To say I was disappointed by Saturday’s game at Clach is an under-statement.
Formartine had a comparatively straightforward passage into second round of the Scottish Cup with victory against Gretna.
I’ve still no idea whether Gretna were a better team than I first thought they were or if they were simply punching well above their weight on the back of a breakaway goal that was well against the run of play but came at a crucial time (two minutes before half time) or whether Formartine made unaccustomedly heavy weather of disposing of a team that would struggle in the top half of SHFL.
Saturday’s win at Brora fairly set the cat amongst the pigeons. Sitting at the top of the league is very pleasant but doing it at this time of year doesn’t bear any comparison with doing so immediately after the last game of the season. When it counts.
Six weeks after leaving Rothes, Rab Mulheron is back in Highland League football - as part of Kris Hunter's back-room staff at Formartine United.
Highland League reigning champions Brora Rangers fell to their second league defeat of the season as Formartine United moved to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Dudgeon Park.
As the season started, most predictions were that it was going to be a one horse race and the winning jockey would be from the Brora stable.
I suppose the real question for Formartine supporters is when does playing better, which compared to this time a year back, we clearly are, become good enough to mount a serious challenge for the title?
There’s been a feeling since the season started that there are lots of goals in this new look Formartine side, but it took until half past three on Saturday for the flow to start.
Mark Twain once wrote “When ill luck begins, it does not come in sprinkles but in showers”, the point being, I suppose, that showers however nasty are always fairly short.
A late winner from former Deveronvale midfielder Graeme Rodger gave Formartine a hard-earned three points against a determined and organised Wick yesterday.
I don’t think that even back in the days of using jackets in the playground to mark the goals, more than 60 years ago, that I was in or at a game where there were five goalies involved.
Well that’s been some summer and it’s still only July. Kris Hunter has made his mark with no fewer than 13 signings and they have come in all shapes and sizes and from all over the country – from Jamie Michie and Neil Gauld who look to be barely bigger than bookies biros from neighbouring Locos to the gargantuan 6’ 5” Axe Man, Stuart Axten from Bognor Regis on the South Coast of England.
The North Lodge Park meeting between Formartine United and Cove Rangers is the pick of tonight's three Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup first-round ties.
Formartine United are to unveil former Celtic, Ross County and Motherwell central midfielder, Paul Lawson, as their 13th new close-season signing tonight. The 31-year-old, who was capped 10 times at Scotland under-21 level, and was released by Well last month, is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Pitmedden club.
Formartine United manager Kris Hunter last night continued his signing spree by landing 23-year-old attacker Scott Barbour from his former club Fraserburgh on a four-year deal.
Garry Wood helped end Brora Rangers' dreams of SPFL football last weekend and the forward is planning to do more damage to the Highland League champions as a Formartine United player next season.
Formartine United manager Kris Hunter is ready to undertake a summer transfer revolution at North Lodge Park as he sets his sights on 11 new signings for the Highland League club.
That’s our season done and dusted – no joy in the cups and fifth or sixth – depending on how Broch do in their last game – in the league.
The last three games I’ve seen have been marred, I think, by over- officious refereeing decisions which saw players (only one of them ours) harshly red carded.
The only show in town for us is the arrival of Kris Hunter, our new manager.
Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter has agreed to take charge of Highland League rivals Formartine United.
Highland League Formartine United have been warned they will have to dig deep if they want to prise manager Kris Hunter away from rivals Fraserburgh.
Impossible for this piece to be about anything other than the departure of Steve Paterson from North Lodge.
Formartine United are stepping up their efforts to appoint a new manager following the departure of Steve Paterson at the weekend.
The death of Dave Mackay early last week set me thinking about whether there were any of his ilk around in the present day game and I couldn’t think of any who measured up to him for his sheer invincible refusal to know or acknowledge when he was beaten.
Formartine United were made to fight all the way by Strathspey Thistle in Saturday's Highland League match at North Lodge Park.
Formartine United forward Marek Madle hopes lightning can strike twice today when his side hosts Cove Rangers in the quarter-finals of the Breedon Aggregates League Cup.
I never used to believe in bogey men, ghosts or anything to do with fates or the spirit world –far too much of a rationalist for that sort of thing – or so I thought.
Formartine United will aiming to avenge their 2-0 home defeat by Forres Mechanics when the Pitmedden men head for Mosset Park on Highland League business today.
Saturday’s win against Cove must have dunted a few expectations and blown a few hopes of taking something home from the bookies into the bargain but what it showed above all else is just how competitive SHFL football is.
You can’t really say that this winter has so far been much better or worse than usual but already the SHFL fixture list is beginning to look more than a wee bit congested.