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Feversham Lens
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Sep 11, 2019, 11:59 PM

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Turriff United 0 Formartine United 1 (HT 0-1)
Highland League
Admission £8
Programme £2 (20pp, contained hardly any reading)
Attendance 285 (h/c)
The usual refreshments available (didn’t bother)

This 13th versus sixth derby (of sorts) went to form. Had either side been able to finish, the score would have ended something like 3-8. Formartine, whose supporters made up half the crowd, should have been six ahead before they broke the deadlock a minute before the break. Kieran Lawrence, an impressive young left-back, freed Graeme Rodger, who angled a low shot across keeper Fraser Hobday and into the bottom corner.

Having defended increasingly desperately throughout the opening 45 minutes, youthful Turriff were much improved in the second half. Michael Ewen (64mins) shot just wide from 20 yards and substitute Angus Grant (87mins) was denied by a superb reaction block from keeper Kevin Main. Formartine went closest to doubling their advantage in the 70th minute. Rodger saw a close-range effort cleared off the line by Ewen then Daniel Park rattled a post from the edge of the box. Refreshing to see plenty of respect shown to the match officials. There was very little dissent. Referee Bart Misiak, calm and decisive, had a good game. Owing to the muck spreading activities of Turriff’s farmers, the match was played out amid an agricultural pong. The Formartine contingent wasn’t impressed.

Before kick-off, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Gordon Greig, who served on the committee at Huntly before fulfilling a similar role with Turriff. Gordon was noted for his commitment to youth development.

Turriff’s ground, The Haughs, is tidy but bland and functional. The Haughs is a large area of public space below a small town whose red sandstone buildings reminded me of Appleby. The football ground, at the wooded end of The Haughs, is shoehorned between two streams. The larger, the Burn of Turriff, is at the south end. Though lush and immaculate this evening, the pitch is prone to flooding. Turriff’s three stands look fairly new. Each is clad in dark grey metal sheeting. The most impressive is a two-tier, all-seat structure at the north end. It houses the dressing rooms. If you want to sit in the west stand (and have your view obstructed by numerous roof columns), there’s a £1 transfer charge.

The local heritage society has created a Turriff timeline mural up in town. The ‘Turra Coo’ tale apart, little seems to have happened in this Aberdeenshire backwater. Indeed, Turriff United’s 1954 formation and 2009 election to the Highland League are events deemed worthy of mention.

From our Angus base, reaching Turriff took about 90 minutes, in both directions. The new-looking Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, a lightly trafficked dual carriageway, made life very easy. Coming back, the fact Aberdeenshire appears to retire to bed at 10pm meant the roads were virtually empty.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Sep 12, 2019, 12:10 AM)

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