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The Press and Journal (North-East) - - THESCORE -

Fraser­burgh kept their slim ti­tle hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Deveron­vale at Bell­slea.

Broch as­sis­tant man­ager James Duthie said: “We were very good in that first half when we went 3-0 up and it could have been a few more.

“We were a bit dis­ap­pointed in the sec­ond half by our fin­ish­ing but Grant Pen­net in the Vale goal had an ex­cel­lent game.

“Af­ter the break we took our foot off the gas and got care­less.

“We moved the ball about far too slowly but when Vale were re­duced to 10-men, it ac­tu­ally killed the game for us a wee bit.

“I felt we were quite poor af­ter that.

“How­ever, it’s still three good points from a derby match.

“We knew that if we didn’t turn up we would come un­stuck but we cre­ated quite a num­ber of chances in both halves, which is pleas­ing.”

Fraser­burgh opened the scor­ing in the 15th minute when Scott Barbour net­ted form close-range.

He made it 2-0 two min­utes later be­fore Ryan Sar­gent added an­other in the 27 th minute.

Af­ter the break Vale were re­duced to 10 men when Michael Dunn picked up his sec­ond yel­low card.

Five min­utes from time Ross Aitken grabbed a con­so­la­tion goal for Vale shortly be­fore Bryan Hay made it 4-1 with a header.

Vale boss

Steve Dolan was dis­ap­pointed with his side’s first half show­ing. He said: “I thought that the game was fin­ished in 20 min­utes. Once you go 3-0 down to the Broch you’re al­ways go­ing to strug­gle.

“We started the game poorly and we couldn’t get to grips with them. I think we played the game too high up the park. We needed to sit deep and frus­trate them for longer, like we did when we played them ear­lier in the sea­son.”

Fraser­burgh’s as­sis­tant man­ager James Duthie

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