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Pele exits as United flounder; Highland round-up.

Steve Paterson last night stepped down as Formartine gaer after a shock 3-2 home defeat to strugglers Huntly.

the former Aberdeen boss had been charged with making Formartine the biggest force in the north game.

But the big-spending Pitmedden outfit has struggled this season and now languish in seventh place, 22 points adrift of league leaders Brora.

Ironically, it was old club Huntly - where 'Pele' was a prolic trophy winner before taking over at Inverness Caley istle - who brought the curtain down on his Formartine career with No.2 Craig Stewart also leaving.

Paterson and United chairman Atholl Cadger couldn't be contacted last night but a club statement said the parting had been "amicable" and thanked him for bringing the club a first senior trophy, the Aberdeenshire Cup, in 2013.

David Booth had fired Huntly in front inside two minutes but Formartine were ahead by the 11th minute thanks to Graham Hay and Callum Dingwall.

However, Ian Cruickshank's brace capped the latest in a long line of poor performances for the side Paterson took charge of four years ago.

Meanwhile, Steven MacKay took his goal tally for the season to a remarkable 48 with a hat-trick in Brora's 7-0 thrashing of Lossiemouth.

But second-placed Turrirefused to be outdone as a Gary Harris hat-trick and Robbie Allan double helped deliver the same 7-0 scoreline against Rothes.

Jonny Smith also bagged a treble as Cove thrashed hosts Deveronvale 6-0.

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Date:Mar 15, 2015
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