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Full-time scores and scorers: Saturday 22nd April

Press & Journal Highland League

Buckie Thistle 9-0 Strathspey Thistle

Chris Angus (10, 13, 19, 75), Kevin Fraser (15), John McLeod (37, 54, 62), Stuart Taylor (73)

Cove Rangers 5-0 Lossiemouth

Mitch Megginson (7, 18, 82), Blair Yule (20, 50)

Fraserburgh 2-0 Huntly

Jamie Beagrie (13), Paul Campbell (84)

Rothes 0-2 Nairn County

Dylan Mackenzie (53), Gary Kerr (60)

Wick Academy 2-2 Formartine United

Wick: Gary Weir (35 pen), Sam Mackay (41)

Formartine: Scott Ferries (8), Liam Burnett (38)

Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup First Round

Forres Mechanics 2-1 Clachnacuddin

Forres: Stuart Soane (42), Owen Paterson (90)

Clach: Liam Shewan (7)

Team news for matches on Saturday 22nd April

Highland League

Buckie Thistle v Strathspey Thistle

Buckie take on Strathspey at Victoria Park, knowing that a win will surely clinch the Highland League title, unless Cove can produce an unlikely 12-goal swing on the final day. The Jags will hope to have Sam Urquhart back in their squad after he missed the draw at Formartine.

The Grantown Jags need a win to leapfrog Fort William and avoid finishing bottom of the Highland League table.

Cove Rangers v Lossiemouth

Cove boss John Sheran has a full squad to choose from for the visit of Lossiemouth, apart from the unavailable Eric Watson. A win for the Aberdeen side is a must to have any chance of winning the title.

Lossie have Aaron Hamilton unavailable, but Tony Ross and Nathan Smith return to the squad. The visitors can finish in 11th place with a win tomorrow.

Fraserburgh v Huntly

Broch will look to bounce back from defeats to Clach and Buckie when they finish their season against Huntly at Bellslea.

Huntly have a fully fit squad with the exception of Ross Still, who is suspended, and long term injury victim Martin MacDonald. The Christie Park men need a point to ensure a 13th place finish.

Rothes v Nairn County
Rothes had an excellent win over North of Scotland Cup holders Wick in midweek, but they are still without Keir Smith for the visit of Nairn. Struan MacArthur could be involved and Scott Maclean returns to the squad.

Gregg Main, Jamie McKay and Paul McLeod are out injured for Nairn and Dylan McLean is unavailable. Jack Mclean is also doubtful and will face a late fitness test. County could finish in 13th if they win and Huntly lose at Fraserburgh.

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No points deduction for Buckie Thistle or Formartine

Buckie Thistle have been given the all clear at a Highland League management committee meeting tonight, no action will be taken against them or Formartine United after they allegedly named ineligible players in their squads on Saturday.

The Jags can now clinch the championship with a win over Strathspey Thistle at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Stewart knows one more win seals title for Buckie

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart admits one more win for his side should see them crowned champions.

Brora are currently top of the Highland League, but have played all of their fixtures this season.

Buckie are two points back and know victory over Strathspey in their final game next Saturday, will see them jump into first.

Cove are level on points with the Jags and also have one match to play - against Lossiemouth next weekend.

But Buckie have a far superior goal difference to their rivals.

If Thistle and Cove finish level on points, the Victoria Park men will take the title.

Stewart said: "We’ve got to win next week. I think any win for us next week wins it – I would agree with that.

"The boys next week will be nervous. There will be a big crowd. They [Strathspey] have nothing to lose. So there is no hand on it until there is a hand on it."

Stewart was speaking after seeing his side draw 0-0 at Formartine. To listen to the full interview, click on the file below.

 

To listen to Formartine coach Jerry O'Driscoll's post-match interview, click on the file below.

