Turriff United welcomed Fraserburgh to The Haughs this past Saturday in what was their sixth league game of the season.
Manager Kris Hunter made four changes to the line-up which had suffered a defeat away to Keith the week before as a mix of injuries and holidays took their toll. With Owen and Luke Kinsella away, Drew Copeland injured and Liam Norris unable to feature against his parent club, there was a return to the starting line-up for Dylan Stuart as he continued his return from injury, a return to the side for Michael Ironside and Lewis Buxton on the wings and also a first start for summer signing James Robson.
It only took Fraserburgh three minutes to take the lead as a Michael Ewen free kick was collected by visiting keeper Paul Leask who launched the ball down the right channel where it was picked up by Scott Barbour, the dangerous attacker did well to cut inside and dink a ball over the defence for the run of former United midfielder Paul YOUNG who took a touch to get the ball down before firing past the advancing Fraser Hobday with ease.
With eight minutes on the clock it was two as Fraserburgh profited from Turriff being down to ten men with captain Cameron Bowden off the park receiving treatment for a knock in the back, the ball was played down the Broch right before coming in to the middle for attacker Scott BARBOUR, who with his back to goal did well to hold off his man, turn and hit a left footed effort over Hobday and into the net.
Fraserburgh were piling on the pressure and were almost in again as a ball down the left fell for you Young who did well to break into the box but his snap shot was saved well by Hobday.
Barbour was also trying to get his second of the game as he raced through to collect a ball from what looked like a fairly obvious offside position but the lack of a flag allowed him to continue as he fired his shot wide of the post.
Another ex Turriff player was trying to get in on the act aswell as Paul Campbell muscled his way past Chalmers on the right but his low shot was saved by Hobday.
Campbell did turn provider on twenty minutes though as he collected the ball from a throw in with his back to goal, he held off the attentions of Ethan Smith in defence before laying the ball across the edge of the area for the run of Michael RAE who took the shot first time and buried the ball right footed into the bottom corner from twenty yards out.
It was evident that Bowden still wasn’t 100% after his clash with Hobday in the defence of a cross and he went toe to toe with young striker Sean Butcher and came off second best as the attacker hit a left footed shot which landed on the roof of the net in what was a let off for the home side.
Fraserburgh made it four as a throw in down the right was collected by Barbour who fired in a cross to the near post where it was met by the run…and head of Sean BUTCHER who knocked it home from close range.
It was Paul Young’s turn to be the provider as he collected the ball on the left touchline before hitting a ball over the top for the run of Greg BUCHAN, Buchan took it in his stride as he broke into the box, dinked the ball over the advancing Hobday and collected it before sending it into the bottom right corner right footed from around seven yards to send the Broch in five goals to the good after the first forty five minutes.
Turriff closed out the half with an attack as a good long ball over the top from Bowden for the run of Buxton saw the winger break into the box but Leask was sharp off his line to collect ball and man with a brave dive at the feet of the speedy midfielder.
HT Turriff United 0-5 Fraserburgh
Half time saw the eventual removal of injured CAMERON Bowden as was replaced by player coach Roy McBain who slotted into the left back position allowing James Chalmers to move into the middle in place of Bowden.
Fraserburgh started in much the same vein as they had ended the first with a Barbour shot being blocked where it broke for Cepulis but his left footed low drive was collected at the second attempt by Hobday.
It was six for the visitors on sixty five minutes as some good hold up play by Campbell saw him spin his man and fire in a low cross which was blocked by Dylan Start but Sean BUTCHER was first to react stabbing home from close range and doubling his tally for the day.
A good run through the middle from substitute Calum Reid was halted in a crude fashion by Greg Buchan and some after from both players saw them yellow carded for the handbags.
Campbell was desperate to get a goal and his run down the right and flashed shot across the face of goal was tipped well wide by Hobday for a corner.
A well worked free kick saw the ball into the box where Campbell had another effort blocked by Hobday who also managed to gather the second ball just as William West was waiting to pounce on the goal line.
Campbell was in again but again his efforts were thwarted as a powerful drive was pushed wide by Hobday for another corner.
Reid was looking to impress and his darting run through the middle saw him carry the ball past three players but his final shot was a little off target.
The last significant action of the half was a bright end to a dour game both weather and performance wise as a ball down the left for Robert Ward saw the striker play the ball across goal where it was met at the back post by the in-rushing Lewis BUXTON who showed good pace to get on the end of it and knock in his first goal for the club since his move from Peterhead in the summer, he took a sore one in the process being wiped out by William West after his touch but was able to see out the last few minutes of the game.
Turriff United travel to Harmsworth Park to take on Wick Academy on the 7th September. They then welcome Formartine United to The Haughs on the 11th before travelling to face Clachnacuddin on the 14th. They then take a break from league duty with a home tie in the Scottish Cup against Formartine United again before rounding out the month with a home tie against Buckie Thistle on the 28th as they return to league duty.
FT Turriff United 1-6 Fraserburgh