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Grant leaves Strathspey

Strathspey manager Brian Grant has stepped down from his position.

Grant's resignation follows that of assistant boss Rab Simpson, who quit his role last week.

Grant claims that both he and Simpson lost the backing of the club's chairman, Donly McLeod.

Grant said: "Although the majority of the committee voted for us to stay, we didn't get the backing of the chairman.

"If we all can't stick together, then something has to give.

"I wish the club all the best. I am disappointed that I have had to take this route."

Strathspey finished bottom of the Highland League last season, two places worse off than they managed in the previous term.

Two assistant managers step down

Grant Munro has resigned as assistant manager at Rothes due to work and family commitments.

Meanwhile, Rab Simpson has stepped down as assistant boss at Strathspey Thistle.

Buckie and East Kilbride are ready for round 2

Buckie and East Kilbride are ready to do it all again after a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their promotion playoff at Victoria Park.

The two teams meet in the second leg on Saturday at K-Park.

The winners of the tie will play the team that finishes bottom of League 2 for the right to play in that division next season.

After the first leg, the managers of both teams gave their thoughts. Listen to those interviews below.

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart

 

East Kilbride manager Martin Lauchlan

 

Team news for matches on Saturday 29th April

SPFL Pyramid Play-Off First Leg

Buckie Thistle v East Kilbride
Buckie Thistle clinched the Highland League title with a crushing defeat of Strathspey last weekend, but it's back to business with the play-off ties against East Kilbride. Craig Dorrat and Andrew Skinner both miss out with ankle injuries and Craig Cowie has a knee problem.

Lowland Leage Champions East Kilbride hit the headlines this season when they broke the mighty Ajax Amsterdam's world record of 26 successive wins, racking up number 27 with a home win over BSC Glasgow in November. Goalkeeper Matt McGinley could face his former club at Victoria Park, he spent six months with The Jags in 2015. 

North of Scotland Cup Quarter Finals

Fort William v Invergordon

Fort William take on North Caledonian League Champions Invergordon at Claggan Park and they'll be without Scott Chisholm and Barna Tot due to work commitments, and Ewan MacLean through injury. Danny Highet returns to the squad along with Ally Stark.

Golspie Sutherland v Rothes

Rothes took the notable scalp of cup holders Wick Academy in the last round and they'll hope to reach the semi-final at the expense of Golspie Sutherland. Chris Brown is injured and is the only absentee for the visitors.

Halkirk Utd v Forres Mechanics

Forres travel to face Halkirk United, who finished a creditable third in the North Caledonian League. Ross MacPherson, John Cameron, Simon Allan , Jordan Wardrope and Fraser Forbes are all out injured for the Cans, while Connor McIver, Alan Pollock and Charlie Brown are also unavailable.

Nairn County v Brora Rangers
Nairn are looking to go one better than last season when they lost in the final to Wick Academy, but they face a tough test against Brora at Station Park. The Wee County are likely to have the same squad who won at Rothes last week.

Brora finished their league campaign in superb form and were unlucky to miss out on the title by just a single point. Boss Ross Tokely has a full squad to choose from, with striker Paul Brindle returning to training and back in the squad.

Toonsers Vs Teucheters Charity Game

Highland League legends will pull on the boots again at the home of Formartine, this Sunday, in the “Toonsers vs Teuchters” charity game in aid of Maggies Cancer Centre. 

Ex-stars from various clubs from the HFL will be in action, some for the first time in a while. 

Old rivalries will be resumed, however the day is centred around helping raise money and awareness for Maggies Care Centre. 

Maggies is a care and support centre for cancer sufferers and their families based in Aberdeen. 

The support they offer is both unique and hugely valuable to those who are both directly and indirectly affected by cancer. 

The game will feature the likes of Mark Perry, Darren Still, Jerry O’Driscoll, Barry Thompson, Billy Gordon and Derek Milne. 

Also there will be some more recognised faces from the past HFL season with managers Kris Hunter, Allan Hale and Mark Cowie. 

Current playing talent such as Roy McBain, Russell McBride and Ryan Christie will be making an appearance. 

Kick-off is at 1.30pm on Sunday 30th April, at North Lodge Park, Pitmedden.

News round-up: Lossie manager steps down

Bobby Beckwith has stepped down as Lossiemouth manager due to ill-health.

Meanwhile, Neil Gauld has re-joined Inverurie Locos. The striker has left Formartine and signed a three-year deal at Harlaw Park.

Elsewhere, Wick forard Gary Weir has decided to retire.

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 29th April

SPFL Pyramid Play-Off First Leg  

Buckie Thistle 2-2 East Kilbride 

Buckie: Chris Angus (8), Sam Urquhart (33 pen) 

East Kilbride: Paul Woods (44), Russell McLean (84) 

North of Scotland Cup Quarter Finals 

Fort William 3-0 Invergordon  

Fort William: Iain Maclellan (15, 26), Scott Davidson (51) 

Golspie Sutherland 0-3 Rothes 

Rothes: Scott Maclean (19), Struan McArthur (55), Smith (60) 

Halkirk Utd 0-3 Forres Mechanics 

Forres: Andrew Macrae (4), Craig McGovern (23), Calum Howarth (80)  

Nairn County 1-3 Brora Rangers   

Nairn: Jordan Macrae (75) 

Brora: Andrew Greig (2, 48), Zander Sutherland (60)

Audio Interviews: Buckie celebrate title triumph

Buckie celebrated winning the Highland League championship after a 9-0 demolition of Strathspey.

After the match, key members of the club gave their thoughts on the title triumph. Listen to the interviews below.

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart

 

Buckie striker John McLeod

 

Buckie captain Kevin Fraser

 

Buckie forward Chris Angus

 

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Buckie Thistle 3 : 0 Formartine United
Rothes 2 : 2 Forres Mechanics
Clachnacuddin 0 : 0 Wick Academy
Turriff United 1 : 2 Nairn County
Cove Rangers 1 : 1 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 4 : 1 Keith
Huntly 4 : 0 Fort William
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1 Buckie Thistle 34 94 82
2 Cove Rangers 34 79 82
3 Brora Rangers 34 80 81
4 Formartine United 34 35 73
5 Fraserburgh 34 29 63
6 Forres Mechanics 34 21 58
7 Turriff United 34 14 58
8 Wick Academy 34 23 53
9 Inverurie Locos 34 18 50
10 Keith 34 -14 47
11 Clachnacuddin 34 -24 41
12 Lossiemouth 34 -18 38
13 Nairn County 34 -17 34
14 Huntly 34 -43 34
15 Deveronvale 34 -24 30
16 Rothes 34 -69 26
17 Fort William 34 -92 11
18 Strathspey Thistle 34 -92 9

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