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Highland League

Buckie Thistle v Keith

Buckie will need to return to winning ways against Keith tomorrow to get their title challenge back on track. Kai Ross won't feature as he's on loan to Buckie Rovers, while Craig Dorrat and Andrew Skinner are both out injured.

Keith were hit for six against Fraserburgh a fortnight ago, new signing Ross Anderson could feature after signing for the club in a three-year deal during the week.

Cove Rangers v Turriff Utd
Cove are now in pole position at the top and four wins from their last four games will see them retain their title. Johnny Smith and Dean Lawrie are their only absentees for the visit of Turriff to Harlaw Park.

Turriff will be without David Ross due to work commitments, while Chris Herd and Cammy Bowden are both doubtful and will have late fitness tests.

Deveronvale v Clach
Steven Davidson is suspended and misses the visit of Clach to Princess Royal Park. New signings Kyle Gauld and Robert Scott could be involved after joining the club from Buckie this week.

Clach played well in defeat to Cove in midweek and they remain without Martin Callum, Ian Penwright, Colin Maclean, Ryan Macdonald, Paul Smith, Stuart Leslie and John Campbell for the trip to Banff. Blair Lawrie and Ross MacKillop return to the squad.

Forres Mechanics v Lossiemouth
Forres are on a superb run of form and will hope to continue that at home to Lossiemouth. Martin Groat misses out through suspension and goalkeeper Stuart Knight is away to Sweden with work. Alan Pollock returns to the squad.

Lossie have only 13 first team players available for various reasons, so have called in three youngsters from their under-20 and under-17 squads.

Fort William v Inverurie Locos
Fort are also struggling with only 13 players available; Michael Ellis is suspended, Scott Chisholm has work commitments and Jordan Knight misses out through injury. Barna Tot and Danny Highet return to the squad.

Ryan Broadhurst returns from suspension for Locos, but Colin Charlesworth is out and they also have a couple of players doubtful for the long trip west. There is a pitch inspection at Claggan Park 8am on Saturday morning. 

Fraserburgh v Formartine Utd
Fraserburgh will hope to transfer their ruthless away form to home turf against Formartine and close the gap on their opponents to just one point with a win tomorrow. Jamie Beagrie is offshore and Scott Henry has been recalled by the visitors after his loan spell at Bellslea.

Formartine bounced back from their crushing defeat at Brora with a hard fought win over Turriff in midweek. The likes of Ewen Macdonald, Jamie Michie and Liam Burnett will hope to retain their places in the starting line-up.

Nairn County v Huntly

Nairn boss Ronnie Sharp hopes to have a fully fit squad for the clash with Huntly at Station Park. A win for the home side would take them to within three points of their opponents in the league table.

Martin MacDonald is the only absentee for the visitors, who put a huge dent in Buckie's title hopes with victory over the Jags last weekend.

Wick Academy v Rothes

Wick midfield general Sam Mackay misses the visit of Rothes through suspension, as Academy look for a win to cement their place in the top six.

Goalkeeper Sean Macintosh is unavailable for Rothes due to work commitments, but Cameron Lisle is available after joining on loan from Brora until the end of the season. Fellow new signing Scott Maclean is unavailable and will have to wait for his debut.

North of Scotland Cup First Round

Tain St Duthus v Brora Rangers

Brora produced a superb performance against Formartine last time out, and tomorrow they make the short trip to Tain to take on local rivals St Duthus in the first round of the North of Scotland Cup. Paul Brindle is the only injury absentee for the Cattachs.

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Latest Results

15-08-2017 20:00 - IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round North
Buckie Thistle 2 : 1 Brechin City
15-08-2017 19:45 - IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round North
Formartine United 2 : 3 Hearts U20
Raith Rovers 3 : 0 Brora Rangers
Stenhousemuir 0 : 2 Cove Rangers
12-08-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 3
Inverurie Locos 1 : 2 Cove Rangers
Keith 3 : 5 Forres Mechanics
Nairn County 1 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Formartine United 4 : 4 Deveronvale
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 2 Huntly
Fort William 0 : 4 Brora Rangers
Turriff United 1 : 0 Lossiemouth
Fraserburgh 4 : 2 Rothes
Wick Academy 1 : 5 Buckie Thistle
05-08-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 2
Lossiemouth 0 : 2 Huntly
Cove Rangers 8 : 0 Fort William

Press and Journal Highland League 2016-17

Rank Teams Played GD Points
1 Buckie Thistle 34 94 82
2 Cove Rangers 34 79 82
3 Brora Rangers 34 80 81
4 Formartine United 34 35 73
5 Fraserburgh 34 29 63
6 Forres Mechanics 34 21 58
7 Turriff United 34 14 58
8 Wick Academy 34 23 53
9 Inverurie Locos 34 18 50
10 Keith 34 -14 47
11 Clachnacuddin 34 -24 41
12 Lossiemouth 34 -18 38
13 Nairn County 34 -17 34
14 Huntly 34 -43 34
15 Deveronvale 34 -24 30
16 Rothes 34 -69 26
17 Fort William 34 -92 11
18 Strathspey Thistle 34 -92 9

Next Matches

19-08-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 4
Brora Rangers - : - Inverurie Locos
Buckie Thistle - : - Formartine United
Clachnacuddin - : - Wick Academy
Cove Rangers - : - Fraserburgh
Deveronvale - : - Keith
Huntly - : - Fort William
Lossiemouth - : - Strathspey Thistle
Rothes - : - Forres Mechanics
Turriff United - : - Nairn County

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