The perfect end to a great week was how Fraserburgh manager Mark Cowie described his team’s victory over Nairn County.
Following their midweek Aberdeenshire Shield success, Fraserburgh fought back from losing a first-minute goal against County to claim what Cowie felt could be a very significant three points come the end of the season.
He said: “Our reaction to losing the early goal was great because coming from a cup final victory the guys have a lot of adrenaline but sometimes you are concerned you can get a massive low in the next game and with the strength that Nairn have we were a little bit worried.
“However the guys managed the game brilliantly and got back on level terms quickly before going on to win. We could have had a couple more as we hit the post and had a couple of efforts cleared off the line.”
Nairn assistant manager Michael Rae said conceding the equaliser so soon after taking the lead was a major blow.
He said: “We knew Fraserburgh would put us under a lot of pressure and after losing the goal we then conceded a quick second and from that point on we knew we would be chasing the game.
“Being a goalkeeper myself, I have no dispute over their penalty as Will Consell came for a ball that was never his but at least he had the courage to try and claim it. He came in just before kick-off as Dylan MacLean had to pull out with injury so fair play to the young lad as that was his only mistake.”
Nairn scored within 60 seconds as Paul Leask misjudged a shot from just outside the box by Gordon McNab and the ball trickled into the bottom corner but within four minutes Gary Harris curled home an 18-yard effort in his first start after his long-term knee injury.
Counsel charged into the back of Scott Barbour after 12 minutes and Paul Campbell made an expert job of dispatching the spot kick to edge Broch ahead.
The third and decisive goal came 11 minutes into the second half when Owen Cairns’ low free kick picked out Barbour who turned his marker brilliantly to roll the ball into the bottom corner from 10 yards.