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 Deveronvale 1-2 Fraserburgh
Scorers: Harris 37, Watt 41, Christie 44
Following a frantic week of ongoings at Princess Royal Park the result must have seemed almost insignificant to hard-working Vale manager Steve Dolan as he witnessed his inexperienced side concede twice in seven minutes to lose yet another close-fought encounter by the narrowest of margins.
During the past seven days the dogged Dolan and his background staff signed extension contracts while eleven of the young players also put pen to paper showing commitment to their management and the club. Dippy wasn't finished there and Daniel Smith was purchased from Rothes and made his debut for the Banffers only to be stretchered off within half an hour with what looked like a bad knee injury after making an impressive start to his Vale career.
In a poor spectacle for football former Vale striker Gary Harris netted the opener for the visitors in thirty-seven minutes only for Graeme Watt to equalise with a peach but back came Mark Cowie's battlers and Ryan Christie headed home the winner moments later to cement Broch's fifth place in the SHFL.
The hosts were kicking into the stiff southern breeze and were under pressure in the early stages, debutant Dan Smith clearing Scott Henry's header off the line following a flurry of Broch corner kicks.
Things were rather scrappy in open play mainly due to the tricky conditions although Dane Ballard's snapshot off Dan Smith's curling ball into the visitors penalty area wasn't far off target in a rare Vale attack.
Dan Smith's debut came to an abrupt end when he was stretchered off after a later challenge in midfield, Scott Begg replaced the unfortunate former Rothes midfielder who damaged his knee ligaments in the incident.
The visitors opened the scoring when substitute Scott Begg's loose pass at the edge of his own 18-yard box was pounced on by Willie West and his square pass was perfect for the unmarked Gary Harris allowing the number nine an easy side foot home from 6-yards.
Vale equalised four minutes later however when Graeme WATT picked up Lukas Krobot's set-piece, dragged the ball back with his left and sent a lovely curling right-footed effort into the top corner of Joe Barbour's net.
Fraserburgh weren't done yet though and Ryan Christie headed them back into the lead on the stroke of the opening forty-five when a deep corner was headed back across the face of goal by Bryan Hay which saw Grant Pennet caught under the ball allowing Christie or even Willie West with an easy header virtually on the goal-line. HT
Marc Dickson had a pop at goal after a mix up between Zander Jack and Lukas Krobot but Grant Pennet was right behind the right back's low effort before Willie West skied one over under pressure from Liam Forbes.
Callum Murray replaced Ross Aitken and Nathan Ross came on for Paul Sutherland as Steve Dolan looked for some inspiration from his bench.
Gary Harris made some room for himself as he took on the Vale back line single handed but failed to work Grant Pennet with his low strike while substitute Marc Lawrence also missed the target as the visitors looked the more likely in the final third while the host unfortunately failed to have a single strike at goal during a rather drab second forty-five.
Vale: Pennet, Dunbar, Jack, Smith (Begg 29), Krobot, #53 Forbes, Sutherland (Ross 73), Watt (cpt), Ballard, Noble, Aitken (Murray 66)
Subs: Fraser, Willox Souter, Mackie (gk)
Broch: Barbour, Dickson, Hay, Cowie, Christie, Henry, Beagrie, West (Campbell 83), Harris, Rae (Lawrence 73) Combe (Johnston 58)
Subs: Buchan, Stuart, Taylor, Finn
Manager: Mark Cowie 
Referee: Liam Duncan
Vale Stats:
Efforts On: 2
Efforts Off: 1
Woodwork: 0
Corners: 1
Offside: 2
Overhead Conditions: Cool Swirling Breeze
Playing Surface: Soft
Temp at KO: 5 deg C
Last Season: 2-2
Reporter: Neil Montgomery
Reported LastEdited: 5-Feb-2017
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