Fraserburgh United 0
Stonehaven welcomed Fraserburgh United to Glenury on Saturday on Superleague business in their first game since the 5-1 Superleague win over Banchory St Ternan on the 5th January.
After such a long layoff, it would have been a fair enough expectation for the hosts to be a bit ring rusty, however, they were on the attack in the first minute, when a free kick from Murray into the near post was just about kept from crossing the line by the Broch ‘keeper.
A minute later, a Murray corner fell to Horne, but he could only send his snapshot into the side netting.
Less than a minute later, Horne was slipped through by Sinclair but his left foot shot was easily saved by the ‘keeper.
However, the opening goal wasn’t far away and it came after just four minutes.
A free kick into the visitors’ penalty area from Murray found Alexander, whose header was judged by the linesman to have crossed the line.
The lead should have been doubled after 13 minutes, when a great ball in from Martin Shand found Workman at the back post, but he somehow managed to touch the ball wide of target when the goal was at his mercy.
The Hive had another chance on 22 minutes, when the ball was played out to Murray, who sent a cross to the back post which found Horne, who cut back across goal, but there were no takers.
Stonehaven continued to press and look for a second goal and Horne came close on 31 minutes, but the Fraserburgh United defence did well to clear the danger.
Alexander was next to try his luck, and on 38 minutes after a good turn, he saw his shot turned behind for a corner.
The second goal wasn’t far off though, and on the 41st minute, Alexander doubled his tally after waltzing through the Broch defence and firing a left foot shot past the ‘keeper.
Half Time – STONEHAVEN 2 v 0 Fraserburgh United
Stonehaven had a chance to extend their lead even further within the first minute of the second half, when a Murray free kick fell to Horne, but he saw his overhead kick off come back off the post.
A few minutes later, Alexander found himself clean through on goal, and only a last gasp sliding tackle prevented him from sealing his hat-trick.
There were shouts for a penalty, as the defender took the player, at the same time but nothing was given.
The lead was increased on 62 minutes, however, when a Murray free kick found the head of Martin Shand at the back post, and he headed back across goal and in off the inside of the other post and into the net.
Stonehaven were relentless in their pursuit of more goals, and on 67 minutes it was Murray who was again involved, but this time he played the ball down the left to Martin Shand, whose cross found the head of Alexander, and he bulleted a diving header into the net to complete his hat-trick.
It was 5-0 on 74 minutes when a free kick from Murray found the head of McCall, who sent a fantastic header into the top corner of the net.
Horne was denied again on 77 minutes after his overhead kick was blocked by the defence, following a good ball in from Alexander.
All three substitutes combined on 87 minutes to complete the scoring.
Stewart and Duncan did well down the left, and it was Duncan played the ball across goal to Taylor who made no mistake from just a couple of yards out to make it six for Stonehaven.
STONEHAVEN: Smith, Low, Lewis Shand, Croll, McCall, Sinclair, Alexander, Murray (Stewart), Martin Shand (Duncan), Keith Horne, Workman (Taylor) Subs not used: Forsyth, Pyper.