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Clachnacuddin need Fraserburgh repeat at Formartine United on Wwednesday night

By Alasdair Fraser

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JORDAN MacDonald reckons Clach can cause an upset away to Formartine United tomorrow if they reproduce the impressive performance levels shown against Fraserburgh.

Clachnacuddin v Fraserburgh 2 October 2021: Robbie Thompson. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Clachnacuddin v Fraserburgh 2 October 2021: Robbie Thompson. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The Lilywhites gave the league leaders a fright at Grant Street Park before going down to a gut-wrenching, late Scott Barbour winner.

Applauded even by Broch manager Mark Cowie for the way they knocked the ball about, manager MacDonald is clear his team will need the same against powerful Pitmedden hosts tomorrow evening.

There was plenty of character from the Merkinch men at the weekend after going behind inside 25 seconds to a Lewis Duncan goal.

James Anderson responded with the leveller after 10 minutes, and with Keiran Simpson sent off for Fraserburgh, Clach threatened to take all three points.

But Cowie’s side are ruthless and resilient this season and Barbour’s goal four minutes into stoppage time made it 10 wins and a draw from 11.

“If we bring the same attitude, desire and commitment as we did on Saturday against Fraserburgh then we’ll give ourselves a very good chance on Wednesday night,” MacDonald said.

“Formartine took a very sore one themselves on Friday night in losing the Aberdeenshire Cup Final to Banks O’Dee and I’m sure they will be desperate to get back out there for a game pretty quickly as well.

“They’ve got good players who can hurt us, but we’ve got good players who can hurt them as well.

“We’ll go over there looking to play on the front foot, get the ball down and pass it.”

MacDonald was delighted with the performance against the league leaders and feels it is a measure of how far the players have come that they cut a desolate picture after full-time.

“Our players have been absolutely fantastic in how they have responded to what we’ve asked them to do.

“Do we want more? Of course we do – that’s just football – but the players want more themselves.”

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