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Wood targets the trophy he believes Formartine deserve

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.”

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

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