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Match Summaries: Wednesday 7th August

Bryan McKiddie's 85th minute winner broke Clach hearts to send Wick Academy through to the semi-finals of the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup after Ian Polworth's men had battled back from 3-0 down to square the tie.

Gary Weir's early strike was added to by two Richard Macadie goals. However Gordon Morrison, and a double from Martin Laing looked to have sent the tie to penalty kicks, before substitute McKiddie struck.

Forres Mechanics also progressed with a 3-0 win over Lossiemouth, with Scott Lawrie, Craig McGovern and Simon Allan on target.

Meanwhile Lewis MacKinnon's penalty separated Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale at Victoria Park.

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Dorrat Disappointed Not To See Side Hold Onto Lead Against Champions

Huntly’s Craig Dorrat saw his side lose a two goal lead at Allan Park after Cove Rangers came from behind for earn a draw. The black and gold’s had led against the league champions until eight minutes to go when a Ryan Stott penalty ensure both sides had to settle for a point each.

The black and gold’s have not won away to Cove since February 2006 and Dorrat felt disappointed their performance did not was unable to break that hoodoo.

“Being two-nil up I thought we had a good chance to go on an win the game but Allan Park is never a good place to come and get a result as we’ve seen in the past but given the fact we’ve not won here in a while we would’ve taken a 2-2 draw before the game.”

The visitors netted from a Neale Davidson free kick and a David Booth penalty and the former Turriff United player admitted that Huntly can depend on that pair.

“Neale took his free kick really well and placed it so the keeper had no chance while David has a good record when it comes to penalty kicks and when he stepped up we didn’t think he was going to miss.”

When Cove did level late on the 24 year old admitted the pressure then went onto his side.

”Cove had a penalty themselves late on which I personally didn’t see the incident but to get a decision awarded against your side late on can be harsh and some felt the referee wanted to level things up with Cove players being annoyed at the penalty we got. From then we had to make sure we kept defending as a team and make sure we didn’t lose another goal.”

During pre-season Craig had found himself playing in a back three but a tactical change for their first competitive match saw the winger turned centre half renewing a partnership with former Aberdeen player Michael Hart in the heart of defence.

 

“It felt more solid changing to a back four today and it felt more comfortable to play in. Having Michael Hart in beside the other defenders helps keep us right as he’s a good talker and is full of experience which he can pass onto other players. I’ve only been playing in that position myself since March but I enjoy it and it feels more comfortable winning high balls and playing a more physical game which is my style of play.” 

Team of the Week 27-31 July 2013: Sam the Scorries' man

Following on from last week’s busy “Pre-season Predictions” series, we catch up on the usual features starting with Team of the Week. First of all we have a selection of the best performers from last week’s cup action, which oversaw six AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup ties and one Ramsdens Cup game. http://www.hflhub.co.uk will have the top eleven from Saturday's opening league fixtures card later in the week.

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William Hill Scottish Cup First Round Draw to take place tomorrow

The draw for the First Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup will take place at Hampden Park tomorrow at 1.15pm.

Fiften Highland League clubs, along with North Caledonian League outfit Golspie Sutherland and North Junior champions Culter, will be part of the 36-club draw which excludes champions Cove Rangers and runners-up Formartine United who enter at the second round stage.

Ties will be played on Saturday 14th September 2013.

FIRST ROUND – SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2013

36 Clubs (18 ties)

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Stephen Delighted To Be Back At Cove

Cove Rangers’ Barrie Stephen made a long awaited return to action on Saturday playing in Highland League playing for the first time since March of last year.  The 32 year old winger had sat out the last year of his Formartine United contract but admitted his return to action back at Cove where he was a double championship winner was a tough one.

“In a way it was good to have a break and it probably one I think I needed and I’m delighted to be back at Cove Rangers. I was a bit short of match fitness when I came back but I’ve got a good run of games during pre-season and I’m happy to be back.

it was a tough game to start with but having went two-nil down we knew a comeback was required if we were to get anything out of the game but in terms of spirit from the team it was good to see everyone fighting late on to earn a draw.”

