek West is hoping Fraserburgh can beat the Scorries and stay at the summit.

The 30-year-old said: “Cove have a game in hand and they are the team in form.

“But for us it’s pleasing to be up there and now we’re up there we want to stay there for as long as we can. We spent some time up there last season, but Cove, with their cup involvement, they had more games.

“There might be a lag where we’ve played one or two more this season but we need to take advantage of that and keep it going.

“Although it’s only goal difference, it’s nice to look at the table and see yourself top, and we want to stay there on Saturday.

“We always get a tough game against Wick, they’ve got some of the best players in the league in their side.

“On their day they can beat the best teams and they showed that a couple of weeks ago by beating Formartine.

“It will be a really tough game but we need to try to keep this momentum going by getting three points.”

West returned to a starting role in Banff after spending some time on the bench. Prior to that he also missed a couple of games due a groin niggle.

He says the rest did him good but maintains that even if he is absent from the team Fraserburgh are still a formidable outfit due to the strength in depth of Mark Cowie’s squad.

West added: “The break did me good. I still haven’t got rid of it, I just need to manage it.

“It’s something that restricts me at times and gives me pain, but it’s getting older – it’s harder to shake off these little niggles.

“But we’re lucky the squad is strong and it means I might not even play on Saturday because we have other people to come in.

“Mark Cowie has got a bit of a selection headache with the options he’s got.”

West was delighted with his four goals from midfield against Vale and said: “I was in the right place at the right time, really. It was a couple of runs into the box and it came to me.

“Two of my goals were on my weaker, right foot and it was pleasing they just seemed to go into the corners.

“My shooting wasn’t very good in the warm-up but the main thing is, it’s good in the game.

“Then I got two headers: one from a corner and one from a good cross. I got good supply from my team-mates and I’m just chuffed.”