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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 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) 9th: Inverurie Locos

As the pundits move into the top half of the league, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 24 66 WWWWD
2 Inverurie Locos 28 63 WWWWW
3 Fraserburgh 26 61 WWDWW
4 Formartine United 26 55 WLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 26 51 LWLWW
6 Buckie Thistle 29 46 DLLWL
7 Brora Rangers 23 44 DLLWL
8 Huntly 27 42 LLDLW
9 Rothes 26 40 LWWWL
10 Nairn County 25 38 WWLWL
11 Clachnacuddin 30 37 WDWLL
12 Deveronvale 26 35 WLLWL
13 Wick Academy 24 32 DDWLD
14 Turriff United 24 27 LLLLW
15 Lossiemouth 28 14 LWLLL
16 Keith 28 11 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 24 10 LDWLW
18 Fort William 24 2 LDLLL

Recent Results

17-03-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup Quarter Finals
Keith 1 : 2 Brora Rangers
17-03-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 32
Forres Mechanics 1 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Fort William 1 : 4 Huntly
Inverurie Locos 9 : 1 Lossiemouth
Nairn County 1 : 2 Formartine United
Turriff United 1 : 0 Clachnacuddin
Cove Rangers 1 : 1 Wick Academy
14-03-2018 20:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup Quarter Finals
Formartine United 7 : 0 Strathspey Thistle
14-03-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 31
Cove Rangers 1 : 0 Brora Rangers
Forres Mechanics 2 : 1 Wick Academy
Fort William 0 : 2 Nairn County
Clachnacuddin 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
10-03-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup First Round
Strathspey Thistle 2 : 2 Huntly
10-03-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup Quarter Finals
Forres Mechanics 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Nairn County 3 : 4 Fraserburgh
10-03-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 31
Turriff United 1 : 2 Wick Academy
Brora Rangers 3 : 0 Keith
Clachnacuddin 1 : 0 Rothes

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