Fotheringham’s double starts Forfar off with win over Buckie Thistle

Pic credit Christopher Coutts
Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Martyn Fotheringham was delighted to begin the new season with a win as the midfielder grabbed both goals in a 2-0 win over Buckie Thistle.

Foxy converted a penalty following a foul on Craig Smith before sweeping home a Gavin Malin cross at the end of a sublime passage of play.

The experienced midfielder finished the season in fine scoring form and it bodes well for the Loons fans that he’s started pre-season in similar fashion.

But the Station Park stalwart - who is now in his ninth season at the club - said he thinks the squad needs the addition of another striker.

Fotheringham said: “It’s always good to start with goals.

“It’s good to be back because summers without football are rubbish. It was a shorter break, a four week break, so the boys aren’t that unfit. We’re still rusty with touches and things like that but it’s good to be back and get a win in our first game.

“I feel good going into the coming season. We’ve lost a few boys obviously and brought a couple in, it’ll take them a few weeks to settle in but they’re looking good in training.

“I think we need to try and find another striker but everyone seems to be in the same boat, everyone is looking for a striker so there can’t be that many out there.

”It may well be that we have to get a couple of loans when the season starts but we’re looking not too bad, it’s the first game so we’ll take it from there.”

Fotheringham believes new signings Thomas O’Brien, Kevin Nicoll, Bryan Hodge and the returning Iain Campbell are all gelling in well so far.

He continued: “There’s no shyness about them, they’re good outgoing boys.

“The gaffer always tends to bring in boys that he knows all about, he finds out about them first and does his homework, but they’re great lads and fitting in quite well.”

Youngsters Kerr Hay, Craig Smith, James Yates, Cameron Clark and Michael Kennedy all played a part in the friendly and Fotheringham reckons playing in games like this can help to see if the lads - who helped the U20s side to league victory - can play a bigger part.

Foxy said: “It’s down to them to play a part in the coming season.

“Pre-season’s for boys like them to get minutes against, obviously, men because they play in that development league and it’s quite false football at times because boys won’t tackle you or clatter you.

“But it’s good to give them minutes in pre-season games to see if they’re willing to step up to it so it’s up to themselves.”

Chairman Alastair Donald believes the longevity of stars like Fotheringham is a credit to the club.

He added that the club continues to look for a striker but stressed that any acquisition has to be a sensible one financially.

He said: “We’re still chasing that elusive striker. We’re looking at one or two. We’ve got to make sure that whatever we acquire is sensible.

“Gavin Swankie has been here six years. We’ve got Martyn Fotheringham on eight or nine years. Dunlop four, Baxter three, Denholm four but he was away for one, Templeman six or seven.

“That just doesn’t happen at our level. Yano’s come back as well.

“It’s a huge credit to the club.”

Club officials wish to emphasise that this Saturday’s friendly with East Stirlingshire has a 2pm kick-off rather than 3pm.

The game - scheduled in place of the cancelled tie with Petrofac Training Cup opponents Montrose - will cost £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Those are the admission prices for the visit of Cove Rangers on Tuesday evening, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Forfar Athletic season tickets are valid for both of these fixtures.

The popular 1984 Lounge will be open on Saturday ahead of the Shire game from 1pm and season tickets will be on sale within the lounge from 1.30pm to 2pm.

Forfar were this week paired with League Two side Queen’s Park in the first round of the Scottish League Cup.

The Loons head to Hampden Park on Saturday, August 1.

That tie - along with the home game with Montrose in the Petrofac Training Cup - represents a good chance of progression for the Loons, but it won’t be an easy task against beaten play-off finalists.