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Park: Cup win would rescue league season


By Sean McAngus

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Formartine United midfielder Daniel Park says that winning the Highland League Cup is the priority if they want to rescue their rollercoaster season.

This comes following the Pitmedden outfit’s poor run towards the end of last year, which ended their hopes of a shot at the Highland League title.

Earlier this season, United suffered cup final heartbreak at the hands of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire Cup.

Park told the Advertiser: “We are not anywhere near where we want to be as we want to be challenging for the league title.

“That’s where we should be with the squad we have got but some games we haven’t turned up.

“A lot of games if you don’t turn up and be at your best, you will lose and draw.

“We have dropped too many points this season but we want to focus on the rest of season and finish the season as strong as possible, while hopefully winning the Highland League Cup.

“I think all teams go up and down.

“However, I’m not making any excuses. We haven’t shown up and performances as a team haven’t been good enough in some games.

“I think every time we have dropped points we have learned from them.

“The cup is massive and there is nothing else to play for this season, so it is the sole focus to win that if we get through the Rothes game.”

Formartine midfielder Dan Park. Picture: Ian Rennie
Formartine midfielder Dan Park. Picture: Ian Rennie

He insists that high expectations and other teams improving haven’t been the reasons for a poor season.

Park added: “I don’t think it is down to other teams being a lot better than us, it is just our lack of consistency and performances that have cost us.

“I don’t think the other teams improving has been the thing. We have contributed to our own downfall at times.”

We haven’t shown up and performances as a team haven’t been good enough in some games.

Park reckons that the rest of the campaign is all about building momentum for next season as they look to mount a Highland League title challenge.

He added: “We have quite a tough run-in with Brora twice and Inverurie and Rothes twice as well, I think.

“There is no reason why we can’t go on and win every game and go and finish as high as we can.

“It is a chance for management to try different formations and players."

We are not anywhere near where we want to be as we want to be challenging for the league title.

This weekend United will be facing high-flying Rothes in a mouthwatering league clash, which will be key in the race for a top-three finish.

Park said: “I haven’t seen Rothes this season, but they seem to be doing well.

“However, we are confident we can win every game in the Highland League, but we need to show up with the right attitude and play to the best of our ability.”

Dan Park believes that Formartine can be successful in the long run.
Dan Park believes that Formartine can be successful in the long run.

Park believes in the long-term Formartine can shadow the success of his former club Cove Rangers, who have taken Scotland’s League Two by storm after winning the Highland League title last season.

He said: “We have an ambitious board and I don’t see why not.

“We sometimes need luck as it took Cove three opportunities before they went up.

“You need to be challenging to win the Highland League title every season to get a chance to get into the play-offs.”


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