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Saturday 13th August - Formartine Utd 2 Clach 1

Formartine United ended their three game losing run but this was far from a well-earned victory with Clachnacuddin very unlucky not to go away with one if not three points, controversial decisions robbing the Lilywhites of a happy visit to North Lodge Park.

The Pitmedden side had lost eleven goals against Aberdeen, Wick Academy and Fraserburgh, and the lacklustre atmosphere around the ground at kick off painted the picture of an end of season game rather than one with a potentially exciting campaign ahead.

It was the visitors who could have taken the lead in the opening two minutes, attacking midfielder Scott MacLean going right in on goal and seeing his header fumbled for a corner by Andy Reid.

With Garry Wood on the bench and Neil Gauld, Conor Gethins and Scott Barbour up front, the first Formartine chance saw Gauld have a shot coming back off the legs of John Campbell.

The early season nerves again came to the fore in the 19th minute. A long clearance out of the visiting defence was not cut out by central defender Scott Henry and the ever alert and nippy forward Blair Lawrie was quickly on to the loose ball, he sent a high dipping drive over the head of the exposed Andy Reid, with the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar. 

Four minutes later came a highly controversial equaliser. From a Paul Lawson corner on the left Conor Gethins connected with an overhead acrobatic kick and the ball looked to have hit the goal line via the hand of Struan Scott-Woodhouse, but on the call of stand side Assistant Referee Daniel Donohoe, it was the award of a goal otherwise Dan McFarlane was pointing to a penalty and an almost certain sending off.

Campbell made another good save this time from Barbour after good work by Jamie Michie and near half time, there was no power in the shot from Gauld when supplied by Barbour, then Graeme Rodger joined in with the nervousness when he fired high over.

Meanwhile the Lilywhites started the second half still fully concentrated on making something from their feelings of injustice. Substitute Fraser Robertson’s angled low shot right across the face of goal just needed a final tap in and the experienced Stuart Leslie saw a header from a free kick go inches away from putting the underdogs back in front.

The in-form Campbell made a great block from Gethins but the counter attacking was ongoing with another sub Mark Kennedy firing in a shot that came off the outside of the post

With Campbell doing the business continually and Barbour and Paul Lawson seeing efforts saved, a draw looked odds-on, although Ian Penwright also had a good opportunity to grab the points for his team.

However, well into injury time the referee bowed to a soft penalty claim after Ryan Mackintosh was deemed to have connected with the foot of Barbour. Captain Paul Lawson sent the ball comfortably to Campbell’s right for a well undeserved winner.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 10 28 WWWWW
2 Fraserburgh 11 26 WWWWW
3 Formartine United 11 22 WWLWW
4 Brora Rangers 10 22 DWWWW
5 Buckie Thistle 9 19 WWWLW
6 Inverurie Locos 11 19 WWWLD
7 Nairn County 10 19 WWLWL
8 Turriff United 10 17 DLWWL
9 Rothes 10 16 WLWLL
10 Huntly 10 16 LLWLD
11 Forres Mechanics 11 15 LLWWD
12 Deveronvale 10 13 LLLWW
13 Wick Academy 10 12 DLWWW
14 Clachnacuddin 11 12 WLLLD
15 Lossiemouth 11 4 DLLLL
16 Keith 10 3 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 10 3 WLLLL
18 Fort William 11 1 DLLLL

Recent Results

16-09-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 9
Nairn County 0 : 8 Cove Rangers
Formartine United 2 : 0 Keith
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 6 Buckie Thistle
Fort William 1 : 5 Deveronvale
Wick Academy 5 : 1 Rothes
Huntly 2 : 2 Clachnacuddin
Inverurie Locos 0 : 0 Forres Mechanics
Lossiemouth 1 : 5 Fraserburgh
13-09-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 8
Brora Rangers 2 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Cove Rangers 5 : 1 Turriff United
Formartine United 6 : 1 Lossiemouth
Forres Mechanics 4 : 1 Fort William
Fraserburgh 3 : 1 Inverurie Locos
09-09-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 8
Huntly 1 : 3 Deveronvale
Lossiemouth 2 : 4 Inverurie Locos
Nairn County 2 : 1 Keith
Brora Rangers 3 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 3 Forres Mechanics

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