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Team news for Saturday 10th December

Buckie Thistle v Nairn County
Buckie returned to the top of the table with a win at Fort William and they face Nairn County at Victoria Park tomorrow. The Jags remain without Kai Ross, Andrew Skinner and Greg Sim through injury, while Ceiran Mclean is also out with an ankle problem. Lewis Mackinnon returns from suspension.

Captain Wayne Mackintosh and goalkeeper Dylan Maclean are back in the County squad, but Gregg Main and Chris Moir are unavailable and work commitments rule out Jamie Mackay. Paul Macleod remains out through injury and Willie Barron could have work commitments.

Cove Rangers v Deveronvale
Cove recorded a superb win at title rivals Brora last weekend and they will hope to continue that form against Deveronvale at Harlaw Park. Eric Watson is out through suspension for the 'home' side.

Vale travel without defenders Scott Fraser, Kevin Adams and Lukas Krobot. Graeme Watt, Liam Forbes, Ross Aitken and Kevin Souter are all back in the squad.

Formartine Utd v Strathspey Thistle
Formartine are back in excellent form and made short work of League Two Annan in the Scottish Cup last weekend, before putting five past in-form Keith in midweek. Garry Wood returned from injury against Keith and United are hoping Jonny Crawford and Paul Lawson will return to action soon.

Strathspey boss Brian Grant has a full squad to choose from, plus midfielder Robert Scott, who has joined the club on loan from Buckie Thistle until the end of the season.

Fraserburgh v Forres Mechanics (2pm)
Broch have returned to winning ways with victories over Nairn and Fort William and they face Forres at Bellslea in the early kick off. New captain Ryan Christie is still out injured, along with

The Cans are still without Jordan Wardrope and Scotty Moore with knee injuries and Kyle Scott with a kidney stone. Craig McGovern also misses out through suspension and Graham Fraser is unavailable.

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Munro quits as Brora boss

Grant Munro has resigned as player-manager of Brora Rangers.

Cattachs chairman William Powrie said: "Grant has enjoyed several seasons with Brora Rangers and has been a firm favourite of the fans.

"The management role brings with it much added pressures and challenges, and Grant felt that progress was not being made as he originally had wished.

"We wish him every success for the future."

The Brora team for Saturday's game away at Rothes will be under the management of current assistant boss Steven MacDonald.

Full Time score: Wednesday 7th December

Formartine United came from behind to score four times in 20 second half minutes to defeat Keith and close the gap at the top of the Highland League table.

Formartine Utd 5-2 Keith 

Formartine: Conor Gethins (17, 65), Derek Young (52), Scott Barbour (56), Jamie Masson (72) 

Keith: Luke Barbour (30), Donald Fraser (39)

Formartine sign McBride

Formartine United have completed the signing of Russell McBride after his release from Fraserburgh.

Following McBride's departure, the Broch have named Ryan Christie as the new club captain.

Huntly begin search for new manager

Huntly co-managers Dougie Baxter and Mark Gray have parted company with the club by mutual consent.

The board wishes to place on record their thanks to Baxter and Gray for their considerable efforts and hard work during a challenging period of transition for the club.

The process to recruit a new management team will start in due course. Arrangements are currently being made to cover the dugout responsibilities until a new appointment is made.

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 3rd December

Scottish Cup Third Round

Formartine Utd 4-0 Annan Athletic 

Formartine: Conor Gethins (56, 59, 72), Scott Barbour (69)

Stirling Albion 2-0 Wick Academy 

Stirling: Blair Henderson (42), Dylan Bikey (84)

Third Round Replay

Stenhousemuir 3-1 Forres Mechanics 

Stenhousemuir: Colin McMenamin (12, 15, 81) 

Forres: Liam Baxter (88 pen) 

Craig McGovern sent off (90+2) 

Highland League

Brora Rangers 1-2 Cove Rangers 

Brora: Craig Campbell (62) 

Cove: Mitch Megginson (23 pen, 36) 

Fort William 2-5 Buckie Thistle 

Fort: Jack Lingard (88), Ian Foggo (89) 

Buckie: Sam Urquhart (12, 20, 37), John McLeod (45), Declan Milne (75) 

