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Wednesday 5th October – Fraserburgh 3 Deveronvale 0

Fraserburgh defeated Deveronvale as Mark Cowie’s side scored three free-kicks, with three different goal scorers.

Three very different set-pieces were the only difference between the two sides, as they battled in a fairly close affair.

Vale thought they should have taken the lead, but referee Graham Beaton never allowed Liam Forbes’ effort to stand.

The victory leaves the Bellslea side fifth, only two points away from Formartine who sit above them in the Highland League standings.

Meanwhile, the defeat leaves Steve Dolan’s men fourth from bottom, with only 10 points.

Broch boss Mark Cowie said: “Were always dangerous from dead balls.

“I never thought we were in any danger of ever losing the game. But the clean sheet is a bonus for us after some of the stupid goals we have conceded in recent weeks.”

Vale boss Steve Dolan said: “I don’t think there was much between the two teams, just three free-kicks.

“They never created much in open play. I thought our back four was really good.”

The Vale players were furious after Forbes’ side-footed effort was ruled out by the referee with only five minutes on the clock.

There wasn’t much between the two sides. But in the last minute of the first half Graham Johnston hit a curling free-kick that missed every attacker and defender, and found its way into the bottom-right corner of the net.

The home side doubled their lead early in the second half after Greg Buchan was fouled 25 yards out. Ryan Cowie hit the resulting free-kick into the right side of the net. Vale keeper James Blanchard got a hand to the ball, but not enough to keep it out.

Late on, Fraserburgh added to their tally, again through a free-kick. Dean Cowie’s thunderous effort was rifled high into the top-left corner. Blanchard got a touch on the ball, but the sheer power of the strike took it into the net.

Next up for the home side is a long trip north to Wick on Saturday. Cowie said: “Wick are always a dangerous side.”

Meanwhile, Vale have to get ready for the visit of league leaders Buckie in a local derby on Saturday.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 22 62 WWWWW
2 Fraserburgh 24 55 WDWWD
3 Inverurie Locos 24 51 WLWDW
4 Formartine United 24 49 WWWLW
5 Forres Mechanics 23 45 WWWLW
6 Buckie Thistle 25 43 LDWLD
7 Brora Rangers 20 41 WWLDL
8 Huntly 25 39 LLLLD
9 Rothes 24 37 DLLWW
10 Nairn County 22 35 LWDWW
11 Deveronvale 24 32 DLWLL
12 Clachnacuddin 25 30 LWDDL
13 Wick Academy 20 27 DWWWD
14 Turriff United 22 24 LLLLL
15 Lossiemouth 26 14 WLLWL
16 Keith 26 11 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 23 7 LLDWL
18 Fort William 21 2 LLLLD

Recent Results

17-02-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 29
Wick Academy 1 : 1 Huntly
Fraserburgh 2 : 2 Buckie Thistle
Inverurie Locos 3 : 0 Clachnacuddin
Keith 0 : 5 Cove Rangers
Lossiemouth 4 : 6 Rothes
Formartine United 3 : 2 Brora Rangers
Nairn County 1 : 0 Strathspey Thistle
Forres Mechanics 3 : 0 Deveronvale
10-02-2018 15:00 - Scottish Cup Fifth Round
Kilmarnock 4 : 0 Brora Rangers
Cove Rangers 1 : 3 Falkirk
10-02-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup First Round
Buckie Thistle 0 : 3 Keith
Fraserburgh 9 : 0 Fort William
Nairn County 3 : 2 Lossiemouth
10-02-2018 14:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup First Round
Formartine United 5 : 1 Clachnacuddin
03-02-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup Prelim Round
Brora Rangers 4 : 1 Inverurie Locos
03-02-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 28
Fort William 1 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Huntly 2 : 3 Nairn County
Rothes 3 : 2 Keith

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