If Formartine United are to emerge triumphant from Saturday’s Breedon Highland League Cup Final against Cove Rangers at Bellslea it’s expected their most experienced players will have played a huge contribution.
One of their most consistent performers since he joined the club in May 2015 has been Garry Wood, who arrived with the reputation as a top goalscorer having bagged 133 goals in two spells at Montrose.
He started his career with Elgin City before scoring an SPL goal for Inverness Caley Thistle in October 2008 and also netting 14 goals for Ross County.
However, Formartine boss Kris Hunter eventually converted Wood to a centre-back role where he has shone alongside a number of different partners, most recently Russell McBride on his old stomping ground in their 1-0 win last weekend.
That result sets Formartine up for trying to get the better of a Cove side who have been a bogey team for them as Wood notes.
He said: “Cove are a good consistent side, there’s no getting away that they’ve been probably the best Highland League side over the past two years.
“They have match winners so we know it will be a tough game and all about who turns up on the day.
“Ideally we want to win it in regulation time but if it goes to extra-time and penalties we’ll want to achieve the win however it comes. We already went to extra-time earlier in the competition against Turriff.”
Wood believes Saturday’s dress rehearsal at the Fraserburgh ground may well prove to be important, as will keeping it tight at the back again.
He said: “It was good to get a big league game there ahead of the final as it got us used to the pitch, having picked up a hard-earned win is a good result for us and excellent preparation.
“I’ve played at the back for quite a few games now since returning from injury and we’ve had several clean sheets.
“That’s not just down to me, it’s due to the team as a whole. We have been really solid defensively with the exception of the five-goal defeat away at Brora. That in my opinion was a freak result.
“Saturday is a chance for us to get our hands on silverware which is what this club deserves.”