Huntly 2-4 Turriff Utd 

Huntly: Ross Still (44), Jordan Morrice (58) 

Turriff: David Booth (14, 42 pen, 80), Lewis Davidson (74) 

Inverurie Locos 6-0 Rothes 

Locos: Martin Bavidge (34, 57), Colin Charlesworth (39), Joe McCabe (62), Stephen Jeffrey (64), Neil McLean (71)

Nairn County 0-2 Fraserburgh 

Broch: Paul Campbell (42), James Beagrie (70) 

Strathspey Thistle 0-4 Keith  

Keith: Mike Ewen (27), Luke Barbour (28), Kris Duncan (45), Adam Clark (55)

Hunter and Gethins look forward to cup run continuing

Formartine thrashed Annan 4-0 in the third round of the Scottish Cup to set-up a tie at Premiership side Partick.

Conor Gethins hit a hat-trick for United against the League Two club, while Scott Barbour was also on target.

Formartine are the last Highland League side left in the competition and will visit Firhill on Saturday 21st January.

After the victory over Annan, John Innes was among the reporters who spoke to United boss Kris Hunter and Gethins. Listen to the interviews below.

Conor Gethins


Kris Hunter


Team news for Saturday 3rd December

Scottish Cup Third Round

Formartine Utd v Annan Athletic
Formartine and Annan will try to get their Third Round clash played at the second attempt after the tie was postponed last weekend. Striker Garry Wood should be fit to return after injury for the home side.

Steven Black, Peter Watson and Ryan Finnie are all unavailable for visitors Annan.

Stirling Albion v Wick Academy
Stirling boss Dave Mackay has added two players to his squad for the cup clash with Wick, French striker Dylan Nguene Bikey and midfielder Calvin Colquhoun on loan from Dundee.

The winners have the incentive of a home tie in the Fourth Round, against either Clyde or Arbroath.

Scottish Cup Third Round Replay

Stenhousemuir v Forres Mechanics
Forres came from behind to earn a replay against League One Stenhousemuir last weekend, and they remain without Scott Moore and Jordan Wardrope for the replay at Ochilview. Kyle Scott is also still out with a kidney stone condition.

Highland League

Brora Rangers v Cove Rangers
Both Brora player-manager Grant Munro and Cove boss John Sheran have full squads to choose from the Highland League match of the day at Dudgeon Park.

Six points separate Brora in first and Cove in third place at the top of the table, but the Aberdeen side have three games in hand over their rivals and did beat them in the league earlier in the season. 

Fort William v Buckie Thistle
Fort William will be without Michael Ellis, Iain MacLellan, Barna Tot and Kai Taylor due to work commitments for the visit of high-flying Buckie. Craig Mainland, Lewis Campbell, Douglas MacLennan and Iain MacIntyre all return to the squad.

The Jags were superb in defeat to Championship side Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup last time out and they remain without Andrew Skinner and Kai Ross for the trip to Claggan Park. Lewis Mackinnon and Ceiran Mclean also miss out through suspension.

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Rank Teams Played GD Points
1 Buckie Thistle 18 61 47
2 Brora Rangers 20 51 47
3 Cove Rangers 17 43 44
4 Formartine United 18 26 40
5 Turriff United 19 9 34
6 Fraserburgh 19 6 34
7 Keith 21 -5 30
8 Wick Academy 16 18 28
9 Inverurie Locos 19 10 26
10 Forres Mechanics 17 1 25
11 Clachnacuddin 19 -11 24
12 Lossiemouth 18 -7 22
13 Nairn County 20 -14 19
14 Deveronvale 19 -15 17
15 Rothes 19 -44 17
16 Huntly 18 -31 15
17 Strathspey Thistle 19 -46 7
18 Fort William 20 -52 6

Next Matches

10-12-2016 14:00 - SHFL Week 20
Fraserburgh - : - Forres Mechanics
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Buckie Thistle - : - Nairn County
Cove Rangers - : - Deveronvale
Formartine United - : - Strathspey Thistle
Keith - : - Fort William
Lossiemouth - : - Huntly
Rothes - : - Brora Rangers
Turriff United - : - Inverurie Locos
Wick Academy - : - Clachnacuddin

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