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Matchday Stat Pack: 28th September 2013

Saturday's action saw goals aplenty, as we neared the 40 goal mark across nine games. Having now gone beyond 100 games in all competitions this season, with the average goal count per game sitting marginally under four.

On the whole discipline was maintained well, with only 12 yellow cards and just one dismissal.

In the scoring charts, there was only one penalty scored, courtesy of Deveronvale's Martin Charlesworth. Meanwhile Brora's Steven Mackay was the solitary hat-trick hero with his second treble of the campaign.

Brora continue to set the heather alight with 12 wins from 12 this season, with seven clean sheets in the process also highlighting their defensive solidarity.

Forres Mechanics and Rothes have now set a season record of seven straight defeats, while Fort William and Lossiemouth's search for a win has now reached double figures.

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Aberdeenshire League Round-up: Monday 30th September 2013

Inverurie Locos sit two points clear at the top of the Under 20 League table, twice coming from two goal deficits to win with a late penalty goal as they pipped Keith 5-4 at Harlaw Park on Monday night.

Maroon first teamers Jonathan Smith and Sean Keith put the visitors two up in the space of five first half minutes before an own goal put the homesters back in contention. Within a minute Calvin Roddie set off on a cracking run down the right wing before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the net.

A minute before half time Josh Cruickshank put the visitors back into the lead with the second sidefoot placement of the night and six minutes after the restart Johnny Smith added his second of the night.

This though is a young Locos team with a never say die attitude, displayed by Andy Hunter firing a fierce right footer off the junction of post and bar Midway through the half it was back to a one goal deficit, Ryan Broadhurst heading back across goal for young Ryan Keir to rattle home.

Andy Hunter made the scores all square again in 78 minutes with a header and Greig Mitchell came close with a left foot drive after running from deep on to Keir's pass The winner came with only two minutes left, Greig Mitchell converting his spot kick after being sent crashing to the deck in the box.

Ryan Broadhurst and Jamie Michie both came through the full 90 minutes as they get nearer to full fitness.

Deveronvale picked up their first win of the season and moved into second place after a 6-1 victory over bottom of the table Turriff United. A hat-trick from Deveronvale 17s striker Jody Munro set Vale on their way and there were also goals from Felipe Da Silva, Phillip Watt and an own goal. Calum Carmichael, who plays for Deveronvale Under 16s, scored a consolation for United.

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Three-goal Gethins brings Nairn back with a bang

 Nairn County returned to scoring style big time against Inverurie Locos on Saturday after defeats by Keith and Linlithgow Rose. Inevitably, well to the forefront of their success was last season's Highland League Player of the Year Conor Gethins.

The pint sized forward who plied his trade in the League of Ireland with Finn Harps before coming to Scotland and featuring for Ross County and Peterhead, netted a hat trick as the Wee County demolished Locos ten game long unbeaten record this campaign.

The three goals take the Irishman on to the twelve goal tally in 2013/2014 and with his 30th birthday less than six weeks ago there is an unquenching thirst for more success with the Station Park club in what is the third season of his three year contract.

"We're a team that has been waiting to explode. The main thing we did was work really hard as a team. Maybe in recent weeks we've not been working so hard, but when a team of our quality does it there's only one outcome.

"When we lost the goal in the early seconds, I thought here we go again, but there was a really good feeling on the bus coming down the A96. There was no laughter because I could see everyone was really focused.

"When a goal goes against you that early there is still 89 minutes left on the clock. It makes you work even harder. As soon as I got my free kick goal five minutes later I felt we dominated from there. We just kicked on and don't feel we we were under any real spells of pressure."

A two goal advantage looked on at the break until Martin Bavidge reduced the leeway with his second of the day and that just fired up the Irishman and his team mates even more.

"We had a few rants at half time as you cannot give away silly goals at places like Harlaw Park. They could have got it to level pegging but my second goal was one I savoured to put us back two in front. I'll not score many headers this season.

"The fifth goal saw me being clear of offside as I wasn't interfering then when the ball was fed through to me, my choice was to chip the goalkeeper."

