Created: Friday, 02 August 2013 12:14
Published: Friday, 02 August 2013 12:14
Over the course of the day, the four pundits will outline their predictions for the top three. We begin with http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner who casts his attention for third place towards Pitmedden.
3rd Place: Formartine United
Last Season: Prediction: 8th Actual: 2nd
P 34 W 25 D L 6 GD 67 Pts 78
Post Season Positives:
Steve Paterson hasn't dwelled on coming second best in May's end of season drama, and was quick to put the gloves on and make changes to the team. In Cammy Keith's case, the Maroons' loss really is Formartine's gain, and an all-firing strikeforce will be worth a lot of points to United. Gary Clark will bring some spice to the midfield, while John Calder brings competition for places between the sticks.
Post Season Negatives:
Formartine came short in a handful of games that were worth a lot of pride to the club last season. The last game of the season was one example, but there was also an Aberdeenshire Cup Final defeat on penalties and a poor performance at Clach in the Scottish Cup. Going into the new season they need a sharper cutting edge when there is a lot at stake. Could Saturday's Ramsdens Cup win against East Stirling be an indication they're headed that way?
Craig McKeown. He earned huge plaudits for his performances in his first season after joining from Dundee, and will be paramount to United again this year. After handing him the captaincy, it's clear Pele views his defensive leadership and organisation as hugely important to Formartine's chances this season.
Formartine are out to prove a point and the signing of Cammy really underlines how determined they are. They will hope to continue their Ramsdens Cup run against Elgin, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them do well in the Scottish Cup, as well as regional cup competitions where I think their wait for a trophy will finally come to an end. As the fight to win the league intensifies, I think they will be right in the mix but they will be praying for a good winter after the backlog they faced last season. I also think Kevin Webster will be quite a loss for them, a player who has the ability to create goals for himself and others all over the team. A cup success while finishing 3rd
Read more ...