Stalemate at Clach

Formartine United defender Ross Campbell
Formartine United defender Ross Campbell

Formartine United ended their league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Clach in Inverness on Saturday.

For the second week running the Pitmedden side finished with 10 men - Gary Clark was red-cared this time - and it took a goal from defender Scott Campbell to rescue a point.

The final game of a season of disappointed expectation for Formartine revealed, sometimes quite starkly, a number of the fault lines that have run throughout the campaign contributing to a below target fourth place finish.

There were worries about lack of strength in depth through the squad and yet again the team started with depleted numbers - only three on the bench.

Clach started the more fluent and aggressive side taking the game straight to Formartine. Their initial ploy was to lob or chip diagonal balls into space behind Napier and Mathers but in front of the back four and to press from there to get the ball into the box for Brindle and Graham.

United slowly got into the match mainly through Anderson, tackling well and distributing with vision and precision.

A diagonal ball across the goalmouth by Mathers in the 31st minute almost reached Keith and Anderson at the back post as United continued to press, forcing a number of corners.

Half-time came and went with Formartine still pressing fopr the breakthrough.

The game changed fundamentally on the hour mark when Clark was booked for an over-zealous challenge and then sent off for dissent.

Four minutes later Clach took the lead when Brindle hit a superb dipping shot over Shearer from 30 yards.

To their credit United came battling back and drew level in the 72nd minute. Campbell reacted first to a loose ball to net from close range.

Teams:

Clachnacuddin: A MacDonald, Dougall, Finnis, Laing, McGurk, MacKenzie, R Grant, Doran, Brindle, Graham, N MacDonald. Substitutes: Kutsishvili, MacLean, M Grant, R MacDonald, Whyte.

Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey, Smith, McKeown, Campbell, Anderson, Napier, Clark, Keith, Ewen, Mathers: Substitutes: Bagshaw, Dingwall, Davidson