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Team news for matches on Saturday 31st July

Highland League 
 
Brechin City v Keith 
 
Brechin take on Keith at Glebe Park, after defeating Turriff United in their Highland League debut last weekend. City will be without midfielder Jack Milne through suspension after his red card against Turriff. David Cox could return to the squad after recovering from injury.
 
Scott Gray is still out with a dislocated knee cap for the visitors, who will be aiming to  bounce back from an opening day defeat to Nairn County. 
 
Clach v Huntly
 
Clach face Huntly at Grant Street and they welcome back Eachainn Miller from injury. Ryan Mackintosh, Connor Bunce, Alan Kerr and Danni Bruce are all unavailable for the home side. 
 
Huntly remain without Colin Charlesworth, Stuart Taylor, Daniel Critchard, Liam MacDonald, Bradley Manson, Zander Jack and Gavin Elphinstone through injury.
 
Formartine Utd v Forres Mechanics 
 
Formartine have endured a tough week, with back-to-back defeats to Fraserbugh in league and cup. The Pitmedden side face another tricky test against Forres at North Lodge Park. 
 
Joe Gauld and Gordon McNab both miss out for the visitors, due to knee and ankle injuries respectively. 
 
Fort William v Fraserburgh (Bellslea Park)
 
This game takes place at Bellslea Park after Fort William agreed to play all their Highland League and League Cup matches away from home, due to the current condition of Claggan Park. Fort welcome new signings Robbie Foster and Joe Owusu-Barnieh into the squad, while Aidan White also returns from injury. Ruaridh Macdonald and Ruaridh Munro are both unavailable due to work commitments. 
 
Fraserburgh have made a superb start to the season and retained the Aberdeenshire Cup with an impressive win over Formartine in midweek. Jamie Beagrie misses out as he is offshore, while Owen Cairns has an injured ankle.

Fraserburgh lift Aberdeenshire Cup

2020/21 Aberdeenshire Cup Final 
 
Formartine Utd 1-3 Fraserburgh 
 
Formartine: Scott Lisle 
 
Broch: Paul Campbell (2), Scott Barbour 
 
Two second half goals from Paul Campbell and a superb Scott Barbour strike saw Fraserburgh come form behind to retain the Aberdeenshire Cup. 
 
Scott Lisle gave Formartine the lead midway through the first half and it remained that way at the break.
 
Two goals in a six-minute spell at the start of the second period from Campbell and Barbour turned the game on it's head, and Campbell sealed the win with his second and Broch's third 16 minutes from time. 
 
North of Scotland Cup First Round 
 
Nairn County 2-4 Lossiemouth 
 
Nairn: Conor Gethins (2)
 
Max Ewan and Conor Gethins sent off
 
Lossie: Ryan Stuart (3), Ryan Sewell
 
Lossiemouth stunned nine-man Nairn with a superb display at Station Park in the North of Scotland Cup, winning through to a Quarter Final home meeting with Fort William. Ryan Stuart was the vistor's hero with a hat-trick, with Ryan Sewell also on target. 
 
Golspie Sutherland withdrew from the competition, so scheduled first round opponents Strathspey Thistle advance to the next round. 

Fort William to play all matches away from home

The Highland League management committee has decided that Fort William will play all their Highland League and League Cup matches away from home this season, due to Claggan Park being unplayable.

An inspection took place on Thursday after a member of the public reported their concern about the state of the playing surface, which has a number of bare patches on it. The committee met with the club on Friday to discuss the circumstances and other options available to them. 

It was then deemed that Fort William were in breach of Rule 7.6.1, which places a requirement on clubs to ensure their pitch is in good condition and provided with an efficient and effective drainage system.

Fort William are due to release a statement on the matter on Monday. 

Postponement news: Wed 28th July

Tonight's North of Scotland Cup tie between Forres Mechanics and Rothes has been postponed after the sad news of Rothes secretary Garry Davies' passing.

The Highland League fixture between Brora Rangers and Rothes, due to be played on Saturday 31st July, has also been postponed.

Thoughts are with Garry's family and friends, and everyone at Rothes FC. 

Full time scores and scorers: Sat 24th July

Highland League
 
Brechin City 3-1 Turriff Utd 
 
Brechin: Gregor Jordan, Marc Scott, Rory Currie
 
Jack Milne sent off
 
Turriff: Rory Brown 
 
Buckie Thistle 5-0 Lossiemouth 
 
Buckie: Kevin Fraser, Scott Adams (2), Andrew MacAskill (2)
 
Deveronvale 0-3 Brora Rangers 
 
Brora: Andy Macrae, Tom Kelly, Ali Sutherland 
 
Forres Mechanics 1-1 Wick Academy 
 
Forres: Lee Fraser
 
Wick: Jack Halliday
 
Fraserburgh 3-0 Formartine Utd 
 
Broch: Scott Barbour, Kieran Simpson, Sean Butcher
 
Huntly 1-1 Strathspey Thistle 
 
Huntly: Greg Buchan 
 
Strathspey: Kieran Chalmers 
 
Inverure Locos 5-0 Clach
 
Locos: Mark Souter, Andrew Watt, Kieran Shanks, Robert Ward (2)
 
Keith 0-2 Nairn County 
 
Nairn: Liam Shewan, Seamus McConaghy
 
Rothes 3-0 Fort William 
 
Rothes: Michael Finnis, Jack Brown, Shane Harkness 
 
Gary Kerr sent off