An­der­son ready for visit of un­de­feated league lead­ers

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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.”

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