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Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 6th: Fraserburgh

While http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner is the only pundit tipping Fraserburgh to finish 6th for the third season running, the remaining pundits have looked further north with two in agreement.

6th Place: Fraserburgh  

Last Season: Prediction: 3rd Actual: 6th     

P 34 W 18 D 5 L 11 GD 36 Pts 59   

Post Season Positives: 
The three constants maintained by Fraserburgh last season following on from Kris Hunter's first in charge: sixth place, silverware, and Scott Barbour scooping Young Player of the Year. They have retained the same squad who achieved that, and the stability of the team looks very strong as a result, and have plenty momentum on their side having finished the season exceptionally well. 

Post Season Negatives: 
The fine line between what was and what could have been if games had been seen out. On a few occasions last season, Fraserburgh were left to curse the fact they relinquished a winning position. 

Key Man: 
Scott Barbour. When people outside of the Highland League ask which exciting prospects are coming through, he's the first one I'll list every time. His energy in and around the penalty box coupled with the technical ability he has brings real danger to defenders. I look forward to seeing his continued development this season.    

Prediction 2013-2014: 
Fraserburgh haven't tweaked their squad at all which is a major positive. A settled team is always an advantage, and the Broch have most definitely earned the right to be considered as a team in the mix for top spot. While I can sense that their time is coming, I think the sides I've predicted to be the top five are stronger placed to maintain a consistent run of form throughout the season. That said, if the Broch can mirror their end of season run they will certainly be in contention. For now, it's a third consecutive 6th 

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North of Scotland Cup: 31st July

Rothes 1: Sean McIntosh (55) Lossiemouth 3: Liam Archibald (42) Darren Bailey (78) Scott Wilson (88)

Lossiemouth struck twice within the last twelve minutes to book a second round trip to Forres Mechanics.

 There was an early chance for the hosts when Matthew Davidson played a one-two with Anthony Ross and from the return ball Davidson was denied by Ricky Horne on his Rothes return who kept the ball out with a low save.

A rare break upfield from Rothes should’ve resulted in a goal. A great through ball from Calum McIntosh to Lewis Forbes presented the forward with a scoring chance but Errol Watson still managed to save after being caught off his line. Forbes would then win the ball back and crossed for Sean McIntosh fifteen yards out who forced Watson into another save on the volley. Sean McIntosh came close again moments later volleying over from close range.

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Formartine land Elgin home tie in Ramsdens Cup

Formartine United will once again face SPFL League Two opposition in the Ramsdens Cup, after the Second Round draw handed them a home tie against former Highland League outfit Elgin City.

Steve Paterson will face his former side on either Tuesday 20th August or Wednesday 21st August.

Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 8th: Deveronvale

Moving into 8th place, there is an uncharacteristic sense of agreement between our pundits as three of the four tip Deveronvale for the position. It all begins with http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner. 

8th Place: Deveronvale  

Last Season: Prediction: 11th Actual: 7th     

P 34 W 17 D 7 L 10 GD 21 Pts 58   

Post Season Positives: 
Vale have added a good blend of players, with youngsters Ross Aitken and Craig Simpson arriving alongside the experience of Shawn Scott and Kevin Duguid. Overall, for the players to have a settled summer without the uncertainty of managerial change should be considered a positive. A year down the line, Charlie Charlesworth will have a good idea of how the club's targets can be met.   

Post Season Negatives: 
After an excellent start under Charlie last season, Vale fell away somewhat after the new year. Charlie may have preferred it to be the other way round in order to carry momentum into the new season. However, the period of reflection may be just what Charlie needed.   

Key Man: 
Graeme Watt. A hugely reliable player for Charlie. He contributed a great deal for Charlie in his first season as both a scorer and a provider for others, as well as being carrying out his duties as vice-captain.    

Prediction 2013-2014: 
We are now at the stage in the table where small margins can separate several teams. Although Vale have a few players who have tasted Highland League title success before, comparatively I think they're still in the early stages of manufacturing a side capable of winning the title. As Cove showed last season, and Forres before them, it takes a number of years to get to that stage. While I think the long-term signs are definitely there for Vale under Charlie, perseverance will be the key as they continue to build. 8th 

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Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 7th: Forres Mechanics

The pre-season predictions have now firmly reached the top half of the table, and as we close in on Saturday's kick-off a full table of predictions from our pundits is nearing. http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner is first to put forward his tip for 7th place.

7th Place: Forres Mechanics 

Last Season: Prediction: 4th Actual: 9th     

P 34 W 16 D 7 L 11 GD 29 Pts 55   

Post Season Positives: 
Stability. Forres have retained the bulk of their squad, just as they did last summer, meaning their side still has the same face as that which won the title a year ago. The return from injury of Lee Fraser to that comes as a huge morale boost to everyone at the club. 

