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Mechanics lose out in tight clash

By Jonny Clark

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Forres Mechanics v Formartine United, Forres Mechanics, Highland League
Forres Mechanics v Formartine United, Forres Mechanics, Highland League

FORRES Mechanics were disappointed after Formartine left Mosset Park with a hard-fought 1-0 victory on Saturday.

The visitors got off to a quick start, scoring within 90 seconds – but Garry Wood's effort was chopped off by the linesman's flag.

United kept the pressure up though and after efforts from Stuart Anderson and Archie Macphee, they took the lead on seven minutes. Simon Allan was caught on the ball and Macphee knocked into an empty net after 'keeper Stuart Knight had saved well from Wood.

The opening goal sparked Forres into action as Scott Moore dragged wide after dispossessing Craig McKeown and Ryan Farquhar knocked over on the spin.

However, it was Formartine that nearly went into the break with a two-goal advantage as Archie Macphee struck the post after a quick counter.

The second half was even fare, with the Cans unfortunate not to take a point from the game. Simon Allan, whose free kicks were causing problems all afternoon, whipped in a good ball on 50 minutes which was headed goalwards by Graham Fraser but cleared.

Robbie Duncanson's free kick just before the hour mark was tipped wide by Formartine 'keeper Kevin Main.

There was controversy as Scott Moore was played through and tried to lob Main, but he spread himself wide outside the box – with Mechanics players saying the 'keeper stopped the ball with his arm.

The game became scrappy as Moore was involved again, kicking out at Stuart Anderson as he lay on the ball. Formartine assistant manager Russell Anderson, formerly of Aberdeen, was sent to the stand in the aftermath.

Mechanics fought until the end to steal a share of the spoils but, despite the efforts of substitute Scott Miller who was denied by Main, the game ended 1-0.

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