Evening Express

Formartine’s Macphee keeping his feet on ground after Locos win

In the picture keeper Ewen MacDonald makes a save

Archie Macphee reckons the best team won as Formartine United beat Inverurie Locos 4-2.

The Pitmedden team’s victory at Harlaw Park on Saturday keeps them top of the Highland League having won their first four games.

Macphee, who scored and led United’s attack, said: “I thought we controlled the majority of the game and deserved the three points.

“We’ll enjoy the win, but I don’t think it’s a statement of intent.

“Locos are a good side but we just need to concentrate on ourselves and take care of what we do, but it’s a big three points.

“It’s always nice to be top of the league, but we can’t look too far ahead, we just need to concentrate on each game as it comes.”

Formartine player-manager Paul Lawson was absent as he attended a wedding.

Assistant boss Russell Anderson said: “I thought everyone played well.

“We asked for big performances from everyone before the game and I thought we got that. Andrew Greig looked a threat every time he got the ball.

“Ryan Stott was also a threat at times and Archie Macphee linked the play really well up top and allowed us to get up the pitch.

“It’s the first in a period of games we’ve got coming up that are going to be challenging, but it’s a good start.”

In action-packed encounter United, who signed injured defender Scott Henry on a two-year contract extension on Saturday were ahead on 18 minutes when Andrew Greig fired home from 20 yards, but three minutes later Locos were level.

Garry Wood tripped Colin Charlesworth in the box and Neil Gauld tucked away the penalty.

The visitors made it 2-1 just before the half hour when Ryan Stott and Macphee combined after a mistake from Mark Souter to set up Graeme Rodger to net from 14 yards.

Before the break Gary Fraser hit the bar with a penalty for United after Souter tripped Rodger and Stuart Duff’s volley from a tight angle hit a post.

It was 3-1 just after half-time when Macphee headed in Greig’s cross from the left.

Locos rallied with Chris Angus volleying home on 70 minutes to set up an exciting finish.

But Formartine secured the points with six minutes left when Stuart Smith blasted home from close range from Stuart Anderson’s corner.

Inverurie boss Neil Cooper said: “I was delighted with my team, the result flattered Formartine.

“I’m not going to talk about referees, but he (Liam Duncan) sent my assistant manager Steven Park off for nothing.

“I don’t want to get Craig McKeown into trouble, but the way he spoke to him it’s double standards that he wasn’t sent off.”