Formartine boss Lawson hoping to make some new memories with Christie Park visit

Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson is hoping to get one over the team he watched as a boy.

The Pitmedden outfit travel to take on Huntly tonight in the first round of the Aberdeenshire Shield.

Lawson’s father Willie was assistant manager with the Strathbogie team during their halcyon days in the 1990s and helped them to win five Highland League titles in a row.

During his childhood Lawson was a regular at Christie Park, but he hopes Huntly aren’t celebrating after his first match their as a manager.

He said: “Since I’ve come into the league as a player I have enjoyed going back to Christie Park.

“It’s certainly a ground that holds many memories for me as a child and my dad had many successful years there. “It’s a place I always like going to, but hopefully it is not a good one for Huntly tomorrow. For my family it is a club that is close to us.

“Both teams had good wins at the weekend so we’ll both want to continue that – it should be a good game.”

New Huntly boss Charlie Charlesworth will take full charge for the first time this evening.

After being appointed last week he allowed player-coaches – his son Martin and Gary McGowan – to prepare the team for Saturday’s 5-1 win over Strathspey Thistle.

Charlesworth expects a tricky encounter but wants his team to have a go.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough game, however I’m seen enough of what we’ve got in the locker, despite having some key players out, to be quite confident in what we can do. “But I’m taking nothing for granted.

“I can see an upturn in fortunes since Paul Lawson and Russell Anderson have taken over at Formartine.

“We’ll have to be on our guard.

“My son Martin is a little bit indisposed just now with his wife due to give birth anytime around now.

“I’ll be relying on Gary McGowan heavily again to keep me right.

“We won’t see much change from Saturday, Ross Still will probably come back into midfield after suspension because we need his physicality.

“We need to have a go at them. We beat them earlier in the season and we need to do a job again because it’s a one-off game we need to win.”