- Created: Saturday, 07 September 2019 10:53
- Published: Saturday, 07 September 2019 10:53
- Written by Stephen Shand
Clach v Buckie Thistle
New Clach boss Sandy McLeod takes charge of his first league game when Buckie visit Grant Street.
The visitors recorded an excellent win over Formartine last weekend, only to then lose to Fraserburgh on penalties in the Aberdeenshire Cup in midweek. They remain without Cieran McLean and John McLeod long-term.
Fraserburgh v Forres Mechanics
Broch take on Forres at Bellslea as they aim to continue their superb start to the season. Michael Rae is suspended for this one, but defender Bryan Hay is back in the squad.
Martin Groat and Callum Johnstone are both unavailable for the visitors, while Stuart Soane is doubtful with a calf strain. Manager Charlie Rowley is hopeful the in-form Alan McPhee will be available, but he could miss out due to work commitments. This game is too soon for Ross McPherson and Lee Fraser to be involved from the start.
Huntly v Inverurie Locos
Huntly face local rivals Locos at Christie Park and Declan Milne could be involved for the home side, after joining them on loan from Buckie until the end of December.
Eric Watson and Neil McLean return for the visitors, who ended Nairn's 100 percent start in some style last time out. Johnny Smith is unavailable for the short trip up the A96.
Lossiemouth v Keith
Lossiemouth's Scott Gordon has a one match suspension after his red card last weekend, and misses their home clash with Keith. Scott Wilson, Dean McCall and Callum Clark also miss out due to injury.
Keith also have several players out, including Ryan Spink, Andy Smith, Stewart Hutcheon, Cammy Keith, David Dey and Ryan Kier. Adam Clark returns to the squad.
Nairn County v Strathspey Thistle
Nairn will hope to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season when Strathspey visit Station Park.
The Grantown Jags have had a decent start to the season and a win in this one would take them level on points with their opponents in the league table.
Rothes v Deveronvale
Managerless Rothes face Deveronvale at Mackessack Park after a free week last week, and a win could lift the home side as high as fifth in the league table.
Vale were also idle last weekend after their game at Clach was postponed. Boss Steve Dolan will be hoping the break has allowed the likes of Kevin Adams and Kyle Gauld to return to fitness.
Wick Academy v Turriff Utd
Wick host Turriff at Harmsworth Park and will be without Marc Macgregor and Jack Henry through injured. The rest of the squad are fit and available.
Turriff are struggling for form, but know that a win in Caithness would take them above Academy in the league table, and as high as tenth place if results elsewhere go their way.
Challenge Cup Third Round
Formartine Utd v Glenavon
Formartine face an intriguing home tie in the Challenge Cup Third Round against Northern Irish Premiership side Glenavon. They will be without Daniel Park, who is cup-tied after playing for Cove earlier in the competition.
Glenavon include former Northern Ireland international Sammy Clingan amongst their ranks, he had a spell in the Scottish Premiership with Kimarnock a few years back.