- Created: Saturday, 05 August 2017 11:56
- Published: Saturday, 05 August 2017 11:56
- Written by Stephen Shand
Brora Rangers v Strathspey Thistle
Brora suffered a shock defeat at Huntly on Wednesday night and The Cattachs will hope to bounce back at home to Strathspey. Boss Ross Tokely has a full squad to choose from and could make changes to his starting line-up.
Strathspey were on the end of a goal blitz from Cove in midweek and will need to improve to take anything from the visit to Dudgeon Park. The Jags hope to have striker Gavin Hay involved after he missed the opening two games of the season.
Buckie Thistle v Nairn County
Buckie produced an excellent comeback from two goals down to earn a point at Turriff during the week and they will look to return to winning ways against Nairn at Victoria Park. Kai Ross, Greg Sim, Sean Carroll, Declan Milne and Ross Elder are all out on loan, while Craig Cowie and Sean Wood are both injured.
Nairn produced a superb display to see off Deveronvale last time out, but will travel without the injured Gary Kerr and Gregg Main. Adam Naismith is suspended and his brother Ross unavailable due to work commitments. Goalkeeper Dylan Maclean returns, while Calum Riddell, Jason Morganti and Stephen Mackenzie also miss out.
Clach v Turriff Utd
Clach came from behind to defeat nine-man Lossiemouth on Wednesday night and they'll face Turriff without Martin Callum and John Campbell through injury and the unavailable Ryan Mackintosh and Paul Smith. Sean Webb is also struggling and could face a late fitness test.
Turriff had to settle for a point after Buckie's comeback at The Haugh's in midweek and they'll be without Neale Davidson and Ryan Bruce who are out injured. David Booth is suspended and there will be fitness tests for Louis Myres, Kevin Flett and Scott Miller .
Cove Rangers v Fort William
Cove have started the season with a bang, firing in thirteen goals without reply against Huntly and Strathspey. Nick Gray and Jonny Smith are their only absentees for the 'home' game with Fort William. It's also a big day on Sunday for captain Eric Watson, who has his testimonial match at Links Park in Montrose, where Cove Rangers Allstars will take on a team of Tayside Legends.
Fort battled well to come from two down against Rothes in midweek, only to lose out to a late Kris Duncan strike. John Treasurer and Danny Highet both miss this one due to hamstring injuries.
Deveronvale v Wick Academy
Deveronvale take on Wick at Princess Royal Park and both clubs will be looking to get their first win of the new campaign. Stephen Gauld is the only player unavailable for 'Vale.
Wick have started with defeat at Fraserburgh, followed by a draw at home to Forres in midweek. The Scorries will hope to repeat last season's victory at Banff and gain their first three points of this term.
Forres Mechanics v Formartine Utd
Forres have taken four points from a tricky start and they face another tough test against fellow unbeaten side Formartine at Mosset Park. Craig McGovern, Jordan Milne, Jordan Wardrope and Ross MacPherson are all out injured and Simon Allan is on holiday. There is also a doubt over Alan Pollock, but Graeme Grant and John Cameron are both available again.
Formartine are one of only three clubs to have started with two wins from two matches and have also yet to concede a goal. Garry Wood, Craig McKeown and Paul Lawson could all be pushing for recalls for the visitors after injury.
Keith v Fraserburgh
Andy Smith is suspended for Keith after Wednesday's red card at Locos and he misses the visit of Fraserburgh to Kynoch Park. Cammy Keith remains a doubt and Lewis Buxton, James Brownie and Ryan Keir are all unavailable.
Graham Johnston is injured and is the only absentee for the Broch, who will hope to return to winning ways after their narrow defeat at Formartine during the week.
Lossiemouth v Huntly
Lossie are without captain Iain MacRae and striker Scott Dunn through suspension for the home clash with Huntly. Nathan Smith is also banned, while Ryan Farquhar and Harry Noble are on holiday.
Huntly bounced back from an opening day drubbing at Cove to record a superb win over Brora in midweek. They have a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to Grant Park.
Rothes v Inverurie Locos
Rothes struck late at Fort William to keep their 100 percent start to the season intact and they'll be without James Mackay against Locos at Mackessack Park. Rory Cooke is still regaining full fitness after a long term metatarsal injury.
Locos battled to victory over Keith on Wednesday night and they'll travel to Speyside without the suspended Neil Gauld and a doubt over Connor Rennie, who picked up a knock in midweek.