Culter continued their recent rich vein of form with a comprehensive victory against relegation threatened Fraserburgh at a sunny but windy College Park. It promises to be the closest finish to the league for many years and the Deesiders have it all to play for.
With the match barely started Stuart Noble passed back to Scott Cowe but Lewis McKimmie, seemingly chasing a lost cause, closed down the ‘keeper and his attempted clearance cannoned off the Culter striker’s back and nestled in the net.
Straight from the kick off Allan Reid tried his luck at the other end but his parting shot was woeful.
The Deesiders were apparently on easy street shortly after when Dod McBain set up Ryan Stott who finished clinically.
Colin Craik then combined with Hugh Robertson who sent a peach of a ball into box for Ross McWilliam but his powerful header flashed wide.
Broch tried to get back into it but John Farquhar blocked Allan Reid’s attempt and Darryn Kelly was on hand to thump clear the rebound.
Soon after, a long Hugh Robertson throw in fell to Colin Craik but the veteran blazed the ball well over.
Ross McWilliam then broke free but his finish was turned behind for a corner.
With 40 minutes gone, another fine Hugh Robertson free kick was headed agonisingly wide by Jamie McAllister.
On the stroke of half time Ross McWilliam sent in a great cross from the left and Jamie McAllister arrived to power a header past the bemused ‘keeper to give Culter a comfortable lead going in at the break.
At the start of the second half Broch’s Lewis Tait deflected a flashing McKimmie drive into his own net, but the Culter striker will want to claim this one. Culter continued to turn the screw with both Ross McWilliam and Jamie McAllister both going close.
Culter then sent on a series of subs with the game in the bag but it was Broch who scored a late consolation when Fraser Davidson headed home from a cross sent in from the edge of the box.
Fraserburgh: Cowe, Ritchie, Tait, Ross, Innes, Noble, McLeman, Reid, Taylor, Davidson, Bissett.
Subs: Darren Ross, Forbes, Lawrence, R. Noble, A. Ritchie, Heron, Duncan.
Culter: Farquhar, Donald, Robertson, Kelly, Seivwright, Craik, McBain, McAllister, McWilliam, McKimmie, Stott.
Subs: Taylor, Pyper, Wyness, Murray, McArthur, A. Smith, Wilson, Duguid.