- Created: Friday, 03 February 2017 23:16
- Published: Friday, 03 February 2017 23:16
- Written by Stephen Shand
Breedon Highland League Cup Prelim Round
Strathspey Thistle v Formartine Utd
Strathspey Thistle and Formartine try again this weekend after last Saturday's match at Seafield Park was postponed. The home side will be without Ryan Mcleod for this one.
Visitors Formartine will be without the suspended Garry Wood, with the winners of tomorrow's tie facing a trip to Rothes in the next round.
Brora Rangers v Buckie Thistle
It could be the biggest match of the Highland League season so far as leaders Buckie make the trip to face second place Brora at Dudgeon Park. The home side will be without the injured Joe Malin and Paul Brindle, while Ross County goalkeeper Ross Munro has extended his loan spell until the end of the season.
A win for the Jags tomorrow would put them nine points clear of their opponents with a game in hand, and possibly out of reach of the Cattachs. Andy Low, Andrew Skinner and Kai Ross all remain out for the visitors.
Clach v Lossiemouth
Clach and Lossie meet at Grant Street, with only two places and three points separating the two sides in the league table. Martin Callum, Colin Maclean, Scott Maclean, Ian Penwright and Matthew Grant are all out injured for the homesters and Blair Lawrie is unavailable due to work commitments. Stuart Leslie returns to the squad.
Lossie continue their search for a new manager after the resignation of Charlie Charlesworth and interim boss Stuart Cameron is without Shawn Scott and Ryan Farquhar, who are both suspended.
Deveronvale v Fraserburgh
Steven Davidson is suspended for Deveronvale and misses the visit of his old club Fraserburgh to Princess Royal Park. Scott Fraser, Kevin Adams and Lukas Krobot are likely to remain out for the Banff side.
Dean Cowie is still on the injured list for Broch, who recorded a superb win over Brora Rangers last time out. The club were further boosted by the news that Peterhead midfielder Marc Lawrence has extended his loan spell until the end of the season.
Fort William v Rothes
Goalkeeper Douglas MacLennan unfortunately joins Captain Iain Foggo on the long-term injury list for Fort, while Michael Ellis, Barna Tot and Lewis Campbell miss out through work commitments. Scott Chisholm returns from the USA and joins new loan signing from Caley Thistle Stephen Foster in the squad.
Sean Jennings could be the only absentee for Rothes, who this week released strikers Sean McIntosh and Grant Johnston. James McLaren, David McNamara, Finlay Stables and Ryan Stuart have all been made available for transfer as manager Steven Macdonald wastes no time on putting his stamp on the squad he inherited at Mackessack Park.
Inverurie Locos v Keith
Locos face Keith at Harlaw Park and they've been in good form despite their defeat at league leaders Buckie last weekend. Ryan Broadhurst is available again for the home side, but Neil McLean is doubtful and will face a late fitness test.
Visitors Keith could have as many as 12 players missing tomorrow, including the injured Stewart Hutcheon, Michael Dunn, Ryan Spink, Donald Fraser, Ryan Keir and Craig MacAskill. Bruce Milne and Craig Cormack will face late fitness tests, while Courtney Cooper and Frazer Hall miss out due to work commitments. Scott Whelan is out through illness and Gary McNamee is suspended.
Nairn County v Cove Rangers
Glenn Main returns for Nairn against champions Cove at Station Park, while Jason Morganti and Jamie Mackay are also available after they missed the bounce match against Inverness Athletic last weekend. Ryan Macleod is unavailable with work commitments and Willie Barron has retired since the club’s last competitive outing.
Cove returned to form with a magnificent seven against Fort William last weekend, and they add Harry Milne, Paul McManus and Jason Brown to their squad for this one. Johnny Smith and Grant Campbell miss out for the Champions.
Wick Academy v Forres Mechanics
Wick claimed to sixth place in the league table with a win at Deveronvale last weekend and they will hope to have the likes of Alan Farquhar, Gary Weir, Davie Allan and Andrew Hardwick back in the squad to face Forres at Harmsworth Park.
Jordon Wardrope, Kyle Scott, Graham Fraser and Connor McIver are all out for Forres, who have smashed eleven goals in their last two games at Keith and Fort William. The visitors also have a slight doubt over Alan Pollock with a calf strain.