Eight out of eight for United

Cammy Keith opens the scoring for Formartine United against Rothes.
Cammy Keith opens the scoring for Formartine United against Rothes.

Formartine United made it eight league wins out of eight with a 3-0 home victory over Rothes on Saturday.

The three points sees the Pitmedden side joint top of the table with strong-going Brora Rangers.

Dan Park adds Formartine's second against Rothes.

Dan Park adds Formartine's second against Rothes.

Formartine can reflect on a comfortable victory and a clean sheet achieved in the face of quite significant injury problems.

The game was a one-sided affair more or less throughout and it was clear that the priority for Rothes was damage limitation.

But it still took until two minutes from the interval before they finally wilted and it was Cammy Keith who broke the deadlock.

The in-form striker forced his way through the defence to make space before ramming the ball home.

Within a minute, it was 2-0. Campbell sent the ball through to Dan Park who rounded out-rushing keeper Horne and sent the ball into the empty net.

If home fans were expecting a goal rush after the break, they were disappointed.

The Moray side did enough to frustrate their hosts and even managed the rare breakway, but did not really threaten.

United made it 3-0 in the 65th minute.

Park clipped the ball hard and low across goal and Napier nipped in to whip the ball beyond the reach of Horne.

As the game petered out, there was a distinct impression that the Formartine focus was beginning to move on to Saturday’s home Scottish Cup encounter with local rivals Inverurie Locos.

Teams:

Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey, S Smith, Munro, Campbell, Clark, Park, Bagshaw, Keith, Ewen, Napier. Substitutes: Ritchie, Paterson, M Smith, McVitie, Calder.

Rothes: Horne, Stewart, Thomson, Smith, Gallagher, M Dunn, C MacIntosh, Presly, S MacIntosh, Forbes, Corbett. Substitutes: Ramsay, McCullum, Morrison, S Dunn, Ferguson