Created: Saturday, 14 September 2013 17:09
Published: Saturday, 14 September 2013 17:09
Written by Steven Rattray
There were some incredibly dramatic matches in the Scottish Cup first round this afternoon but the long and short of it is that Brora Rangers, Wick Academy, Deveronvale, Keith, Fraserburgh, Inverurie Locos, Turriff United and Buckie Thistle all went through joining Cove and Formartine in the 2nd Round while Lossiemouth and Fort William have replays to look forward to next weekend. Clach, Forres, Nairn, Rothes and Huntly crashed out. Further details to follow throughout the evening.
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Created: Saturday, 14 September 2013 11:09
Published: Saturday, 14 September 2013 11:09
Written by Steven Rattray
The 2013 William Hill Scottish Cup kicks off in a few hours with the SHFL clubs travelling far and wide in the hope of progression following a draw the produced only two all Highland League ties.
Deveronvale will host Clach in the first of those with Graeme Watt, Rhyss Fyfe and Craig Simpson being added to the Banffers squad. Charlie Charlesworth will be without Michele Lombardi, Kevin Duguid, Tom Hutchison, Bob Morrice and Craig Cowie. The Lilywhites will also be without five of their squad. Scott Graham, Chris Ross, Ross Grant, Struan Woodhouse and Mackay missing out.
The other SHFL clash sees Keith head to Mosset Park without Gary McNamee and Murray McCulloch. Forres don’t have their injury worries to seek with Kyle Scott, Ryan Green, Ross Archibald, Steven Fraser and Scott Lawrie all out while there are doubts over Simon Allan, Craig McGovern and Andy Fraser. Charlie Rowley has been working hard this week to try and ensure he can bolster the squad for this match.
Table topping Brora Rangers will host a Vale of Leithen side that they watched face East Kilbride in the Lowland League a few weeks ago. Dale Gillespie is out until Christmas but Martin Maclean is free from injury and will be available for the much fancied Cattachs.
Their fellow Highlanders, Wick Academy, face one of the longest trips possible as they head for Coldstream. Grant Steven and Bryan McKiddie are their only absentees as they head to the Borders. Turriff United are going to be clocking up the miles too but have a more substantial list of players not making the trip with Gary Harris, Mike McKenzie, Stuart Taylor, Nick Gray, Gary Davidson and Kenny Mair all missing.
One of the ties of the round sees Nairn County head for Linlithgow to take on the Rose. Les Fridge’s side will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Kynoch Park and has no new injury concerns.
There are two Moray sides heading South West, Buckie are off to Wigtown without Neil Davidson and Nikki Smith while Graeme Stewart is a doubt. Rothes will face Threave Rovers with new addition Stuart Thomson being added to their squad. Ben Stewart is unavailable as are Kevin Shortreed, Callum Morrison and Craig Ferguson.
Fort William will be hoping to build on last week’s draw at Buckie as they host Newton Stewart. While Sean Grant and Robin Harvey miss out they are adding Robbie Donaldson, Andy Martin, Iain Maclellan, Duncan Campbell and new signing Darren Buchan. Fraserburgh also have home advantage and are set to be largely unchanged from the side that defeated Forres Mechanics.
Huntly have Michael Clark back from holiday and Alexander Thoirs has served a suspension but Grant Campbell is out with a knee injury as they welcome Preston Athletic. Ryan Broadhurst and Jamie Michie are nearing a comeback for Inverurie Locos but this game will come too early for them and Andy Bagshaw. Neil Gauld is suspended.
Meanwhile there will be a North derby of sorts when Lossiemouth have no new injury doubts as they aim to put the Brora game behind them quickly when they host a Culter side that lost out to Deveronside on penalties last weekend. Golspie Sutherland will welcome Meadowbank side Edinburgh City.