Broch out to exorcise Gala ghost in capital

Fraserburgh's Paul Campbell

Fraserburgh went top of the Press and Journal Highland League in style on Saturday with a thrilling 7-3 home win against Deveronvale.

Willie West grabbed four goals and went on to celebrate his feat that evening at close friend Graham Johnston’s wedding reception but it was forward Paul Campbell who netted the all-important opener, the first of three goals in a blistering five-minute spell which killed the game.

Campbell, 24, was delighted to take his season’s tally to 11 and will now turn his attention to Saturday’s Scottish Cup second-round tie at Edinburgh University.

“I don’t know much about their team but we will go there looking to keep our good run of form going,” he said. “It was disappointing last season to go out so early at Gala Fairydean. That was one of the worst experiences of my career, everything went wrong for us that day.”

With fellow forward Gary Harris coming back into contention on return from his honeymoon, Campbell knows no player is guaranteed a starting berth for the new league leaders.

He said: “This season there’s unbelievable competition in every department of the team. Even if you’ve played well in a game you’re not certain of keeping your place

“I’m chuffed to get on the scoresheet again. We’ve been scoring loads of goals lately, apart from our Aberdeenshire Cup defeat at Formartine.

“Deveronvale started strongly last Saturday and we were struggling to impose ourselves but after the first goal the boys were flying again. We seem to be strong from the midfield going forward, Paul Young is really strong in there.

“I’ve never been in this position, it’s a brilliant feeling being top. We are aware Cove Rangers have two games in hand, so we can’t get carried away,”

Broch manager Mark Cowie is also looking ahead to the trip to the capital and said: “We’ve done our homework, we know how big a game it is and our work on the training field this week will reflect that. The result last year at Gala Fairydean wasn’t acceptable and we know we have to do better this time.”