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Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 1st April

Highland League 

Buckie Thistle 6-0 Keith 

Buckie: Chris Angus (29), John Macleod (52, 82), Sam Urquhart (69), Kevin Fraser (80), Lewis Mackinnon (90) 


Cove Rangers 0-0 Turriff Utd 

Deveronvale 5-1 Clach 

Vale: James McLaren (4, 15, 32), Paul Sutherland (72), Robert Scott (78)  

Clach: Liam Shewan (65) 

Forres Mechanics 4-2 Lossiemouth 

Forres: Graham Fraser (14, 45, 50), Alan Pollock (17) 

Lossie: Martin Charlesworth (22), Graeme Grant (30 og) 

Fort William 1-4 Inverurie Locos 

Fort: Scott Davidson (35) 

Locos: Andy Hunter (26, 62, 68, 78) 

Fraserburgh 0-1 Formartine Utd 


Formartine: Jamie Masson (20) 

Nairn County 2-1 Huntly 

Nairn: Gary Kerr (4), Wayne Mackintosh (56)  

Huntly: Glenn Murison (52) 

Wick Academy 1-1 Rothes  

Wick: James Pickles (67) 

Rothes: Gordon McNab (29)  

North of Scotland Cup First Round 

Tain St Duthus 0-9 Brora Rangers  

Brora: Kyle Macleod (26), Steven Ross (52, 56, 89), Andrew Greig (54, 62), Scott Graham (72), John Skinner (77 og), Zander Sutherland (87)

Team news for matches on Saturday 1st April

Highland League

Buckie Thistle v Keith

Buckie will need to return to winning ways against Keith tomorrow to get their title challenge back on track. Kai Ross won't feature as he's on loan to Buckie Rovers, while Craig Dorrat and Andrew Skinner are both out injured.

Keith were hit for six against Fraserburgh a fortnight ago, new signing Ross Anderson could feature after signing for the club in a three-year deal during the week.

Cove Rangers v Turriff Utd
Cove are now in pole position at the top and four wins from their last four games will see them retain their title. Johnny Smith and Dean Lawrie are their only absentees for the visit of Turriff to Harlaw Park.

Turriff will be without David Ross due to work commitments, while Chris Herd and Cammy Bowden are both doubtful and will have late fitness tests.

Deveronvale v Clach
Steven Davidson is suspended and misses the visit of Clach to Princess Royal Park. New signings Kyle Gauld and Robert Scott could be involved after joining the club from Buckie this week.

Clach played well in defeat to Cove in midweek and they remain without Martin Callum, Ian Penwright, Colin Maclean, Ryan Macdonald, Paul Smith, Stuart Leslie and John Campbell for the trip to Banff. Blair Lawrie and Ross MacKillop return to the squad.

Forres Mechanics v Lossiemouth
Forres are on a superb run of form and will hope to continue that at home to Lossiemouth. Martin Groat misses out through suspension and goalkeeper Stuart Knight is away to Sweden with work. Alan Pollock returns to the squad.

Lossie have only 13 first team players available for various reasons, so have called in three youngsters from their under-20 and under-17 squads.

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Cowie, Gauld and Scott among Highland League players on move

There has been a flurry of transfer activity in the Highland League this week, including Craig Cowie moving to Buckie from Deveronvale on a three-year deal.

The midfielder has been on-loan at Victoria Park for part of this season.

Heading in the opposite direction are Kyle Gauld and Robert Scott.

Elsewhere, Keith have signed Ross Anderson from Inverurie Locos on a three-year deal.

Rothes have secured the services of Cameron Lisle on-loan from Brora for the rest of the season.

Scott Maclean has moved to the Speysiders from Clach on a one-year deal.

Scott Davidson has left Mackessack Park and decided to play for junior team Islavale.

Meanwhile, having turned 40 last week, Huntly forward Dennis Wyness isn’t planning on hanging up his boots just yet. 

