Onwards and upwards for United

Formartine United FC's ground - North Lodge Park.
Formartine United FC's ground - North Lodge Park.

Formartine United manager Steve Paterson is not dwelling on last season’s final day title heartbreak.

And neither is his team, judging by their impressive start to the new campaign.

A buzz has quickly returned to North Lodge Park following the bitter disappointment of losing out to Cove Rangers in the winner-takes-all showdown.

The Pitmedden side have swept all before them so far and new signings have blended in well, particularly prolific striker Cammy Keith, who netted 34 times for Keith last term.

Keith has teamed up with Mike Ewen, who bagged 38 goals last season, to form a formidable attacking force.

But Formartine have already shown they can score from any position.

Paterson has also added former Buckie Thistle midfielder Gary Clark and former Hearts and Leicester City player Joe Hamill.

The United manager said: “What happened last season was one of those things. From my point of view I felt Cove won it on merit.

“We put in a great effort but fell short. But now we have to move forward.”

Paterson knew his rivals would be strengthening their line-ups over the summer months and carefully went about bringing the players he believes will make the difference this time around.

He felt United were lacking a bit of quality in the crunch games last season, adding: “I have trimmed the squad from the 21 we had last time to around 17.

“I have let lads go but I believe it is a better quality squad.”

Paterson is determined to bring a trophy to North Lodge Park and while the league title is his focus, he would also like to land a cup during the campaign.

The former Aberdeen boss said: “We would really like to get silverware to the club this season.

“The league is obviously the main one and it would be nice to get one of the cups.”