Short Sharp shock for the keeper

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Aaron Nor­ris wants to use his For­mar­tine United loan spell to go back to Peter­head and make an im­pact.

The for­mer Aberdeen young­ster joined For­mar­tine at the end of Septem­ber and they are since un­beaten.

Nor­ris strug­gled for min­utes with the Blue Toon early in the cam­paign and felt get­ting games un­der his belt was the most im­por­tant thing.

His per­for­mance in Wed­nes­day’s 4-2 vic­tory over Cove Rangers drew praise from man­ager Paul Law­son and he hopes his dis­plays can stand him in good stead when he makes his re­turn to Bal­moor in Jan­uary.

He said: “It’s been re­ally en­joy­able. I feel re­ally priv­i­leged to be part of Paul’s side and we’re un­beaten since I’ve come here. Min­utes have been im­por­tant to get my fit­ness back up.

“For­mar­tine have al­ways been a very good side and be­fore I came here I knew what they were about and how they played. It suited my game.

“I nor­mally train with Peter­head ev­ery sec­ond Wed­nes­day but, with games be­ing on a Wed­nes­day night, I can’t re­ally do that. My aim is to play as high as I can for as long as I can. Peter­head is my team – I’m here un­til Jan­uary and hope­fully I can go back there and do my bit.

“I’ve still got a cou­ple of months and, with the cup run we’re on, I’ll get some more min­utes.”

Wed­nes­day’s win at Bal­moral Sta­dium was even more pleas­ing from a For­mar­tine per­spec­tive given their re­cent record against the High­land League cham­pi­ons, which Law­son con­cedes has been poor.

Cove won the league meet­ing be­tween the two sides in Septem­ber, less than a month af­ter knock­ing them out of the Aberdeen­shire Cup.

Nor­ris added: “It was my first time go­ing there. Cove are a re­ally good side, be­ing top of the league, and it’s a great re­sult.” Nairn County man­ager Ron­nie Sharp says goal­keeper James Ken­dall must learn from the mis­take that handed Brora Rangers the opener in Wed­nes­day’s 4-0 de­feat by the Cat­tachs.

Ken­dall spilled Brora de­fender Ally Mac­Don­ald’s de­liv­ery to the feet of player-man­ager Steven Mackay, who net­ted five min­utes be­fore the break, with the Suther­land out­fit go­ing on to add three more goals in the sec­ond half.

Ken­dall joined Nairn on a three-year deal from ju­nior out­fit Nairn St Ninian in the sum­mer and Sharp in­sists the 26-year-old is one of a num­ber of play­ers still adapt­ing to the High­land League.

Sharp said: “Be­fore that he prob­a­bly caught ev­ery­thing, but he came to punch that one and made a mis­take.

“It’s his first sea­son in the league so he needs to learn. When you step up to this league you can’t get away with mak­ing these mis­takes.

“We had nine play­ers in the squad that are 21 or un­der, so it’s a lot of pres­sure on them.

“It’s a hard learn­ing curve, but the Brora boys are the top play­ers around here.

“You can tell why they are third in the league, you can see the dif­fer­ence.

“But I can’t fault my boys for their com­mit­ment.”

Nairn take on Lossiemouth at Grant Park to­mor­row, with Sharp adding: “We will be down the same lines again, so hope­fully we can put the same com­mit­ment in against Lossie.”

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