Although it's been an inconsistent start for Les Fridge's team with several defeats and blank scoresheets along the way, two summer signings have made a big difference in his opinion.

"Daniel Moore and Stuart Leslie give us energy. And spirit. Danny will admit he's not been firing on all cylinders to date. But in this game he put in some great balls that's what he's all about With Stuart what you see is what you get. 100% effort every game, wins headers, rumbles players up and makes a lot of good runs.

"We need to push on, we've beaten Cove and Inverurie but let other games slip by. We cannot do that. After a result like this teams will be looking over their shoulders and saying Nairn are starting to push on."

Rattray Review: September - Catch us if you can!

"Catch us if you can!" That is the motto of the top three at the minute as they continue to stretch away from the chasing pack. Brora Rangers and Formartine United have maintained their 100% start to the campaign while the Scorries are just two points further back having drew with title holders Cove Rangers. The fact that there is a 6 point gap now between 3rd and 4th shows just how impressive these sides have been.

Having given Formartine the nod for Team of the Month for August it is only right that it is Brora who get their reward with the September salute. The Cattachs perfect start in all competitions includes wins over Cove, Nairn and Wick. Cups will loom large for them in October and I am sure they are keen to grab some early season silverware to gain a tangible return for their efforts to date.

Interestingly at the other end of the table there isn't the same division between the bottom four and the rest as there has been in previous seasons. Forres and Clach remain within striking distance for the teams at the bottom and while most teams are on Scottish Cup duty there will be three Moray sides really keen to get some points on the board to alter their position in the table.

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Midweek Summaries Wednesday 25th September 2013





Formartine United




Scorers: Cameron Keith (30, 65) Scott   Fraser (53 og)


Scorers: Shawn Scott (85)


Andrew Shearer, Stephen Jeffrey, Stuart   Smith, Hamish Munro, Ross Campbell, Gary Clark (Paul Napier 76), Daniel Park,   Neil McVitie, Cameron Keith, Michael Ewen, Calum Bagshaw


Darren McConnachie, Connor Rennie, Kevin   Adams, Scott Henry, Scott Fraser, Graeme Rodger, Colin Charlesworth (Ross   Aitken 64), John Urquhart, Shawn Scott, Martin Charlesworth (76), Graeme Watt   (Craig Simpson 64)


Subs:, Ewen Ritchie, Liam Paterson, Mark   Smith & John Calder (GK)


Subs:, Craig Cowie, , & Philip Watt


Booked: Gary Clark (43), Michael Ewen   (48), Stephen Jeffrey (52)


Booked: John Urquhart (52), Graeme Rodger   (60) Scott Fraser (75)


Sent Off:


Sent Off:


Referee: Craig Sim




Formartine United have moved back into a share of top spot tonight as two more goals from Cammy Keith helped them clinch all three points from a tricky clash with Deveronvale to extend their 100% record in the SHFL so far this season. Both they and Brora have now bagged 21 points with Wick dropping back to third with 19.

The first chance fell to the Vale with a John Urquahrt free kick picking out Shawn Scott at the edge of the box and he forced Andy Shearer into a diving save. Mike Ewen got a shot on target from 20 yards following a partial clearance from Scott Fraser but the Vale soon threatened again with a John Urquhart free kick that sent Andy Shearer sprawling across goal to save.

Ross Campbell very nearly divered a Graeme Rodger cross into his own goal before Graeme Watt sent a great ball across the face of goal having skipped past Stuart Smith but there were no takers. The Vale were on top, but Formartine took the lead on the half hour mark with a clinical counter attack. A corner was cleared down the right with Daniel Park releasing Michael Ewen and he played the ball to Cammy Keith. With his first touch of the game he rounded Connor Rennie to blast into the bottom corner from eight yards.