 

Full Time scores and scorers: Wednesday 19th April

Highland League  

Forres Mechanics 0-0 Formartine Utd 

North of Scotland Cup First Round 

Rothes 2-0 Wick Academy 

Rothes: Gordon McNab (45), Jack Maley (71 pen) 

Full-time scores and scorers: Saturday 15th April

Press & Journal Highland League

Clachnacuddin 3-2 Fraserburgh

Clach: Blair Lawrie (34), Michael Finnis (40), Scott Morrison (82)

Broch: Gary Harris (3), Aidan Combe (20)

Formartine United 0-0 Buckie Thistle

Fort William 1-5 Brora Rangers

Fort: Scott Davidson (44)

Brora: Craig Campbell (4, 8, 65, 70), Martin MacLean  (80)

Huntly 0-3 Forres Mechanics

Forres: Lee Fraser (6), Alan Pollock (29, 33)

Inverurie Locos 1-0 Nairn

Inverurie: Colin Charlesworth (4)

Keith 2-1 Wick Academy

Keith: Michael Ewen (57), Scott Begg (90)

Wick: Steven Anderson (79)

Lossiemouth 1-6 Cove Rangers

Lossie: Bryan Bell (14)

Cove: Paul McManus (10, 75, 89), Ryan Stott (37), Daniel Park (64), Stuart Walker (66),

Strathspey Thistle 0-3 Deveronvale

Vale: Dane Ballard (77), Grant Noble (82, 90)

Turriff United 2-1 Rothes

Turriff: Nikolas Wozniak (9), Ally Mackenzie (56)

Rothes: Gavin Hay (10)

Buckie sweat over possible point deduction that could wreck title hopes

Buckie are set to learn on Thursday whether a potential breaking of rules will lead to a point deduction that could scupper their title hopes.

A meeting of the league management committee has been called to discuss whether Thistle were wrong to list Callum Murray as a substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Formartine.

Murray, an unused sub at North Lodge Park, was recalled from a loan at Deveronvale last week.

Rules apparently state that any player who moves after March is not eligible to play.

The Jags could be fined £500 and docked three points if found guilty.

Buckie president Garry Farquhar claims they have done everything “above board” and sought advice from Highland League secretary Rod Houston.

Thistle are favourites to win the title on Saturday - should they remain on the same points tally. They play bottom club Strathspey in their final game and a win would see them leapfrog Brora into first place.

Team news for matches on Saturday 15th April

Clach v Fraserburgh
Clach complete their league campaign against Fraserburgh at Grant Street and they'll be without Martin Callum, Stuart Leslie, Ian Penwright and Struan Scott-Woodhouse. John Campbell returns to the squad and some trialists will be involved as the Under 17 squad are in Manchester for a tournament.

Broch will look to bounce back from their defeat to Buckie in midweek, they travel without Jamie Beagrie and Ryan Cowie, who are both offshore.

Formartine Utd v Buckie Thistle
Formartine could still have a big say in the title race as they face league leaders Buckie at North Lodge Park. The home side bounced back well from their League Cup Final defeat to put five past Rothes in midweek.

Buckie hit five themselves in a superb win at Fraserburgh on Wednesday night, a result that put them in pole position in the title race. Andrew Skinner and Craig Dorrat both miss out with ankle injuries for The Jags, who could win the title with victory tomorrow if Brora and Cove fail to win at Fort and Lossie respectively.

Fort William v Brora Rangers
Ally Stark and Danny Highet have joined the injury list for Fort William as they end their league season at home to Brora. Scott Chisholm and Richard Tawse are missing due to work commitments and Liam Taylor and Michael Corbett are also unavailable. Ewan MacLean returns from injury and there are also welcome returns for Andrew Martin, Michael Gillespie and Mark Gillespie.

Brora are finishing the season very strongly and have won their last five matches without conceding a goal. Scott Houston is injured and is their only absentee for a game they must win to have any chance of winning the title.

Huntly v Forres Mechanics
Huntly take on Forres at Christie Park and Co-Managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson have a fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception of Martin MacDonald.

Graeme Grant is suspended for the visitors, while Ross MacPherson and John Cameron are out injured. Stuart Soane and Graham Fraser return to the squad. Meanwhile, the club signed Islavale midfielder Jordan Milne on a pre-contract agreement this week.

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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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