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Graham Johnston scored the only goal of the game as Fraserburgh continued their good start to the season.

Fraserburgh boss Mark Cowie felt his side “deserved it over the 90 minutes”. Cowie was pleased with the way his team bounced back from their first league defeat last week to Lossiemouth. He added: “We’ve come out and out-fought Huntly and today we more hungry than Inverurie.”

Meanwhile, Locos boss Scott Buchan felt “one error and a good finish was the difference” between the two sides. Buchan thought that his side “shaded the first half but Fraserburgh shaded the second half”.

The home side started brightly and would have taken the lead in the opening minutes had it not been for the linesman’s flag. The assistant referee deemed Johnston was offside before he slipped a pass through to Paul Campbell, whose shot found the net but was disallowed.

Fraserburgh continued their sharp start and had Aidan Combe had his shooting boots on would have taken the lead, but his effort could only trickle into keeper Scott Mathieson’s arms.

Inverurie came into the game more as the half went on and should have broken the deadlock. However, Martin Laing’s headed effort at the back post was brilliantly saved by Broch goalie Paul Leask and the ball was cleared by the home defence.

Locos were certainly on top towards the end of the first half and had Leask not been on his game the visitors would have reached half-time with a lead.

The second half didn’t seem to have the same tempo as the opening period did.

In the early stages of the half the closest either side came to scoring was through a wayward cross from youngster Cameron Buchan that nearly looped over Mathieson but went narrowly over.

The Broch seemed to go more direct as the game continued and received the benefits from that change in approach mid-way through the half. Johnston got on the end of Bryan Hay’s inch-perfect 55-yard pass that looped over the Locos defence, allowed the ball to bounce once and sent a shot over Mathieson to give the home side the advantage.

Inverurie boss Buchan went all for it as he made a triple substitution, bringing on three attackers, however they didn’t have much joy.

Marc Dickson’s 25-yard drive that was turned around the post by Mathieson was the best opportunity of the closing stages.

Both sides have Scottish Cup ties this weekend, with Fraserburgh making the long trip south to Gala Fairydean Rovers, who currently sit near the bottom of the Lowland league table. Locos have a tricky fixture as they host the red hot Buckie Thistle, who have 10 wins from 10 fixtures in the league.

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