Huntly left it late but survived a scare in edging out an improved Rothes side 2-1 at Christie Park.
The home side were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute when Nathan Sharp upended new signing Paul Napier in the box. Dennis Wyness stepped up from the spot to send Sean McIntosh the wrong way and score on his debut.
Rothes levelled in the 70th when a Craig Macmillan free kick into the area was flicked on by debutant Sean Jennings for David McNamara to stab the ball in at the back post.
The first match day of the Press and Journal Highland League season saw Rothes face Lossiemouth at Mackessack Park on a brilliant day for a game of football.
A lot of work has been done by the devoted committee and volunteers of Rothes this summer and the pitch was looking the best it has done for a long time.
Rothes came into the game on the back of finishing bottom of the league last year, picking up only four points in the process. The home side were missing their recent signing from...
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It was a first half that offered little in the way of genuine goalmouth action but it was one in which Strathspey were able to demonstrate that they were comfortably a match for the home side despite being a man light for the majority of the period.
Fraserburgh cruised to a 5-0 victory away to nine-man Rothes.
After a fairly even start Rothes were hit with a double whammy in the 11th minute. A corner for the Broch lead to a scramble which culminated in Gary Gallagher handling the ball on the goalline to prevent the visitors from going ahead. He duly saw red and Scott Barbour sent Ricky Horne the wrong way to put Fraserburgh in front.
Despite being a man down Rothes reacted well and after Joao Rodriguez had a goal chopped off for offside...