Formartine United made it two wins out of two with a 2-1 win over Forres Mechanics at North Lodge Park on Saturday.
Michael Ewen was the hero with both goals as the Pitmedden side were made to battle to maintain their solid start to the season.
It was United’s first league win over the 2012 champions, who were reduced to ten men for most of the game after Fraser was dismissed.
The start was a cautious one with both sides probing almost systematically for potential weaknesses in their opponent’s line up. Formartine played what was
almost a 4-3-3 with Dan Park, sitting just a little behind the striking pair of Ewen and Keith.
Joe Hammil, a late and recent signing, looks to be a real find. The former Hearts and Leicester City player exudes class at every turn, works very hard, never seems to waste a ball and is still under 30.
Forres were up against it from the 11th minute when Fraser was sent off for taking down and then stamping on McVittie.
Formartine took the lead in the 29th minute when Park clipped the ball perfectly into the path of Ewen who did what he does best and tucked the ball past the advancing keeper.
The home side kept up the pressure but found the Moray men difficult to break down.
Into the second half and the pattern continued. Ewen added his second in the 56th minute when he latched on to a through ball from Gary Clark and eluded Allan before driving the ball past Knight.
Near the end Mechanics grabbed a consolation. They had forced four corners in three minutes and substitute Lee Clark made the final one pay when he nodded home.
Overall, this was a good three points for Formartine. Forres made it tough for them and showing little change from their championship-winning side 2012 are a serious threat to any team in the competition.
Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey, S.Smith, McKeown, M.Smith, Clark, Park, McVittie, Keith, Ewen, Hammil. Substitutes: Napier, Munro, Soane, Davidson, Calder.
Forres Mechanics: Knight, Allan, Smith, Grant, S. Fraser, G.Fraser, Moore, MacIntosh, Lawrie, A.Fraser, McGovern. Substitutes. Archibald, L.Fraser, Green, Ross, Howard.