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Fraserburgh eye up Rangers after hitting Forres for six

Paul Campbell celebrating with team mates after scoring to make it 5-1. Pictures by Kenny Elrick
Paul Campbell celebrating with team mates after scoring to make it 5-1. Pictures by Kenny Elrick

Fraserburgh gave themselves a massive boost for Wednesday night’s massive Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Rangers with some clinical finishing to end Mechanics’ nine-game winning run.

Doubles from strikers Gary Harris and Paul Campbell and one apiece from Lewis Davidson and substitute Aidan Combe overturned Lee Fraser’s 18th-minute opener.

Broch captain Ryan Christie said: “I think that we were lucky to be 2-1 up at half-time.

“We never turned up in the first half but we had three chances and took two of them.

“I think we had eight shots on target and scored with six of them, so we’re happy with that.

“With the Rangers game coming up on Wednesday night there was nobody holding back today, we were flying in as usual but that’s the way we play and we’re not going to change.”

Fraserburgh left experienced pair, defender Marc Dickson and striker Graham Johnston on the substitute’s bench but top scorers Paul Campbell and Gary Harris formed a formidable partnership up top.

The Can-Cans had an equally strong bench with striker Scott Moore and midfielder Ross McPherson, after a long lay-off through injury, held in waiting.

In the fifth minute Can-Cans forward Lee Fraser forced Peter Tait into a fine diving save low to his right to turn the ball round the post.

Forres were looking dangerous playing down the slope with the strong breeze at their backs.

The visitors had the ball in the net in the 12th minute but Lee Fraser’s header was ruled out be stand-in referee Chris Phillips for a spot of pushing in the box.

In the 18th minute Forres took the lead when the Broch failed to clear their lines and Lee Fraser was on-hand to clip the ball behind Peter Tait from eight yards, his eighth strike in the last three games.

Nine minutes later the Broch were back on level terms when a 25-yard Davidson drive beat the diving Stuart Knight with the help of a wicked deflection.

That strike ended Forres goalkeeper Knight’s hopes of securing a 100th shut-out in his 11-year Mosset Park career.

Campbell should have made it 2-1 for the home side when he burst through after Stuart Soane’s pass went astray but as Knight came out to narrow the angle the striker lifted the ball over the bar.

Ten minutes later the game was turned on its head when Harris was on the end of a low ball into the six yard box and he stabbed it past Knight from three yards.

Forres forced three corners in quick succession but the Broch defence stood firm to repel the Can-Cans’ potent threat from dead ball situations.

In the 72nd minute the Broch made it 3-1 when Combe’s trundler found its way past Knight from eight yards, possibly with the help of another deflection.

Three minutes later Fraserburgh added another when Combe was brought down in the box and Harris slammed home the spot kick. Within four minutes it was 5-1 when Campbell finished off a fine run with a clinical eight-yard finish.

The Broch made it 6-1 with seven minutes to go when Campbell was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Knight, with regular penalty taker Harris having been substituted Campbell converted the spot kick himself.

Mechanics defender Graham Fraser said: “I’m not sure how we managed to get a 6-1 defeat out of that performance.

“We started well and were the better team in the first 25 minutes of the first half, and again after the break, but they were clinical and getting two penalties against us as well didn’t help.”

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