The ghost of Darren Bailey haunts his former gaffer Paterson


Sometimes, I have been amazed at how many times football managers have screwed up when it comes to letting go of a player who comes back to haunt them. This makes the manager question their decision-making when it comes to releasing players. At Grant Park determination was on show that earned Lossie a point.

Formartine Manager Steve Paterson must have been haunted by the ghost of former player Darren Bailey on Saturday as the defender scored a cracking equalizer to give an impressive Lossiemouth a point against one of the big spenders in the league.

The player gave his former club the worst early Christmas present which was ending their dreams of challenging for the title. Bailey has shone out in the Coasters team with his work rate and aggression quick style of play. Why didn’t Formartine keep him he’s a quality player and he would have help the Pitmedden side a great deal.

Charlie Charlesworth put out the best Lossie squad I have ever seen since I started reporting on them last season. The defence were very solid almost the full 90 minutes and the attackers were putting intense pressure on their opposition’s back four. Connor Hall, the exciting young keeper pulled off some great saves which impressed me.

Formartine lacked the killer instinct despite dominating the first half and creating many one on one opportunity which they didn’t make the most of. Maybe not placing high earner Striker Cammy Keith into the starting line up ended up being costly with him usually bagging a goal every game.

The only player that really played well for the away side was the talented Marek Madle whose creative movement cause Charlesworth’s team all sorts of problems.

He even scored a delightful chip which could be a contender for goal of the season. All in all Lossie go into Christmas in a happy mood. Meanwhile Formartine will be trying to get rid of this horrible game from their memory.

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