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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.

Matchday Stat Pack: 21st September 2013

Saturday saw the season's record for the earliest goal smashed in style by Martin Bavidge, who netted after just 21 seconds to put distance between himself and the previous record of two minutes. 

However the goal did come in what went on to become Locos' first defeat of the season, meaning Brora Rangers are now the only side to maintain an unbeaten record stretching the whole season. Indeed, their impressive 11-game winning streak has also produced seven clean sheets to put them at the top of the defensive charts too.

Formartine United's Cammy Keith became a "Penalty King" and a "Hat-trick Hero" for the third time this season, meanwhile Forres Mechanics and Rothes have now equalled Strathspey Thistle and Fort William's season record for the longest run of defeats - now stretching as far as six.

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Shire Cup venue confirmed / Weekend Preview: 21st September 2013

It has been confirmed that the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Final between Formartine United and Inverurie Locos will take place at Christie Park, Huntly, on Saturday 19th October with a 2pm kick-off.

United will occupy the home dressing room.

Meanwhile, following last weekend's Scottish Cup first round action, we now return to domestic Highland League proceedings with seven matches lying ahead tomorrow.

There were only two cup ties which finished level last week, and with both involving Highland League sides they are the starting point a full weekend preview on

William Hill Scottish Cup First Round Replay

Culter v Lossiemouth
The two sides fought out a 0-0 draw at Grant Park last weekend, with North Superleague champions Culter looking to defeat Highland League opposition for the first time since junior clubs were granted access to the Scottish Cup in 2007. 

Newton Stewart v Fort William
Fort are without Barna Tot and Lewis Morrison, however they welcome Sean Grant and Robin Harvey back into their squad as they aim to progress to the second round.

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Shire Cup final to take place at Bellslea

After it was initially announced the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Final would take place at Christie Park, it has been confirmed it will now in fact be held at Bellslea Park in Fraserburgh.

Complications had arisen around the initial choice of venue, given that Huntly have a home game against Wick Academy on the same day.

The decision has been made to change to the Broch however, meaning the trophy will therefore not require any travelling. Fraserburgh are Aberdeenshire Cup holders after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over this year's finalists Formartine United, who will aim to go one better and bag their first silverware since arriving in the Highland League in 2009.

They will face Inverurie Loco Works on Saturday 19th October, with kick-off brought forward to 2pm due to Neil McLean's Testimonial Dinner in Thainstone the same evening.

Morrison Motors (Turriff) Aberdeenshire Shield Draw 2013-14

The draw for the Morrison Motors (Turriff) Aberdeenshire Shield has been made, with holders Turriff being given a local first round clash away to Deveronvale. There is an all-Aberdeen derby as Cove Rangers host Banks O'Dee - with the winner to play Keith.

Meanwhile an exciting tie awaits at Harlaw Park between Inverurie Locos and Buckie Thistle, which sees the winner take on Peterhead. Aberdeen University are at home to Fraserburgh.

Huntly and Formartine United also enter at the Round Two stage, with the two sides meeting in a Christie Park return for United boss Steve Paterson.

Full Draw as follows:

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Matchday Summaries: Saturday 21st September

Lossiemouth and Fort William were both defeated in their Scottish Cup replays, each losing 3-1 to Culter and Newton Stewart respectively.

Lossie had initially taken an early second-half lead through Willie Mathers, however George McBain put the North Junior Superleague champions in front with a double. Allan Youngson wrapped up Culter's progression. 

They will face Newton Stewart in the second round, after the South of Scotland League side defeated Fort William. After trailing 2-0 at the break with Michael Gillespie sent-off, Darren Quigg brought the Fort back into the game with an early second-half penalty. However, Liam Muir sealed his hat-trick midway through the second-half for the the hosts.

In league business, Nairn came from behind to defeat Inverurie Locos 5-2, with Conor Gethins netting a hat-trick. Meanwhile, Brora remain top after a 1-0 win away to Forres Mechanics. Formartine also came from behind to defeat Turriff with Cammy Keith netting a treble, while Gary Weir acheived the same feat as Wick ran out 7-0 winners against a Rothes side under the management of Graham Roy for the first time.

Strathspey Thistle clinched their first win of the season, as they turned over a half-time deficit against Clach, with Terry Swinton netting late on the secure the three points.

Deveronvale defeated Huntly 3-2 in an entertaining encounter at Princess Royal Park, in which Vale leads were twice pegged back by the Black and Golds but substitute Craig Cowie's goal two minutes after entering the field was one too many for Dave McGinlay's men.

Buckie Thistle meanwhile ran out 2-0 winners at Keith.

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Baker placed on Vale list

 Deveronvale have placed striker Kris Duncan on the transfer list.

"Baker" arrived at Princess Royal Park in 2011 from Rothes, but has struggled to nail down a starting spot this season since the addition of former Buckie duo Shawn Scott and Martin Charlesworth.

Vale boss Charlie Charlesworth explained:

"Myself and Baker have had ongoing talks since the summer with regards to a new contract. We have struggled to find middle ground between us. A contract was on the table previously but Kris wished to have more time to think about it due to his lack of playing time. As time has elapsed I have also agreed that I could not guarantee Kris more time on the pitch and considered it best for both parties to place him on the transfer list.

"Kris is a very hard working individual, who is a fans favourite for sure and we thank him for his services. He will be a great asset to any club in the SHFL.

"We will continue to bolster the squad in the right areas as players who we think will improve the team, become available but will ensure we attract the right players who will help and support the talented youngsters coming through."

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the manager, chairman, or the club directly.

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

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