- Created: Saturday, 16 October 2021 12:55
- Published: Saturday, 16 October 2021 12:55
- Written by Stephen Shand
Clach v Brora Rangers
Clach returned to winning ways last weekend, coming from two down to defeat Fort William at Grant Street. They face another big test with the visit of champions Brora Rangers, when they'll be without Calum Black through suspension and the injured Eachainn Miller.
Brora have won three league games in a row, including handing Rothes their first defeat of the season in midweek. James Wallace is a long term absentee for the visitors, while Martin Maclean and Josh Meekings also miss out.
Formartine Utd v Turriff Utd
Formartine take on local rivals Turriff United at North Lodge Park, with the Pitmedden side also on a decent run of three wins and a draw in their last four league outings. Wednesday night's win at Strathspey saw boss Paul Lawson take charge of United for the 150th time, making him the club's longest serving manager since Dave Cormie.
Turriff are without Dylan Stuart through suspension.
Fort William v Lossiemouth (Grant Park)
Connor Moore and Marios Avraam return to the Fort William squad for their clash with Lossiemouth at Grant Park. Junior Caulker and Daniel MacKintosh miss out through injury and unavailability, while Joseph Kalbah is suspended after his needless sending off at Buckie in midweek. The squad also includes two trialists.
Lossiemouth are in decent form and only a late equaliser denied them victory over Formartine last weekend. They will be without the suspended Dean Stewart and long term injury victims Ally Bellingham and Andy Milton.
Fraserburgh v Keith
Fraserburgh suffered a rare defeat at Locos in the Aberdeenshire Shield in midweek, and they'll aim to bounce back at home to Keith. Paul Campbell is out injured, but Bryan Hay and Logan Watt both return to the squad.
Keith have several players unavailable, including James Brownie, Craig Reid, Liam Duncan, Scott Henry, Connor Grant, Stewart Hutcheon and Michael Selfridge. Keiran Yeats is suspended.
Huntly v Buckie Thistle
Huntly take on in-form Buckie Thistle at Christie Park, where they will look to improve on a run of just one win in five league matches. Colin Charlesworth and Angus Grant remain out injured long term.
Adam McLeod and Declan Milne are still out injured for the visitors, who have scored an impressive 15 goals in their last three league games. Marcus Goodall was impressive scoring twice from the bench in midweek, he could start against the team he spent a brief period on loan with earlier this season.
Inverurie Locos v Forres Mechanics
Inverurie Locos meet Forres at Harlaw Park, they bounced back well in midweek to record a superb win over Fraserburgh. Boss Richard Hastings has the same squad as midweek to choose from, no signs of any of the long term injuries healing yet.
Forres travel without the injured Dale Wood, Jack Grant, Joe Gauld, Gordon McNab and Craig Dorrat. Callum Johnston is also unavailable.
Rothes v Deveronvale
Rothes' tremendous unbeaten start was ended at Brora in midweek. Paul Macleod, Greg Morrison, Sean Linden and Allen Mackenzie all miss out for the home side. Alan Pollock is doubtful and will have a late fitness test.
Vale are in good form, having lost only once n their last five league matches to climb up to ninth place in the league table. The Banff men are likely to still be without Kevin Adams.
Strathspey Thistle v Nairn County
Strathspey face Nairn County at Seafield Park, with only one place and one point separating the two sides in the table. Kris Innes, James McShane and Jordan Wardrope are all out for the home side, Andrew Skinner and Ethan Cairns return to the squad.
Wick Academy v Brechin City
Wick take on Brechin City at Harmsworth Park and they'll be without the unavailable Alan Farquhar, Richie Macadie, Sean Campbell and Joe Anderson.
Brechin make their longest away trip of the season to Caithness, they will continue to be without the services of injured trio Garry Wood, Luc Bollan and Kevin McHattie.