Lawson hails his Formartine United charges after they get back to winning ways

Paul Lawson, Jerry O'Driscoll and Russell Anderson.

Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson praised his team for overcoming the double adversity of league defeats and conceding early to win at home to Clachnacuddin.

The Highland League Cup clash between Lawson’s team and the Inverness outfit ended 5-1 to United.

Lawson said: “We went 1-0 down, which was maybe against the run of play a wee bit, because I think we started the game very well.

“But at the same time, Clach were set up well and it’s always the same with them – they’re always well organised.

“The boys kept playing away and got two goals just before half-time, which was good.

“I thought in the second half we came out and controlled the game, and scored a few goals, which was pleasing.”

The Pitmedden men found themselves 1-0 down through Clach midfielder James Beeston.

However, Formartine soon equalised through a goal that was a carbon copy of one they scored in the 3-2 loss to Cove Rangers last week.

Andy Greig cut in from the left wing and his deflected strike took a nick off a Clach defender before finding the net.

United took the lead before half-time after a quick free-kick from Graeme Rodger was worked wide. The resulting cross was then met by Wayne Mackintosh to fire it in.

After the interval, Rodger turned scorer with a drive from the edge of the box.

Lawson himself then got in on the act, from a 20-yard free-kick.

The scoring was rounded off by Rodger, who chipped Clach keeper Douglas Maclennan.

Lawson added: “It was pleasing.

“We scored some good goals and there was some good play as well.”

United were coming off the back of two sore defeats to Cove, in the Scottish Cup then the Highland League, and Lawson was happy to get things moving in the right direction again.

He said: “I said before the game it was important to get back to winning ways.

“It would have been (the case) in the league, but even more so in the cup because you want to get through to the next round.

“In terms of silverware it’s the last thing for us to play for, so it’s important we do well, get to the final and hopefully pick up the trophy.”

Elsewhere in the Highland League cup, Keith beat Buckie Thistle 3-0 at Victoria Park. All three goals were scored by veteran striker Cammy Keith, who is now the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Fraserburgh cruised to a 9-0 win over Bellslea visitors Fort William, while Nairn County beat Lossiemouth 3-2.

The draw for the Highland League Cup quarter-finals will see Formartine v Strathspey or Huntly, Nairn v Fraserburgh, Keith v Brora Rangers or Turriff and Forres or Deveronvale v Cove or Rothes.