Eight minutes after the break Neil McVitie took advantage of the space afforded to him to cross from the right hand side and Scott Fraser headed the ball past his own keeper in his attempts to clear. Then the home team put themselves out of sight in the 65th minute when goal machine Cammy Keith got on the end of a Neil McVitie ball to poke it home from six yards out

The visitors should have pulled a goal back with Shawn Scott sliding in but he was unable to get the sort of connection required to turn the ball into the net. He was to get his goal in the end though as, with time running out, the Vale Biscuits was to bullet a diving header past Shearer from 8 yards out after a Graeme Rodger cross

Full Time: Formartine United 3 Deveronvale 1
Reporter: Brian Barclay

Matchday Summaries: Saturday 28th September

Brora Rangers and Formartine United both won to maintain their positions at the top of the Highland League, with both teams impressively still to drop a point eight games in.

Brora had to come from behind to defeat Fort William 6-1, with Steven Mackay netting a first-half hat-trick. Formartine were 3-0 winners against Rothes, with a second-half goal from Paul Napier adding to strikes before the break from Cammy Keith and Daniel Park.

Champions Cove Rangers bounced back to winning ways with a fine 3-2 win against Forres. In doing so they came back from behind twice, before Ryan Stott won the game in the 37th minute. Crucially, Forres missed a first-half penalty which would have put them 2-0 in front.

Buckie Thistle came from behind to defeat Inverurie Locos and inflict a second straight defeat on the Garioch outfit, while Wick Academy were 5-2 victors against Lossiemouth in an entertaining clash, with Richard Macadie on target twice.

Nairn County defeated Strathspey Thistle 3-1 at Station Park, while Fraserburgh ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against Keith with Scott Barbour and Willie West both scoring twice. 

Deveronvale netted twice in the second-half to defeat Clachnacuddin at Grant Street Park. Meanwhile an entertaining game at Christie Park saw Huntly draw 2-2 with Turriff United.

Full reports to follow shortly.

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Midweek Preview: Wednesday 25th September 2013

Press and Journal Scottish Highland Football League
Wednesday 25th September 2013 

Formartine United v Deveronvale (8pm)

Formartine United will aim to maintain their 100% start to the league season, with a victory returning them level with Brora Rangers at the Highland League summit. Vale themselves are in fine form having recorded three straight wins.

This game was originally scheduled to take place at the beginning of the month, but was postponed due to Formartine's Ramsdens Cup quarter-final tie against Annan Athletic. 

Formartine have an unchanged squad from Saturday's game against Turriff United, with Craig McKeown, Joe Hamill and Mark Smith still sidelined. Manager Steve Paterson is therefore likely to name the same side that started at the Haughs.

Meanwhile Deveronvale have one or two slight injury concerns following Saturday's win against Huntly, but manager Charlie Charlesworth expects both will be fit. Michele Lombardi, Tom Hutchison and Kevin Duguid are unavailable.

Tonight's game kicks off at 8pm, with Craig Sim the man in the middle at North Lodge Park.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 34 90 WWLWL
2 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
3 Formartine United 33 76 WWWWW
4 Fraserburgh 34 73 LLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
6 Brora Rangers 31 57 WLLLW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Nairn County 34 51 DWWLW
9 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
10 Deveronvale 33 48 LLWDW
11 Wick Academy 33 46 WDLLL
12 Rothes 33 46 WLLWL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 32 34 WLWLL
15 Keith 33 15 LLDWL
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 33 14 LLLDL
18 Fort William 31 4 LDLDL

Recent Results

24-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 37
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 4 Fraserburgh
Cove Rangers 0 : 3 Nairn County
21-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 37
Formartine United 12 : 0 Fort William
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Lossiemouth
Rothes 0 : 1 Fraserburgh
Wick Academy 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Brora Rangers 1 : 0 Huntly
Deveronvale 2 : 1 Nairn County
18-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 36
Rothes 1 : 0 Wick Academy
Brora Rangers 1 : 3 Fraserburgh
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 1 Fort William
Nairn County 3 : 0 Turriff United
Cove Rangers 0 : 1 Forres Mechanics
Keith 1 : 5 Formartine United
14-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 36
Huntly 3 : 0 Rothes
Nairn County 3 : 1 Fraserburgh
Buckie Thistle 6 : 0 Lossiemouth
Strathspey Thistle 2 : 3 Keith

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