Having lost players like Martin Johnston and Stuart McKenzie and having selection problems going into Saturday, Barrie was one of four new faces in the starting eleven alongside Craig Reid, Scott Webster and Scott Burke; Stephen knew that changes would have to be made

“We missed Eric Watson in defence who is an influential player and he’d be a miss to any team in the league if he’s not playing but Roy McBain dropped back into defence to play with Alan Redford and they played very well and Scott Burke also came into the midfield and has a lot to offer following a good showing. It’s no secret we were light on players and had some playing out of position but you’ll always get that at some point in the season but we’ve a good enough squad to cope with that.”

Former Forfar and Peterhead player Jamie McLauchlin came off the bench to start the fight back and having seen what he had to offer in friendly matches; Barrie has been impressed so far with the forward.

“Jamie played really well during pre-season but it was unfortunate for him not to start today but a goal like that help the team strengthen the attacking position and give him a big confidence boost.”

In a game which produced a penalty kick for either side the ex Huntly, Keith, Deveronvale  and Elgin City winger admitted the one his side were awarded look a stronger claim than the one his former club got.

 

“Our penalty was a stonewall decision, their player, Grant Campbell tugged my shirt and the Referee called the decision. I felt the one Huntly got early on in the second half was never a penalty and I was disappointed to see it given as it then gave us an uphill struggle going down two-nil and I’m glad we showed that fighting spirit to come back. Our player has kicked Marek Mádle’s foot and then he screamed out and rolled about like an idiot and Huntly asked for a penalty. I thought the player did that a few times during the game and our centre half’s got clued up to it.”

Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Latest: Turriff v Keith

Turriff United defeated Keith 4-1 in the opening match of this season's Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup. 

Gary Harris followed up his weekend hat-trick with the opener from close range on 29 minutes.

Paul Young made it 2-0 on 66 minutes before Gary McGowan added a third two minutes later.

Sean Keith pulled one back for the Maroons on 86 minutes. However, Ben Allan added the clincher with two minutes remaining to seal a fine win for United as they look to do the Aberdeenshire double.

Matchday Stats: Saturday 3rd August 2013

With the start of the new season having arrived, http://www.hflhub.co.uk has been collating the usual Saturday stats to go along with last week's cup action. Although the Stat Pack is looking fairly bare thus far, there will be plenty room for additions over the coming months.

Matchday Stats (Saturday 3rd August 2013):

Goals Total: 33

Games: 9 

Average Per Game: 3.66

Quickest Goal: 2 minutes: Ross Tokely (Brora Rangers)

Latest Goal: 88 minutes: Greig Mitchell (Inverurie Locos)

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League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 22 62 WWWWW
2 Fraserburgh 25 58 DWWDW
3 Inverurie Locos 26 57 WDWWW
4 Formartine United 25 52 WWLWW
5 Forres Mechanics 24 45 WWLWL
6 Buckie Thistle 27 43 WLDLL
7 Brora Rangers 21 41 WLDLL
8 Rothes 25 40 LLWWW
9 Huntly 26 39 LLLDL
10 Deveronvale 25 35 LWLLW
11 Nairn County 23 35 WDWWL
12 Clachnacuddin 27 34 DDLWD
13 Wick Academy 21 28 WWWDD
14 Turriff United 22 24 LLLLL
15 Lossiemouth 27 14 LLWLL
16 Keith 27 11 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 24 10 LDWLW
18 Fort William 21 2 LLLLD

Recent Results

24-02-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup First Round
Forres Mechanics 5 : 3 Deveronvale
Cove Rangers 4 : 1 Rothes
Brora Rangers 2 : 0 Turriff United
24-02-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 30
Buckie Thistle 1 : 3 Inverurie Locos
Fraserburgh 2 : 0 Lossiemouth
Wick Academy 2 : 2 Clachnacuddin
21-02-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 29
Huntly 1 : 7 Inverurie Locos
Buckie Thistle 1 : 2 Strathspey Thistle
Keith 0 : 2 Deveronvale
Clachnacuddin 3 : 2 Brora Rangers
Nairn County 2 : 4 Rothes
Formartine United 4 : 1 Forres Mechanics
20-02-2018 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield Final
Banks O' Dee 2 : 5 Cove Rangers
17-02-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 29
Inverurie Locos 3 : 0 Clachnacuddin
Keith 0 : 5 Cove Rangers
Lossiemouth 4 : 6 Rothes
Formartine United 3 : 2 Brora Rangers
Nairn County 1 : 0 Strathspey Thistle

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