Highland League: United face tough Cove task

Formartine United are the latest Highland League club to try to stop the Cove Rangers juggernaut when the pair go head-to-head in a Highland League match at North Lodge Park this afternoon.

The nomadic Aberdonians are flying high, still undefeated at the top of the table having scored 47 goals and conceded just four in 10 matches.

Experienced Formartine midfielder Stuart Anderson is well aware of the task facing him and his Pitmedden team-mates.

Anderson said: “They are flying and the players they have recruited, who have all played at a higher level, shows you their intention.

“We know a lot about Jamie Masson as he used to be here. We know just how good a player he is, so it will be a tough ask for us at North Lodge Park.

“However, all the pressure is on them to maintain their unbeaten record while we are just finding our feet, as it were.

“We can relax going into this one as there’s absolutely no pressure on ourselves.

“If we get anything form the game it will be a bonus for us as no one expects us to take anything from it.”

Reflecting on the firepower on show this afternoon, the former Southampton midfielder added: “They have Mitch Megginson, who leads the league scoring charts on 17 goals, but our own Archie Macphee is only one behind him on 16, and he’s only played in attack fairly recently, so he’s just as big a threat.”

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran said: “Formartine are one of the top teams in the league and they have proved that over the last few years.

“Irrespective of who is in charge of them they have a fantastic squad of players, so we all know it is going to be a really tough game. They will be going all out to impress their new manager Paul Lawson.

“Games between Formartine and Cove are always full of excitement and a lot of good football and I don’t see this one being any different.”

Cove Rangers’ only absentee is forward Jonny Smith.

Elsewhere, second-placed Fraserburgh face Forres Mechanics for the second time in a week.

Last Saturday the Broch knocked the Can-Cans out of the Scottish Cup 2-1 at Bellslea and this time the pair go head-to-head at Mosset Park.

Mechanics are without forward Scott Moore, while full-back Simon Allan has a knee injury but goalscoring midfielder Stuart Soane is set to return.

Fraserburgh also face selection concerns with leading scorer Gary Harris on honeymoon and defenders Marc Dickson, Lewis Davidson and Ryan Cowie all injured.