Created: Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:34
Published: Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:34
Are our pundits' opinions beginning to split? We now have three different sides tipped to finish 12th, starting with http://www.hflhub.co.uk 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.
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.
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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Created: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 23:48
Published: Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:00
Inverurie Loco Works have announced that veteran midfielder Craig Ross has hung up his boots with immediate effect.
Ross made his debut for Locos in 1998 having been signed from Middlefield Boys club, and became a mainstay for the Garioch side in their rise from the juniors into the Highland League in 2001.
He went on to become an integral part of a Locos team that won two Qualifying Cups, two Highland League Cups and an Aberdeenshire Shield in the naughties, and was rewarded with a testimonial fixture against Aberdeen in 2008.
A statement by Locos’ co-managers Kenny Coull and Scott Buchan – both former team-mates of Rossco at the club – broke the news while paying tribute to the midfielder.
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