Press & Journal Scottish Highland Football League, Fraserburgh v Fort William, Saturday 6th January 2018, Bellslea Park, Fraserburgh
Broch's magnificent seven downs Fort at Bellslea
The Broch hit seven for the second successive game at Bellslea Park as they ran out comfortable winners against bottom of the table Fort William who to their credit kept going despite having a depleted playing pool. Jamie Beagrie gave the Broch an early lead and only profligate finishing and good goalkeeping by trialist Robin Harvey kept the score to one at the interval. The home side upped the pace after the break and Gary Harris & Jamie Beagrie added to the Black & Whites lead before Paul Campbell came off the bench to notch four goals in the final half hour as the visitors tired.
The first game of the New Year saw Mark Cowie make four changes to the starting line up that blew Huntly away in the previous match. Back into the side came Marc Dickson, Jamie Beagrie, Aidan Combe & Gary Harris with Ryan Cowie, Lewis Davidson, Greg Buchan & Paul Campbell all dropping to the bench.
The Broch made a great start to the game scoring after five minutes when a corner from the left by Aidan Combe wasn't properly cleared after Jamie Beagrie's first attempt and the midfielder managed to force the rebound home at the back post.
Six minutes later a cross from Aidan Combe from the left fell kindly for William West inside the box but he saw his netbound shot blocked and Marc Dickson following up also saw his effort cleared from danger.
In the 14th minute good link up play between Gary Harris and Jamie Beagrie saw the former in on goal but his effort was deflected behind for a fruitless corner. 10 minutes later Ryan Christie found space on the right and fired in a cross which Jamie Beagrie met with a diving header but he couldn't direct his effort on target.
On the half hour mark another dangerous cross from the left by Aidan Combe was met at the back post by Paul Young but his header was deflected wide. From the resultant corner by Cameron Buchan, Jamie Beagrie headed wide from 8 yards out.
Just before the break Aidan Combe tricked his way past two defenders and fired in a shot which was blocked, the rebound fell kindly for Ryan Christie but the Broch captain's effort went high over the crossbar.
Half Time: Fraserburgh 1 Fort William 0
The home side came out looking for more goals and two minutes into the second half another chance went abegging when a cross from the left found Gary Harris unmarked but his low effort was blocked and then cleared.
The second goal wasn't delayed too long when on 51 minutes Dean Cowie found Cameron Buchan on the left wing and the full back's low cross into the middle was tapped home by Gary Harris from 8 yards out.
A minute later Fort William had their first real chance when a break by Jack Lingard saw the young striker fail to connect properly with a shot which was easily cleared by the home defence.
On 54 minutes Aidan Combe combined with Cameron Buchan on the left and the former's cross to the near post was poked just past the post by Garry Harris.
Four minutes later the Broch made it 3-0 when good play by William West on the left saw him create space for the cross which Jamie Beagrie nodded past Robin Harvey in the Fort William goal.
On 65 minutes the visitors escaped further punishment when Paul Campbell's shot came off the inside of the post and rebounded into the grateful arms of Harvey.
Next to try his luck was William West after the striker had been found by Michael Rae's pinpoint pass but his shot from the edge of the area was easily saved by Harvey.
On 72 minutes there was another let off for the Fort goal after Paul Campbell had been fouled outside the area. Cameron Buchan took the free kick and saw his powerful effort crash off the cross bar with Paul Campbell heading the rebound wide.
The young Broch striker wasn't to be denied two minutes later though when he collected a pass inside the Fort area and rifled home from 12 yards out. On 76 minutes young substitute Andrew Hannar made a powerful run down the right and cut into the penalty area before firing a rising shot at goal which Harvey did well to tip over the bar.
A fifth goal duly arrived though on 81 minutes when Marc Dickson's cross into the penalty area was cushioned on his chest by Paul Campbell before he swiveled to crack the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
A minute later and it was six when Aidan Combe dug out a cross on the right wing to the far post and Paul Campbell forced the ball home with his head to compete his hat trick.
He almost snatched a fourth goal on 86 minutes when he was sent clear on the right and after he rounded the goalkeeper his net bound shot was cleared off the line by Iain Foggo.
Three minutes later though Paul Campbell did net his fourth of the game after good work on the left again by Aidan Combe saw the ball fall to the feet of Campbell six yards out and he slotted the ball home to complete the scoring.
Full Time: Fraserburgh 7 Fort William 0
Fraserburgh: Peter Tait, Marc Dickson, Bryan Hay (Michael Rae 63), Cameron Buchan, Ryan Christie, Dean Cowie, Jamie Beagrie, William West, Gary Harris (Paul Campbell 63), Paul Young (Andrew Hannar 46), Aidan Combe.
Subs not used: Greg Buchan, Ryan Cowie, Lewis Davidson, Edward Flinn.
Goalscorers: Jamie Beagrie (5 & 58), Gary Harris (51), Paul Campbell (74, 81, 82 & 89).
Fort William: Robin Harvey, Ronan Cameron, Lewis Campbell, Iain Foggo, Farquhar Macrae, Ryan Henderson, Liam Taylor, Stephen Lopez, Michael Gillespie, Billy Rydings, Jack Lingard.
Subs not used: Alistair Smith, Paul MacLellan.
Match Officials - Referee: Harry Bruce, Assistant Referees: Keiran Fleming & Scott Donohoe.
Man of the Match selected by Match Sponsor Score Group Plc was Paul Campbell