United held by Broch

Garry Wood's delight after netting the equaliser against Fraserburgh.
Garry Wood's delight after netting the equaliser against Fraserburgh.

Formartine United missed out on the chance to move above Cove Rangers in the title race when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Fraserburgh on Saturday.

It was the only Highland League fixture to beat the big freeze and once again Broch took points off clubs battling it out in the championship hunt.

Both goals came in the first half and United will look on it as a missed opportunity to put pressure on Brora and Cove.

The visitors were without the suspended Lawson and Barbour and their presence was sorely missed.

Fraserburgh went in front in the 15th minute from their second corner.

The ball was struck deep and in-swinging into a melee at the back post and somehow McBride managed to force it into the net from close range.

It was consistent with the run of play and Formartine were missing midfield firepower.

However, they drew level in the 32nd minute.

In-form marksman Garry Wood was quickest to react when the ball broke in a scramble in the box and he neatly drove it home.

There wasn’t a lot in it but Broch continued to get just the better of midfield and Formartine did not

really look like getting their noses in front.

A cunningly threaded ball from Bagshaw gave Gauld the chance to get in behind Cowie and Hay but the alert Joe Barbour was off his line and got close enough to block the striker’s effort.

Broch’s Cowie broke through twice to get one on one with Andy Reid but each time the keeper read his intentions and made the block.

United went straight into attack in the second half and substitute keeper Flynn did well to keep out a Gauld effort in the 55th minute.

For the last 15 minutes or so, Formartine looked stronger and fitter and the balance of play turned their way as they hunted for an equaliser.

Gauld was replaced by Cammy Keith but despite territorial advantage and increased possession Formartine failed to get enough out of a grimly determined home rearguard to earn the additional two points they so badly wanted.

Teams:

Fraserburgh: Barbour, Dickson, McBride, M Cowie, Hay, Ray, West, D Cowie, Lawrence, Noble. Substitutes:

Taylor, Campbell, Buchan, Bruce, Combe, Johnston, Flynn.

Formartine United: Reid, Michie, Dingwall, Crawford, Smith, Anderson, Rodger, Masson, Gauld, Wood, Bagshaw. Substitutes: Keith, Berton, Munro, Henry, MacDonald.