Post Season Negatives: 
The drop in the table from the championship-winning campaign. There were reasons for it, with Mechanics having several injuries throughout the campaign, but Charlie Rowley will be aiming to prove that the squad he has is still capable of being right in amongst it. 

Key Man: 
Lee Fraser. While it's important not to put too much pressure on his young shoulders upon return, the difference he was making to the side in the final few games of last season was telling. He'll be more hungry than ever to make up for lost time, and comes into the side well prepared after a run in the team at the tail end of last campaign coming before a full pre-season. 

Prediction 2013-2014: 
Forres can rightfully lay claim to one of the strongest starting elevens' in the league when everybody is fit. Charlie has added carefully to his squad, with two promising Inverness City players coming in to increase his options. There will be a huge desire at Mosset Park to improve upon last season. While I think they will, the fierce competition for places in and around the top half of the table can mean improvement isn't always rewarded as hoped. A rise by two places, and edged out by the narrowest margins by the side directly above them. 7th 

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Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 9th: Inverurie Locos

As the pundits move into the top half of the league, http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner re-positions a side both he and John Innes had tipped to be title winners last season. 

9th Place: Inverurie Loco Works 

Last Season: Prediction: 2nd Actual: 10th     

P 34 W 16 D 5 L 13 GD 11 Pts 53   

Post Season Positives: 
The prospect of the vastly experienced Martin Bavidge teaming up with Neil Gauld, who himself is fresh from his most successful season on a personal level. It's a strikeforce that will excite Locos fans, on paper it is certainly among the best in the league. 

Post Season Negatives: 
The potential loss of Clark Bain will be hugely felt, with the former Cove Rangers midfielder and two-time Highland League title winner requesting a transfer from Harlaw Park. Bain is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in the Highland League.

Key Man: 
Martin Bavidge. His presence and experience and up front could help bring on Neil Gauld even more, while the former Peterhead is unlikely to be far from the goal trail himself.    

Prediction 2013-2014: 
Last season was a disappointing one for Locos, without being disastrous by any means. Things would have looked entirely different had the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup Final gone the other way in spite of the league position being lower than had been predicted through these channels - two of our pundits (myself included) tipped Locos to break their Highland League duck last season. While I think Locos will improve, I think as with many sides with a heavy flow of youth coming through they will need to be patient. It's customary to predict which sides will win silverware outside of the domestic league campaign, and I think Locos may just come good in this area. 9th

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AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup: 30th July 2013

Brora Rangers defeated Inverness Caley Thistle 3-0 on spot-kicks, following a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes at Dudgeon Park.

Davie Kirkwood's men now face a trip to face Thurso in the second round.

The Cattachs took the lead on 40 minutes, as Zander Sutherland's drilled low shot beat Caley Jags stopper Cameron Mackay.

However the lead lasted just three minutes, as Norwegian U21 internationalist Torbjørn Agdestein knocked the ball past Joe Malin.

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Vale beaten by young Arabs

It was to be Dundee United's youngsters that came out on top against Vale winning 4-1, their third win over Highland League opposition after beating Buckie Thistle and Fraserburgh beforehand.

United took the lead in the 8th minute after Aiden Connolly's through ball opened up the Vale defence and found Dale Hilson who produced a wonderful chip over Darren McConnachie.

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League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 16 44 WWDWW
2 Inverurie Locos 20 44 DWWWW
3 Fraserburgh 17 41 WLWWW
4 Brora Rangers 16 37 WLWWW
5 Huntly 19 35 WDWLW
6 Buckie Thistle 17 32 LWLWD
7 Formartine United 17 31 WWLWL
8 Rothes 18 30 DLDWW
9 Forres Mechanics 17 30 WWWWW
10 Deveronvale 18 28 LWWWW
11 Turriff United 18 24 DLLLL
12 Clachnacuddin 19 22 LLWDW
13 Nairn County 16 22 WLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 18 8 LLWDL
16 Lossiemouth 19 5 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 18 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 16 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Formartine United 1 : 0 Forfar Athletic
Stranraer 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City
18-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 17
Rothes 9 : 1 Fort William
Turriff United 1 : 2 Huntly
Keith 0 : 3 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 2 : 3 Clachnacuddin
15-11-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Deveronvale 4 : 0 Aberdeen University
11-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 16
Inverurie Locos 3 : 1 Formartine United
Nairn County 2 : 4 Forres Mechanics
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 5 Rothes
Brora Rangers 7 : 0 Lossiemouth
Turriff United 1 : 3 Deveronvale
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Buckie Thistle
Huntly 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
08-11-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 15
Lossiemouth 0 : 3 Buckie Thistle

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