Created: Friday, 09 March 2018 21:23
Published: Friday, 09 March 2018 21:23
Written by Stephen Shand
Highland League Cup
Forres Mechanics v Cove Rangers
Forres needed extra time to squeeze past Deveronvale in the last round and they now face a huge test against Cove at Mosset Park. Lee Fraser is out with a knee injury and Alan Pollock will have a late fitness test on an ankle problem.
Cove boss John Sheran has a full squad to choose from for this one. The winners of this tie will face a trip to either Nairn County or Fraserburgh in the semi-final.
Nairn County v Fraserburgh
Jordan MacRae misses Nairn's home quarter-final with Fraserburgh as he is suspended and new signing Tom Maclennan is cup-tied. Goalkeeper Ryan Macleod is unavailable, but fellow stopper Dylan Maclean is fit again and returns to the squad along with Adam Naismith and Inaki Fernandino-Soto.
Jamie Beagrie is offshore and is the only absentee for the visitors, who are looking to win the competition for the first time since season 2005-06.
Strathspey Th v Huntly (Victoria Park)
Strathspey and Huntly hope to finally get their First Round tie played at Victoria Park in Buckie tomorrow. Both sides are struggling for players and the 'home' side will have eight regulars missing due to injuries and suspension.
Huntly trio Gary McGowan, Craig Reid and Martin Charlesworth are all out injured, while Blair Johnston and Alex Thoirs miss out through work commitments. Ryan Stewart is also missing due to illness. Meanwhile, winger Neale Davidson has returned to the club on a two-year deal, fourteen months after leaving Christie Park for Turriff United in January 2017. He is ineligible for the trip to Buckie.
Brora Rangers v Keith
Brora take on Keith at Dudgeon Park after their scheduled League Cup tie was postponed due to a snowbound Kynoch Park. Gavin Morrison and Jamie Duff are suspended for the home side.
Donald Fraser and Jason Thornton both miss the long trip north for the Maroons through injury.
Clach v Rothes
Clach meet Rothes at Grant Street and the home side remain without long-term injury victims John Campbell, Martin Callum, Ian Penwright and David McGurk. Ryan Mackintosh and Michael Finnis are also unavailable, while Dan Maclennan could miss out as he's due to leave to play in Australia either this Saturday or next.
Rothes pair Gary Kerr and Blair MacDonald are out injured, while Bruce Milne is suspended. The visitors are in fine league form, winning their last three matches and scoring 13 goals in the process.
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