- Created: Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:26
- Published: Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:26
- Written by Stephen Shand
Highland League Cup
Cove Rangers v Turriff Utd
Cove take on Turriff United at Balmoral Stadium and they'll have captain Eric Watson available again, after he was suspended for the win over Forres last weekend.
Turriff are in poor form with only one win in five in the league, and a second crushing defeat of the season to Banks o' Dee in the Aberdeenshire Shield nine days ago.
Formartine Utd v Inverurie Locos
Tie of the round is the derby clash between Formartine and Locos at North Lodge Park. Jevan Anderson misses out through suspension for the home side.
Greg Mitchell, Connor Rennie, Andy Hunter and Johnny Smith all miss out for Locos, who are looking to lift the trophy for the first time since the 2008/09 season.
Fort William v Wick Academy
Fort William face Wick at Claggan Park and boss Kris Anderson will again have a young and inexperienced squad to choose from, due to work commitments and injuries.
Wick travel without Sean McCarthy, Michael Steven, Grant Steven, Alan Hughes, Andy Hardwick, Jack Henry and Sam Mackay.
Fraserburgh v Deveronvale
Fraserburgh were beaten finalists in last season's competition and they take on local rivals Deveronvale in the First Round at Bellslea. Broch will be without the injured Ryan Christie and Michael Rae, while Marc Dickson is suspended.
Vale are looking for their first win in the League Cup since they beat their opponents in March 2013. Dane Ballard, Graeme Watt, Liam Forbes, Kyle Gauld and Robbie Allan all miss out for the visitors, but Kyle Willox returns to the squad.
Keith v Brora Rangers
Keith have a home tie against Brora Rangers and The Maroons will be minus the unavailable Ryan Spink and Jamie McAllister.
Neil Macdonald and Zander Sutherland miss out for Brora, while Mark Nicolson is suspended. The visitors will be aiming to repeat their cup success of 2015/16, when they beat Nairn on penalties in the final.
Lossiemouth v Huntly
Jack MacArthur is injured and is Lossiemouth's only absentee for the visit of Huntly to Grant Park. Manager Joe Russell may give an opportunity to some of his fringe players and rest one or two regulars for this one.
Huntly will be without Alex Thoirs, Matthew Johnson, Matty MacDonald and Craig Reid, but Euan Storrier is available again and returns.
Rothes v Buckie Thistle
Rothes have Jack Maley and Ali Stark suspended for their home tie against Buckie at Mackessack Park.
Buckie will be aiming to stop a run of defeats in the competition stretching back to 2013/14, when they lost to Clach in the final.
Strathspey Thistle v Forres Mechanics
Strathspey's unbeaten run ended at the hands of Clach last weekend and they'll hope to bounce back when Forres visit Seafield Park.
Stuart Soane (hamstring), Martin Groat (ankle), and Craig McGovern (knee) are all out injured for the visitors, and Alan MacPhee is suspended. Goalkeeper Stuart Knight is doubtful and will face a late fitness test.