Formartine frustrated after spate of call-offs

A rare sight at the moment - Formartine in action at North Lodge Park.
A rare sight at the moment - Formartine in action at North Lodge Park.

Formartine United are counting the cost of a run of weather-hit postponements which has seen the club without a home game for nine weeks.

United have not played this year and their last match was at Lossiemouth just before Christmas.

The Pitmedden club last played at North Lodge Park in the league way back in November when they beat Nairn County 4-3.

Last Saturday’s home fixture against Fraserburgh was even called off on Friday afternoon due to the frozen state of the pitch.

Fortunately, due to midweek games played earlier in the season, the backlog is not too severe.

But club secretary Martin Johnston admitted they are frustrated by the series of postponements.

He said: “It’s nine weeks since we last had a home game.

“We do everything we can to get games on but when you have conditions like last weekend, it’s just impossible.

“We will see the effect on the hospitality side, because the postponed matches will probably be rescheduled for midweek and you don’t get the same turnout.

“The Inverurie Locos derby (called off during the festive season) is a big one for us.”

However, Mr Johnston said a fixture backlog would be avoided through the playing of some midweek fixtures at the start of the season.

He added: “The league secretary John Grant came in for a bit of flak over that, but he has been vindicated. Credit where credit is due.”

Formartine will hope to finally get back into action when they travel to Deveronvale on league business on Saturday.