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Buckie dominate awards

The 2016/17 Highland League awards have been announced. They are:

Player of the Year: Kevin Fraser (Buckie)

Manager of the Year: Graeme Stewart (Buckie)

Top Scorer: John McLeod (Buckie)

Young Player of the Year: Harry Milne (Cove)

Fair Play: Buckie Thistle

Hale resigns as Keith manager

Keith are looking for a new manager.

Allan Hale has resigned, along with his coaching staff of Gavin Wemyss, Ewan Robb and Graeme Bain, citing irreconcilable differences.

Elsewhere, Paul MacLellan, Alastair MacPherson and Ali SmithAlly Ewen left Fort William to take over as manager at Lossiemouth. He will be assisted by Kevin Munro.

Paul MacLellan, Alastair MacPherson and Ali Smith are the new management team at Fort William.

Meanwhile, former Nairn youth coach Ally Munro has taken over as manager at Strathspey Thistle.Paul MacLellan, Alastair MacPherson and Ali Smith

Players are on the move as well. Brora have signed Mark Nicholson from Elgin, while James Fraser is moving from Buckie to Rothes.

Brora strike late to lift North of Scotland Cup

A late double from substitute Steven Ross helped Brora Rangers see off the determined challenge of Fort William at Mackessack Park to lift the North of Scotland Cup.

Gavin Morrison put the Cattachs in front early on, only for Scott Davidson to level matters just before the hour mark. Sub Steven Ross made an instant impact when he headed Brora back in front with thirteen minutes remaining, before grabbing his second and Brora's third with time running out.

Colin Williamson completed the scoring in injury time to seal their third success in the competition in the last four seasons.   

North of Scotland Cup Final

Fort William 1-4 Brora Rangers

Fort: Scott Davidson (59)

Brora: Gavin Morrison (9), Steven Ross (77, 87), Colin Williamson (90)

Buckie bosses are staying put

Buckie Thistle’s management team have agreed new contracts.

Graeme Stewart, Lewis Mackinnon, Stephen Bruce, Andy Low and Darren Strong have all penned four-year deals.

Thistle recently won the Highland League title and have moved quickly to secure their management team on long-term contracts.

Manager Stewart said: “We are all delighted with our new deals and like most of the current squad we will all be together for the next four seasons.

“We are all young and hungry for more success and are currently working hard to strengthen the squad again for next season.”

Meanwhile, Rothes have signed Kris Duncan from Keith and Paul Macleod from Nairn.

Match preview: North of Scotland Cup Final

Season 2016/17 comes to an end today with the final of the Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup between Fort William and Brora Rangers at MacKessack Park.

Brora have won the trophy twice in the last three seasons and will be strong favourites to lift the cup for the fifth time in their history. The Cattachs were given a boost this week, prolific former Ross County hitman Kyle Macleod signing a new two-year deal with the club.

Their march to the final saw them put nine past St. Duthus in the first round, before gaining hard-fought wins over Nairn and Forres in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. 

Fort are still looking for their first success in the competition, they came closest in season 1994/95 when they lost in the final to Lossiemouth. The Lochaber men won through to the final with a comfortable win over Invergordon at Claggan Park, then an excellent victory at improving Rothes in the semi-final.

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 6th May

SPFL Pyramid Play-Off Second Leg  

East Kilbride 2-1 Buckie Thistle   

East Kilbride: Sean Winter (8), Joao Victoria (23) 

Buckie: David Proctor (og 32) 

Drew Copeland sent off (45+1), Chris Angus sent off (85) 

North of Scotland Cup Semi-Finals 

Brora Rangers 4-1 Forres 

Brora: Kyle Macleod (15, 33, 50), Steven Mackay (67) 

Forres: Charlie Brown (57) 

Rothes 1-2 Fort William 

Rothes: Jack Maley (pen 52) 

Fort: Scott Davidson (10), Adam Porritt (90) 

Transfer news: Rothes continue recruitment drive

Rothes have snapped up former Lossie striker Scott Dunn after he returned from a spell playing in Australia. 

The 23-year-old forward has signed a two-year deal and becomes manager Steven MacDonald’s fourth experienced signing of the close season as he continues his rebuilding job at MacKessack Park.

"He gives me a different option in that he’s good in the air but he’s also quick for a big boy," said MacDonald. He turned down several other Highland League clubs to come to us."

Dunn joins Kris Duncan, Paul Macleod and Steven Fraser as major signings lured to the club since the end of the season.

Elsewhere, Brora Rangers forward Kyle Macleod has signed a two-year deal with the club and Formartine United have snapped up hitman Sam Muirhead from junior side Newburgh Thistle. 

Match previews: Saturday 6th May

Highland League champions Buckie Thistle make the trip south for the SPFL Pyramid play-off second leg against East Kilbride, after the Lowland League title winners fought back from two goals down to claim a draw in a feisty affair at Victoria Park last weekend.

Russell McLean could start for the home side after coming off the bench to grab a late leveller in the first leg, while Buckie are likely to remain without Craig Dorrat, Andrew Skinner and Craig Cowie.

The Semi-Finals of the North of Scotland Cup see Rothes take on Fort William at Mackessack Park and the Moray men will be without the suspended Stephen Rennie. Fort are aiming to lift the cup for the first time in their history, while Rothes' last success came back in season 78/79.

Forres Mechanics travel to face Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park and boss Charlie Rowley will hope to have the likes of John Cameron, Simon Allan and Alan Pollock available again after they missed the win at Halkirk United. Brora striker Paul Brindle could return from injury as they look to regain a trophy they've won twice in the last three seasons.

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19-08-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 4
Lossiemouth 3 : 2 Strathspey Thistle
Buckie Thistle 3 : 0 Formartine United
Rothes 2 : 2 Forres Mechanics
Clachnacuddin 0 : 0 Wick Academy
Turriff United 1 : 2 Nairn County
Cove Rangers 1 : 1 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 4 : 1 Keith
Huntly 4 : 0 Fort William
Brora Rangers 1 : 2 Inverurie Locos
15-08-2017 20:00 - IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round North
Buckie Thistle 2 : 1 Brechin City
15-08-2017 19:45 - IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round North
Formartine United 2 : 3 Hearts U20
Raith Rovers 3 : 0 Brora Rangers
Stenhousemuir 0 : 2 Cove Rangers
12-08-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 3
Inverurie Locos 1 : 2 Cove Rangers
Keith 3 : 5 Forres Mechanics

Press and Journal Highland League 2016-17

Rank Teams Played GD Points
1 Buckie Thistle 34 94 82
2 Cove Rangers 34 79 82
3 Brora Rangers 34 80 81
4 Formartine United 34 35 73
5 Fraserburgh 34 29 63
6 Forres Mechanics 34 21 58
7 Turriff United 34 14 58
8 Wick Academy 34 23 53
9 Inverurie Locos 34 18 50
10 Keith 34 -14 47
11 Clachnacuddin 34 -24 41
12 Lossiemouth 34 -18 38
13 Nairn County 34 -17 34
14 Huntly 34 -43 34
15 Deveronvale 34 -24 30
16 Rothes 34 -69 26
17 Fort William 34 -92 11
18 Strathspey Thistle 34 -92 9

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