- Created: Friday, 17 February 2017 19:53
- Published: Friday, 17 February 2017 19:53
- Written by Stephen Shand
Highland League Cup First Round
Deveronvale v Nairn County
Deveronvale and Nairn try again after last weekend's Highland League Cup tie at Princess Royal Park was postponed. Chris Blackhall, Dan Smith, Scott Fraser and Kevin Adams all miss out for the home side.
Nairn have Jack Maclean available for this cup tie, with his suspension only applying to league matches. Gary Kerr serves a one-match ban, while Paul Macleod should be fit after picking up a knock against Cove last time out.
Clach v Huntly
Clach are in decent form as they push for a top-half finish, putting six past Fort William in the cup in midweek. Martin Callum and Matty Grant miss the visit of Huntly through injury and Stuart Leslie is offshore. Ryan Mackintosh is also unavailable, while the club are hopeful of bringing James Ross in on loan in time to feature tomorrow.
Huntly were on the receiving end of champions Cove's devastating return to goalscoring form on Wednesday night, as Co-Managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson suffered their first defeat since taking over in December. The club have confirmed the signing of Kieran Adams on a 2 and a half year contract from Locos and he goes straight into the squad for their trip to Clach. Long term injury victim Martin MacDonald is their only absentee.
Formartine Utd v Inverurie Locos
Formartine squeezed past Rothes in the cup during the week and they take on Locos in a derby clash at North Lodge Park tomorrow. Striker Neil Gauld will hope to retain his place after netting a double in midweek.
Locos will look to bounce back from their mauling at Brora, but face another tough test at local rivals Formartine. Neil McLean misses out and boss Neil Cooper is waiting on the fitness of one other player before naming his squad.
Cove Rangers v Forres Mechanics
Cove welcome Forres to Harlaw Park and they're in imperious form, having notched up a stunning 24 goals in their last four games. Jonny Smith and Grant Campbell are their only absentees for this one.
Forres face another big test at the free scoring champions after they pushed Brora all the way in midweek. Jordan Wardrope and Kyle Scott remain out for the visitors, while Stuart Knight is doubtful after coming off injured in midweek.
Fraserburgh v Wick Academy
Willie West is suspended and misses the battle of the black-and-whites, as Wick travel to Bellslea to take on Fraserburgh.
Both clubs suffered disappointing Highland League Cup exits last weekend, but the visitors bounced back well to take all three points at Lossie on Wednesday night.
Keith v Brora Rangers
Keith have Michael Ralton, Michael Dunn, Ryan Spink, Donald Fraser, Scott Whelan and Ryan Keir out injured. There are also doubts over David Dey and Adam Clark due to illness and Frazer Hall misses out with work commitments. Ryan Robertson has joined Culter on loan until the end of the season. Courtney Cooper returns from offshore and Stewart Hutcheon and Craig MacAskill return from injury.
Brora are in good form, securing three vital points from the trip to Forres in midweek to pull level with Buckie at the top of the table. Joe Malin and Paul Brindle miss the trip to Kynoch Park through injury.
Lossiemouth v Strathspey Thistle
Lossiemouth face Strathspey at Grant Park and they have Joao Rodrigues and Andrew Stewart out through suspension, but Shawn Scott returns from his ban. The home side will hope to continue the form that's seen them unlucky in defeat to both Cove and Wick.
Craig McMillan will start for Strathspey after joining the club from Rothes. Scott Hume, Inaki Fernandino-Soto and Ryan McLeod are all suspended for the visitors.
Turriff Utd v Fort William
Turriff secured an excellent win at Wick in the League Cup last weekend and they will hope to follow up that result at home to Fort William. Darren Wood is out through suspension, while Leszek Nowosielski, Nick Gray, Jordi Walker and Kenneth Mair are all unavailable.
Fort welcome back Richard Tawse and Scott Chisholm to their squad for the trip to The Haughs, but they have a doubt over Scott Davidson who has a tweaked hamstring.