- Created: Friday, 10 February 2017 19:37
- Published: Friday, 10 February 2017 19:37
- Written by Stephen Shand
Highland League Cup First Round
Brora Rangers v Inverurie Locos
Brora will be hoping history can repeat itself in the Highland League Cup as they beat Locos in the first round last season on their way to lifting the trophy. Joe Malin and Paul Brindle remain out injured for the home side, while John Pickles, Dale Gillespie and Martin Maclean are all suspended.
Stuart Duff misses out through suspension for the visitors, who will look to repeat the form that has seen them take a point from their last two league visits to Dudgeon Park.
Buckie Thistle v Forres Mechanics
Buckie's lead at the top of the table was cut to three points after their defeat at Brora last weekend, and they turn their attention to the cup tomorrow with the visit of Forres to Victoria Park. Andy Low, Kai Ross and Andrew Skinner are all out injured for the Jags.
Kyle Scott , Jordan Wardrope and Fraser Forbes miss out through injury for the visitors, while Craig McGovern is unavailable. Striker Andy Mcrae is in the squad after signing on loan from Caley Thistle and the club have been boosted with the news that Ross MacPherson has signed a one-year contract extension.
Clach v Fort William
Clach face Fort William at Grant Street as they look to repeat their League Cup success of 2014. Daniel Maclennan is doubtful with an ankle injury and Martin Callum and Matty Grant both miss out for the Lilywhites. Blair Lawrie returns to the squad.
Fort captain Ian Foggo has received confirmation on the extent of his knee injury and is unfortunately out for the rest of the season and possibly the start of next. Barna Tot and Lewis Campbell are missing due to work commitments, but 'keeper Douglas MacLennan is set to return and Caley Thistle loanee Stephen Foster could make his debut.
Cove Rangers v Lossiemouth
Cove have returned to form with a bang, scoring 12 goals in their last two games against Nairn and Fort William. Johnny Smith and Grant Campbell will miss the visit of Lossiemouth through injury and Connor Scully is suspended.
New Lossie manager Bobby Beckwith faces a baptism of fire against the champions at Harlaw Park. Ross Campbell is unavailable for this one and Shawn Scott is suspended. Ryan Farquhar returns to the squad.
Deveronvale v Nairn County
Deveronvale and Nairn County will be glad of a break from league struggles as they clash in the League Cup at Princess Royal Park. Vale will hope to improve on last season's League Cup effort, when they went out at the first hurdle to Clach in Inverness.
Gary Kerr is suspended for Nairn, who lost out to Brora in last year's final in a penalty shoot-out. Jack Maclean is available as his one-match suspension only applies to league fixtures.
Huntly v Fraserburgh
Huntly Co-Managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson again have a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of Fraserburgh, with the exception of long term injury victim Martin MacDonald.
Fraserburgh parted company with goalkeeper Paul Leask this week, with the player coming to the end of his contract in the summer and currently unavailable with a broken finger and pending ankle operation. Boss Mark Cowie has a full squad to choose from for this one.
Both teams will hope for a deeper run in the League Cup this time around, after they lost out to Turriff in the first and second round respectively last season.
Rothes v Formartine Utd
Rothes take on Formartine at Mackessack Park and they'll be without the unavailable James Mackay and Sean Jennings. There are also injury doubts over Ricky Henderson and Scott Davidson and Rory Cooke is still out.
Formartine came from behind to put six past Strathspey last weekend and earn their place in the first round proper. The likes of Jonny Crawford and Jamie Masson will be hoping for a return to the starting line-up for the visitors.
Wick Academy v Turriff Utd
Wick face Turriff at Harmsworth Park and will be looking for a repeat of their opening day league win over tomorrow's opponents.
United travel without Lewis Davidson and Ally Mackenzie due to work commitments and the injured Cammy Booth, Jordi Walker and Nick Gray.