After finalising a one-year contract extension, the former Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hearts forward is pleased to extend his stay at Christie Park until 2018.

He said: “I’ve signed another year and next season could possibly be my last. You take it season by season as you get to this age.”

Lastly, Scott Miller will move to Turriff United when his deal with Lossiemouth expires in the summer.

Full Time scores and scorers: Wednesday 29th March

Cove Rangers 3-2 Clach 

Cove: Blair Yule (45+1, 52), Connor Scully (47) 

Clach: James Beeston (20), Fraser Robertson (23) 

Formartine Utd 3-2 Turriff Utd 

Formartine: Jamie Masson (9, 26), Neil Gauld (83) 

Turriff: Lewis Davidson (17), Cammy Bowden (47) 

Wick Academy 3-0 Strathspey Thistle 

Wick: Steven Anderson (49, 90+2), Andrew Hardwick (62)

North of Scotland fixture times confirmed

The first round ties of this season's Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup will be played on the following dates:

Saturday 1st April: Tain St Duthus v Brora Rangers (3pm)

Saturday 8th April: Fort William v Lossiemouth (3pm)

Saturday 8th April: Strathspey Thistle v Nairn (3pm)

Wednesday 19th April: Rothes v Wick Academy (8pm)

Saturday 22nd April: Forres Mechancis V Clachnacuddin (3pm)

Audio Interviews: Cooper and Cowie

Fraserburgh thrashed Inverurie Locos 5-1 thanks in part to a double from Scott Henry.

After the match, reporter John Innes spoke to managers from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Fraserburgh boss Mark Cowie


Locos manager Neil Cooper


Reporter Andrew Raffan's match verdict can be read below:

Fraserburgh seized the initiative in a scrappy opening to the game, following up a previously threatening corner with a perfect delivery from Garry Harris to the back post. Rising above the surrounding defenders, Scott Henry aimed his header into the ground with the ball bouncing into the roof of the net having evaded a crowded goal- line.

The opportunity for an instant replay fell to Jordan Leyden as he stood over a free-kick on the edge of the box, but his tame swerving effort was comfortably saved by Peter Tait.

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Audio Inverviews: Cove, Clach, Formartine, Turriff

Cove fought back from 2-0 down to beat Clach 3-2 and go top of the Highland League for the first time this season.

After the game, reporter John Innes spoke to managers from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Cove boss John Sheran


Clach manager Iain Polworth


There was another five-goal thriller at North Lodge Park as Formartine beat Turriff 3-2.

After the game, reporter Lewis Gordon was on hand to conduct interviews with representatives from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Formartine coach Jerry O'Driscoll


Turriff manager Ross Jack


Formartine forward Jamie Masson


Full time scores and scorers: Saturday 25th March

Highland League

Brora Rangers 5-0 Formartine United

Brora: Kyle Macleod (2, 7, 52), Scott Graham (25), Zander Sutherland (32)

Deveronvale 0-2 Forres Mechanics

Forres: Lee Fraser (8), Simon Allan (49 pen)

Fort William 3-5 Rothes

Fort: Scott Davidson (2, 25), Jack Lingard (54)

Rothes: Grant Munro (40, 68), Keir Smith (52, 81), Kelvin Main (79)

Huntly 1-0 Buckie Thistle

Huntly: Ross Still (90+1)

Inverurie Locos 1-5 Fraserburgh

Locos: Colin Charlesworth (20)

Fraserburgh: Scott Henry (12, 44), Jamie Beagrie (55), Gary Harris (56 pen), Ryan Cowie (79)

Strathspey Thistle 0-2 Turriff United

Turriff: Neale Davidson (64), Ally Mackenzie (80)

Wick Academy 2-3 Cove Rangers

Wick: Danny Mackay (28), Marc MacGregor (44)

Cove: Eric Watson (27), Paul McManus (46 pen), Blair Yule (86)

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Rank Teams Played GD Points
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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