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Newsround 29th July 2013: Forres add City duo / Lombardi signs on at Vale / Fort add six

Forres Mechanics signed former Inverness City pair Paul Smith and Andrew Fraser in time for Saturday's 1-0 win against Aberdeen Junior outfit Hermes.

Smith had been on trial with the Can-Cans over the full duration of pre-season, while Fraser had been tracked by manager Charlie Rowley for nearly 18 months.

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Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 10th: Clachnacuddin

The pre-season predictions continue as the pundits now assess who will finish in 10th place, starting with reporter Andy Skinner.

10th Place: Clachnacuddin 

Last Season: Prediction: 12th Actual: 5th     

P 34 W 21 D 3 L 10 GD 19 Pts 66   

Post Season Positives:
Ian Polworth was commended for his achievements with the Manager of the Year prize, as voted for by his fellow managers. Clach were genuine title contenders until the last few weeks of the season, which is a tremendous achievement given where Clach have come from in such a short time. The reason for it was Polworth building up a young, hard-working side, and so the recognition he earned was deserved and the culmination of his efforts in galvanising the club. 

Post Season Negatives:      

Quite a bare category for the Lilywhites. Potentially their dip in form towards the end of last season was a sign that teams had finally gotten to grips with just how serious a threat Clach were.

Key Man:
Scott Graham. Has proven to be a real livewire up front. Will be worth plenty goals while also aiming to bring new striker Kyle White into play.

Prediction 2013-2014:
While not expecting much to drop in Clach's performances, there's a consideration that other teams could be more alert to the danger Clach pose. The addition of three promising youngsters from Caley Thistle offers hope of Clach expanding on the eye-pleasing product they have already established at Grant Street Park. They will continue to consolidate stability, but might just get caught up in that congested mid-table area. 10th

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Fort William 1-0 Muir of Ord Rovers

Fort William will face the winner of Tuesday’s tie between Nairn County and Strathspey Thistle, after Darren Quigg’s winner gave them a 1-0 success at home to Muir of Ord Rovers.

The first chance arrived for the hosts on 23 minutes, as Sandy Stephen in the Muir of Ord goal got down well to his right to deny Andy Maclean’s 18 yard effort.

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Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Draw 2013-14

The full Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Draw has been made, with an exciting first round clash between Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale. The winners will face Press and Journal Highland League champions Cove Rangers at home in the Second Round, where Inverurie Locos face Banks O'Dee, Huntly host Fraserburgh, and the winners of Turriff United v Keith face a trip to play Formartine United.

Full Draw

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Ramsdens Cup / AJG North of Scotland Cup / Friendlies Round-up 27th July 2013

There were victories for all three Highland League sides in competitive action this afternoon.

Formartine recorded an impressive 2-0 victory against League Two outfit East Stirling in the Ramsdens Cup, courtesy of first-half goals from Daniel Park and Cammy Keith.

In the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup, Wick Academy have won 3-1 against Golspie Sutherland after falling behind in the day's early kick-off. However, Sam Mackay's hat-trick made progression safe despite Mackay and Stevie Cunningham both missing penalties for the Scorries.

Fort William defeated Muir of Ord Rovers 1-0 thanks to Darren Quigg's early second-half goal.

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Highland Football

Those who live in the area and those who know Scottish Football will need no introduction to the Scottish Highland Football League and other forms of football in the area.  The Highlands and Aberdeenshire support many different leagues. At local level there is welfare football made up of organised and affiliated pub and business leagues. Junior football is split into various leagues with a North Superleague and regional East and West Leagues.

Currently there are no facilities for promotion or relegation to or from the Highland League however plans are in place to change this. In recent years teams like Ross County and Inverness have departed the Highland League and performed consistently well at the highest level on the SPFL. Teams such as Elgin City and Peterhead have also joined the national league setup. New teams such as Turriff, Formartine and Strathspey have come form junior ranks to fill the voids left.

The Highland League was formed in 1894 with only Clachnacuddin and Forres Mechanics remaining as original members. Throughout the history of the league there have been various teams come and go and the league has changed size at various points settling at the current 18 team league. You can find out more about the Highland Football League here.

Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 11th: Turriff United

11th Place: Turriff United 

Last Season: Prediction: 14th Actual: 11th     

P 34 W 16 D 4 L 14 GD 1 Pts 52   

Post Season Positives: 
A very encouraging end to last season. Turriff's second MMT Aberdeenshire Shield success in three seasons should be regarded as a real sign of progression. New signings from last summer such as Nick Gray and Lewis Davidson showed up very well, so the hopes will be high Stuart Cumming and Phil McKibben can make a similar impact. 

Post Season Negatives:  
On reflection Turriff didn't start last season too well. It's difficult to tell whether their excellent Scottish Cup run had an effect on their league form. However, they will be wondering what could have been had their late season run been mirrored in the early part of the campaign. James Duthie and Mark Simpson will be eager to hit the ground running this time. The loss of Ross Anderson to Inverurie Locos is also a big blow for Turra.

Key Man: 
Gary Harris. Had an excellent season last year, and has established himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the league. His goals could be crucial, given how tightly placed the mid-table zone can be.     

Prediction 2013-2014: 
Turra's Scottish Cup run was heroic last season, and they were terrific ambassadors for the Highland League in taking Greenock Morton back to Cappielow. Hopefully they can do similar this season, but it's important they first and foremost ensure they begin the domestic campaign positively. A team that continues to steadily grow upon season, which is the best way to do it. Turriff have a compact squad with a mixture of youth and experience, my only fear would be how strong they are in depth should an injury crisis ensue. 11th 

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Skinner's Predictions Panel (2013-14) 12th: Buckie Thistle

Are our pundits' opinions beginning to split? We now have three different sides tipped to finish 12th, starting with reporter Andy Skinner who has predicted no movement in the position from last season's table. 

12th Place: Buckie Thistle  

Last Season: Prediction: 7th Actual: 12th     

P 34 W 13 D 7 L 14 GD -4 Pts 46   

Post Season Positives: 
The addition of some experienced players to the club, and significantly the return of two who have Buckie's double title-winning success etched on their CVs from previous spells at Victoria Park.

Post Season Negatives: 
The fact that the constant departure of players through the season has effectively made it a rebuilding job for Gary Hake since he took the job last summer. That has continued again with the addition of experience, purely as a reaction to the youthfulness of the side Thistle finished with last season. I'm sure Gary would have preferred to end the season with a clearer idea of what his team will be like next term. 

Key Man: 
Craig MacMillan. As the saying goes, goals win you games. Having Franny back at the club is a big boost for the Jags, who will know what to expect from him. A predatory finisher like Craig can make the difference in marginal games, or even games you don't deserve to win.  

Prediction 2013-2014: 
The last couple of predictions have been tough, and this one matches them every bit of the way. Buckie had no other option but to blood youngsters last season, and the kids will have taken a great deal from that experience, although they maybe need another year or so to fully gel into the physical demands of Highland League football. Each player Buckie have brought in this summer has a good level of experience, and that should help to take a bit of pressure off young shoulders. However, I don't think finding the balance between the two will be an overnight job, and Buckie may need to settle for another mid-table finish as the transition continues. 12th

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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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