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Soane agrees permanent Forres stay / Vale land Wardrop

 Midfielder Stuart Soane has agreed a three-year contract to remain at Forres Mechanics following his successful loan spell from Formartine United.

Soane found first-team opportunities hard to come by with the Pitmedden side, but has started all five games since joining Mechanics at the start of September on an initial one-month loan.

Can-Cans manager Charlie Rowley has moved quickly to retain Soane's services, with the former Inverness CT player agreeing a deal until 2016.

Rowley said: "We tried to sign Stuart before he went to Formartine when he was leaving Huntly, so we are well aware of his strengths. There is no questioning his ability.

"His best is yet to come, given his lack of minutes with Formartine. He hasn't missed a training session since he's been with us. It just shows what regular game time can do, hopefully he won't pick up niggly injuries in training which have held him back in the past. He's already made a major impact in the squad, and the boys have taken to him immediately. You can see the quality he's got even though he's not been 100% match fit.

"The early indications are that Stuart is feeling extremely good to be at the club. We are in a bit of a false position with so many people missing, we are having set-backs every week. However, Stuart says he hasn't had this feeling since he was at Huntly and at his very best. Hopefully we can get his fitness back to that level."

 Meanwhile Deveronvale have also strengthened their squad with the addition of striker Ricky Wardrop from Lossiemouth.

Vale manager Charlie Charlesworth originally signed Wardrop for Lossiemouth from Forres Mechanics in March 2011, having been with Brora Rangers prior to that.

Charlesworth was pleased to be reunited with the attacker.

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Birthday boy Bowman hopes three points are Huntly's forty

 With only two Highland League games being played on Saturday amidst the Scottish Cup action, we begin the weekend preview with league business at MacKessack Park where Rothes entertain Huntly – a special occasion for veteran Black and Golds keeper Richard Bowman.

Bowman turns 40 tomorrow, on the eve of his side's encounter with former club Rothes.

The plumber played for the Speysiders – along with Banks O'Dee and Buckie Thistle – prior to winning the Highland League title with Huntly in 2005.

Since leaving Christie Park in 2006, Bowman has played in the junior ranks for Sunnybank, Ellon United and amateur side McTeagle.

Having returned to Huntly in early 2012 primarily as goalkeeping coach, Bowman found back in the thrust of Highland League action this season after Neil Hastie's retirement and a loss of form from Shaun Barney.

Bowman didn't expect to still be turning out at Highland League level, but insists he still enjoys it as much as ever before.

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Burke transfer listed by Cove

 Cove Rangers have placed defensive midfielder Scott Burke on the transfer list.

Burke is in his second spell at Allan Park, having only rejoined Cove in August after featuring as a trialist in their opening day 2-2 draw against Huntly.

After leaving the Highland League champions midway through the 2011/12 season, Burke went on to spend time with junior side Banchory St. Ternan and amateur outfit Woodside.

All enquiries for the 21 year-old should be made either directly to the club, or manager Kevin Tindal.

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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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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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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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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League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 34 90 WWLWL
2 Formartine United 34 79 WWWWW
3 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
4 Fraserburgh 34 73 LLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
6 Brora Rangers 34 63 LWLWW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Deveronvale 34 51 LWDWW
9 Nairn County 34 51 DWWLW
10 Rothes 34 49 LLWLW
11 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
12 Wick Academy 34 46 DLLLL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 34 37 WLLWL
15 Keith 34 16 LDWLD
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 34 14 LLDLL
18 Fort William 34 5 DLLLD

Recent Results

12-05-2018 14:00 - SPFL Pyramid Play-off Final
Cowdenbeath 3 : 2 Cove Rangers
05-05-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 39
Turriff United 0 : 2 Brora Rangers
05-05-2018 15:00 - SPFL Pyramid Play-off Final
Cove Rangers 0 : 0 Cowdenbeath
02-05-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 38
Fort William 3 : 3 Keith
01-05-2018 19:45 - SPFL Pyramid Play-Off
Spartans 2 : 1 Cove Rangers
28-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 38
Formartine United 2 : 1 Wick Academy
Fort William 3 : 7 Turriff United
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 7 Brora Rangers
28-04-2018 15:00 - SPFL Pyramid Play-Off
Cove Rangers 4 : 0 Spartans
25-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 37
Rothes 3 : 1 Brora Rangers
Deveronvale 5 : 0 Fort William
24-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 37
Cove Rangers 0 : 3 Nairn County
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 4 Fraserburgh
21-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 37
Rothes 0 : 1 Fraserburgh
Wick Academy 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Brora Rangers 1 : 0 Huntly
Deveronvale 2 : 1 Nairn County
Formartine United 12 : 0 Fort William

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