There is no doubt about the Game of the Day in the Press and Journal Scottish Highland Football League tomorrow with the title showdown between Formartine United and Cove Rangers securing top billing. The North Lodge side need one point to clinch the title while only a win will do for the Aberdonians.
Formartine United v Cove Rangers: Kevin Tindal will be without the suspended Richie Singer, who was sent off in the second minute of the midweek Aberdeenshire Shield final defeat, and the injured Mark Perry. Formartine have four significant doubts coming into the match but Steve Paterson is looking to keep the details close to his chest. Craig McKeown limped off last week and Neil McVitie was earlier ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. Michael McGinlay has been absent for a number of weeks.
Wick Academy v Deveronvale: The battle for third place is between Wick Academy and Nairn County. The Scorries are currently two points ahead of Nairn going into the final match and they host Deveronvale at Harmsworth Park. The Banffers are without the suspended Kyle Rae and Scott Fraser while Martin Charlesworth is a doubt through illness. Wick have no suspension or new injury concerns.
Huntly v Nairn County: Nairn County will make the trip to Huntly without both Main brothers (Gregg and Glen) who are suspended alongside former Huntly vice-captain Adam Naismith who has landed a one game ban. Wayne Mackintosh is not expected to feature. The Black and Gold’s are set to be largely unchanged with Neil Hastie the only absentee of note in recent weeks.
Clachnacuddin v Turriff United: Clachnacuddin are secure in fifth spot but Iain Polworth will be without Graham Tatters, Neil Macdonald, Chris Ross, Colin Williamson, Mark Kennedy, Scott Davidson, Paul Brindle, Struan Scott-Woodhouse and Gordon Morrison as they get set to host Turriff. Martin Callum is a doubt but Alan Pollock returns for the visit of the newly crowned MMT Aberdeenshire Shield winners. Nicky Gray, Mike McKenzie and Dave McKenzie all miss out through injury. Turriff would need an 11 goal swing to move into the top ten.
Keith v Fraserburgh: Fraserburgh and Keith will both be looking to climb one place further up the table and need to win to do so. They meet at Kynoch Park tomorrow with both teams relatively well placed in terms of team selections. Keith will be without Graham Lonie and Sean Keith is unlikely to feature after limping off at half time in the draw with Deveronvale. Fraserburgh will be looking to build on their strong finish to the campaign as they target 6th.
Brora Rangers v Fort William: Brora Rangers could move between 8th and 10th this weekend depending upon results with goals the key to any climb. They have a full squad at their disposal as they welcome a young Fort William team. Darren Quigg, Sean Grant, Davie Forbes, Iain MacLellan, Andy Martin and Andy McLean all miss out.
Fort have to win if they are to have a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon and the two teams directly above them still have places to play for.
Lossiemouth v Rothes:Lossiemouth host Rothes in a massive match for both teams but ironically one that has both managers dealing with headaches over team selection. Lossie’s two sets of Forres based brothers Chris Ross, Tony Ross, Lee Davidson and Matty Davidson are all out while Liam Archibald and Jamie McKinnon are also unlikely to be fit to play. Rothes are without a number of defensive options with Michael Dunn, Kevin Shortreed and Alan Fuller all missing out (the latter two through injury). Gregg Simpson is also out while Sean McKinstry and Greg Sim are no longer at the club. Frani More returns from suspension.
Buckie Thistle v Inverurie Loco Works: Finally Buckie Thistle and Inverurie Locos will draw the curtain on the 2012-2013 campaign at Victoria Park. The Jags are only without Neil Davidson and Shaun Carroll while Inverurie Locos have Steven Park available but remain without Jamie Michie.