Anderson ready for visit of undefeated league leaders
Experienced Formartine midfielder Stuart Anderson is well aware of the task facing him and his Pitmedden team-mates.
Anderson said: “They are flying and the players they have recruited, who have all played at a higher level, shows you their intention.
“We know a lot about Jamie Masson as he used to be here. We know just how good a player he is, so it will be a tough ask for us at North Lodge Park.
“However, all the pressure is on them to maintain their unbeaten record while we are just finding our feet, as it were.
“We can relax going into this one as there’s absolutely no pressure on ourselves.
“If we get anything form the game it will be a bonus for us as no one expects us to take anything from it.”
Reflecting on the firepower on show this afternoon, the former Southampton midfielder added: “They have Mitch Megginson, who leads the league scoring charts on 17 goals, but our own Archie Macphee is only one behind him on 16, and he’s only played in attack fairly recently, so he’s just as big a threat.”
Cove Rangers manager John Sheran said: “Formartine are one of the top teams in the league and they have proved that over the last few years.
“Irrespective of who is in charge of them they have a fantastic squad of players, so we all know it is going to be a really tough game. They will be going all out to impress their new manager Paul Lawson.
“Games between Formartine and Cove are always full of excitement and a lot of good football and I don’t see this one being any different.”
Cove Rangers’ only absentee is forward Jonny Smith.
Elsewhere, secondplaced Fraserburgh face Forres Mechanics for the second time in a week.
Last Saturday the Broch knocked the Can-Cans out of the Scottish Cup 2-1 at Bellslea and this time the pair go head-to-head at Mosset Park.
Mechanics are without forward Scott Moore, while full-back Simon Allan has a knee injury but goalscoring midfielder Stuart Soane is set to return.
Fraserburgh also face selection concerns with leading scorer Gary Harris on honeymoon and defenders Marc Dickson, Lewis Davidson and Ryan Cowie all injured. a good side, so we will have to be at our very best to go through, but we are still unbeaten at Mackessack Park this season and we will try to play on that. We will also have a big support behind us.
“Unfortunately, we now have central defender Paul MacLeod out with the cracked ribs he picked up against Edusport in last week’s game, Jamie Wilson is unavailable and fellow forward Craig Cormack is still out with a back injury, so we only have 14 signed players fit and available.”
Wick Academy hope to go on better than last weekend in their first-round replay at Stirling University.
Academy manager Tom McKenna said: “We will probably start as underdogs and that’s not such a bad thing as it puts less pressure on us as a team.
“I am feeling fairly confident, as are all the lads, and we’re not expecting any problems with the artificial surface we’re playing on tomorrow as we train on it all the time.”