United ease to victory

Paul Napier, right, is congratulated after scoring against Rothes.
Paul Napier, right, is congratulated after scoring against Rothes.

Formartine United maintained their winning start to the season with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Rothes at North Lodge Park on Saturday.

In-form Cammy Keith was again on target, notching two with other goals coming from Napier and new signing French.

United have won all their encounters against the Moray side and the destination of the points was never really in doubt.

Formartine had the whip hand from start to finish but for the greater part of the first half, Rothes maintained shape and discipline enough to provide a decent level of midfield resistance to their hosts.

The pairing of Napier and Keith is new but is already showing promising signs.

From a move down the left French cut the ball into the box and when Napier’s shot was blocked, Keith was on hand to grab his third goal in as many games.

However, any thoughts of the floodgates opening were dashed when the Speysiders drew level in the 29th minute.

Hesitancy by Mark Smith near the centre circle allowed McIntosh to break free and his superb shot from 20 yards curled and dipped beyond the reach of Shearer.

A period of sustained pressure led to Formartine taking the lead again just before the interval.

Napier got a touch on a low ball that came through a ruck of players and controlled it enough to chip the advancing Horne.

The second half saw a significant change as an altered Formartine side raised their game.

Anderson had limped off before half-time to be replaced by Munro and Rusty Smith was replaced at the break by Bagshaw.

The second half was only three minutes old when new boy Sam French demonstrated his finishing prowess.

The move was initiated by new full back Duguid breaking down the right. He fed Napier who found captain for the day McVitie and his pass was drilled home from close range by French.

This knocked the stuffing out of Rothes who began to lose shape and rhythm as Formartine kept up the pressure.

Cammy Keith made it 4-1 with his second in the 69th minute with a downward header from a corner.

The scoreline was decent and so too most aspects of the performance. A bit more confidence up front will help the goal difference statistics as the season progresses, but this was a competent display on the splendid newly redeveloped pitch that augurs well for the season ahead.

Teams:

Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey, S Smith, Duguid, Hay, M Smith, Napier, McVitie, Keith, Anderson, French. Substitutes: Dingwall, Madle, Bagshaw, Munro, MacKay, Ritchie, Calder.

Rothes: Horne, Winton, Ewen, Trialist, Lamberton, Dunn, McKinnon, Stewart, McIntosh, Rodrigues, Thomson. Substiutes: Morrison, Lambie, Gibb, Ferguson.