Short Sharp shock for the keeper
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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