Locos came away with nothing from an entertaining game and encouraging performance as home hero Scott Barbour wrote himself into the Bellslea Park history books. Barbour scored his record breaking 238th goal for the club 12 minutes from time to secure the points for the Broch and see off a spirited Locos who had pegged the home team back twice in a pulsating second half.
The first period was a much tighter affair with little goal threat before Ryan Sargent opened the scoring for Fraserburgh just after the half hour mark, latching onto a long ball forward before firing past Blessing Oluyemi in the Locos goal. Oluyemi, making his debut after arriving on loan from Peterhead this week, then saved from Logan Watt as the hosts took their narrow lead into half time.
Locos got back on level terms four minutes after the restart and again it came from a ball over the defence. Joe Barbour raced out of his area and just about beat Myles Gaffney to the ball but his clearance fell to Greg Mitchell who sent the ball back into the unguarded net. The game was very open at this point and Gaffney looked odds on to put Locos in front after good work by Nathan Meres but Kieran Simpson did well to get back to block his effort on the line. Next it was the Broch’s turn to go close as Ryan Cowie’s free kick rattled the crossbar.
Just a minute later the hosts did retake the lead. Sargent’s effort from 12 yards was well saved by Oluyemi but he got his head to the rebound to claim his second goal of the afternoon. The lead didn’t last long as Locos levelled immediately. Meres broke quickly upfield before releasing Gaffney who finished sharply at Barbour’s near post.
At this point it felt like there would be a goal chance with every attack as both teams went in search of victory. Joe Barbour kept out a Logan Johnstone shot while Barbour’s improvised effort was well saved by Oluyemi. With 13 minutes remaining Fraserburgh went ahead for a third time, Jamie Beagrie finishing following a bit of a scramble after a free kick was delivered into the box from the right.
Almost immediately after the restart, Barber raced through to finish past Oluyemi sparking wild celebrations with the record breaking striker happy to accept a regulation yellow card after removing his shirt. That goal killed off the game. Locos kept working hard to get themselves back into it but a late Johnstone header that went just the wrong side of the post was as close as they could get.
Bellslea Park is never an easy place to visit and Locos will be disappointed with manner in which they conceded the third goal but overall this was another display that showed the progress made in the short time since Dean Donaldson’s arrival and he’ll be looking to take the next steps to start picking up results in these matches.
Up next for the Railwaymen is a home fixture against Forres Mechanics next Saturday.