Linlithgow escape from the deadly fortress of Fraserburgh to gain replay


Fraserburgh 0-0 Linlithgow Rose

Scottish Fitba Base at Bellslea Park

The Scottish Cup is always magical for small teams as they are given a great opportunity to shine in the limelight. I was at Bellslea park to watch Fraserburgh take on Linlithgow Rose. There I was extremely impressed with the amazing turnout for the match. This game was an evenly fought encounter between these two sides.

But  I had to endure the worst performance from a referee that i have seen in the Highland League since I started reporting last season. There I struggled not to cringe at this disappointing display from the official. I felt sorry for the players having to put up with this horror show. Let us forget about the negative side of this important occasion for both sides.

Due to this match showcasing some exciting link play. Early on Graham Johnson’s clever through ball picked out Peter Alexander Bruce who was unlucky to watch his effort being blocked by the Rose’s keeper.

Minutes later Johnson delivered a top class free kick but the ball went inches past the far post. Scott Cowe the Broch stopper gave a glittering performance which the referee should have taken on board as an example to copy so he would keep the football nicely flowing.

Not long after the classic joke of tripping over the daisy was portrayed on the field When Roddy MacLennan went down in the box claiming for a penalty despite clearly no one touching him. The referee booked the player for diving which was perfectly fair. There I felt like bursting in laughter at the player’s attempt to win a spot kick.

Linlithgow did show that they had an extremely physical side which helped them battle against the Broch. They did put the home side under some pressure with Thomas Coyne just missing the target.

After the break once I had eaten my steak pie almost as quick as Usain Bolt running the 100m. The Broch almost took the lead with a screamer from youngster Courtney Cooper as his stunning effort went just over the bar which worried the visitor’s keeper.

You could be fairly mistaken to have seen Jack Wilshere but you actually saw Scott Barbour who is the same type of player with his skills and pace as of the Arsenal striker. Midway through the half, Barbour showed his talent by dancing away from his marker with great ease to cut inside and smashed a shot which the keeper saved.

The traveling team did have a number of glorious chances but failed to make the most of it. Overall the visitors managed to escape from Fraserburgh’s deadly fortress to gain themselves a replay at their home turf.

The Scottish Cup should be all about the football, yet it was dominated by the referee’s appalling show. Powerful defender Russell McBride made his remarkable 500th appearance for the Highland League side which is a tremendous achievement for the voice of the back four.

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