The Formartine faithful who made the 200 plus mile journey to Berwick for the Scottish Cup tie against Berwick Rangers returned disappointment as Formartine crashed to a two-nil defeat.
From the start Formartine flew at Berwick who were immediately forced onto the back foot as Napier, McVitie, Anderson and Madle moved the ball about at blistering pace and caused some mayhem in the Berwick ranks.
In the eighth minute Formartine had the ball in the net from a scramble following a corner, but the referee ruled it out for a foul on the keeper.
From that point on, Formartine began to crumble at the same rate as Berwick began to get their act together. By the mid- point of the first half, Berwick had not only got back into the game but were beginning to dominate. By the half hour mark, Formartine were being made to dance to their tune, a situation that persisted for the rest of the game.
Pressure on Formartine was mounting to an inevitable breaking point and the 36th minute opening goal was fully consistent with the run of play. Hay ironically electing not to go for the long ball was in some space before attempting a simple ten yard pass to Clark. It was woefully under -struck and easily intercepted by Currie who slipped it on to the speedy Gray who in turn whipped the ball hard and accurate to the back stick to be headed clinically home from about 4 or 5 yards range by GOLD.
Formatine could probably count themselves lucky to concede only one further goal during this period. This came after Young picked up another long ball from Formartine defence and slipped it to Currie who exchanged passes with Hoskins before crossing to the near post where LAVERY’s head beat Shearers hands to the ball as he dinked a neat loopy header into the net three minutes before half time.
Formartines only chance of the second half came when Duguid, breaking down the right, got in an angled drive that Andrews grabbed at his near post.
Stuart Smith was sent off, rather harshly, for a second bookable offence, the first looked like an accident, to complete the disappointment of arrival after the long journey.
An abject performance against decent, but not really much more than that opposition. It takes a certain type of team with players with a particular skill set and physique to prosper in the long ball game. Formartine don’t have that and on the occasions that they have relied on long ball stuff have, unless against visibly inferior opposition, lived to regret it.
Berwick Rangers: Andrews, Norman, Hoskins, L Currie, Young, Tulloch, Gray, P Currie, Dargo, Gold, Lavery.
Formartine United: Shearer, Munro, Smith, McKeown, Hay, Clark, Napier, McVitie, Keith, Anderson, Madle.