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North of Scotland Cup quarters confirmed

The second round of the Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup will be played on Saturday 29th April with all matches kicking off at 3pm.

The revised draw is as follows:

Halkirk v Forres

Fort William v Invergordon

Golspie Sutherland v Rothes

Nairn County v Brora Rangers

The semi-finals will be:

Brora/Nairn v Halkirk/Forres

Golspie/Rothes  v Fort William/Invergordon

Stewart believes Buckie squad can go on to win more titles

Buckie thrashed Strathspey 9-0 to win the Highland League title.

Chris Angus scored four times, John McLeod hit a hat-trick, while there were goals for Kevin Fraser and Stuart Taylor.

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart believes this could be the first title of many for his squad.

He said: “My remit at the beginning of the season was to get in the top four. We have probably over-achieved to some degree. But after a few games I could tell that the team was pretty special.

“I think we have won in style. A lot of the neutrals like us because we score goals and are entertaining. It was 9-0, but it could have been 12 or 15. We had a lot of chances. We are a nice team to watch.

“I said at half-time, don’t let it peter out because I wanted 10. We got nine and will take that.

“I said to the players before the game, I think this team can go on to win many titles, if they stick to their beliefs – they don’t take their foot off the gas, they are not happy with their lot and they go and get it again.

“All we have done is won one. We have got to win the next one.”

Buckie now face Lowland League winners East Kilbride in the first stage of the League Two promotion playoffs.

The first leg is at Victoria Park on Saturday. The return is in East Kilbride seven days later.

Stewart said: “I’ve not even thought about it. People have asked me and I’ve told them to forget about it. On Monday I’ll have a look at it. I am looking forward to it. It’s a challenge and that’s why we are in football. We will be going out to win.”

The winners of the Highland/Lowland play-off will play the bottom side from League Two over two legs on May 13 and 20.

Full-time scores and scorers: Saturday 22nd April

Press & Journal Highland League

Buckie Thistle 9-0 Strathspey Thistle

Chris Angus (10, 13, 19, 75), Kevin Fraser (15), John McLeod (37, 54, 62), Stuart Taylor (73)

Cove Rangers 5-0 Lossiemouth

Mitch Megginson (7, 18, 82), Blair Yule (20, 50)

Fraserburgh 2-0 Huntly

Jamie Beagrie (13), Paul Campbell (84)

Rothes 0-2 Nairn County

Dylan Mackenzie (53), Gary Kerr (60)

Wick Academy 2-2 Formartine United

Wick: Gary Weir (35 pen), Sam Mackay (41)

Formartine: Scott Ferries (8), Liam Burnett (38)

Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup First Round

Forres Mechanics 2-1 Clachnacuddin

Forres: Stuart Soane (42), Owen Paterson (90)

Clach: Liam Shewan (7)

Full Time scores and scorers: Wednesday 19th April

Highland League  

Forres Mechanics 0-0 Formartine Utd 

North of Scotland Cup First Round 

Rothes 2-0 Wick Academy 

Rothes: Gordon McNab (45), Jack Maley (71 pen) 

Team news for matches on Saturday 22nd April

Highland League

Buckie Thistle v Strathspey Thistle

Buckie take on Strathspey at Victoria Park, knowing that a win will surely clinch the Highland League title, unless Cove can produce an unlikely 12-goal swing on the final day. The Jags will hope to have Sam Urquhart back in their squad after he missed the draw at Formartine.

The Grantown Jags need a win to leapfrog Fort William and avoid finishing bottom of the Highland League table.

Cove Rangers v Lossiemouth

Cove boss John Sheran has a full squad to choose from for the visit of Lossiemouth, apart from the unavailable Eric Watson. A win for the Aberdeen side is a must to have any chance of winning the title.

Lossie have Aaron Hamilton unavailable, but Tony Ross and Nathan Smith return to the squad. The visitors can finish in 11th place with a win tomorrow.

Fraserburgh v Huntly

Broch will look to bounce back from defeats to Clach and Buckie when they finish their season against Huntly at Bellslea.

Huntly have a fully fit squad with the exception of Ross Still, who is suspended, and long term injury victim Martin MacDonald. The Christie Park men need a point to ensure a 13th place finish.

Rothes v Nairn County
Rothes had an excellent win over North of Scotland Cup holders Wick in midweek, but they are still without Keir Smith for the visit of Nairn. Struan MacArthur could be involved and Scott Maclean returns to the squad.

Gregg Main, Jamie McKay and Paul McLeod are out injured for Nairn and Dylan McLean is unavailable. Jack Mclean is also doubtful and will face a late fitness test. County could finish in 13th if they win and Huntly lose at Fraserburgh.

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Buckie sweat over possible point deduction that could wreck title hopes

Buckie are set to learn on Thursday whether a potential breaking of rules will lead to a point deduction that could scupper their title hopes.

A meeting of the league management committee has been called to discuss whether Thistle were wrong to list Callum Murray as a substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Formartine.

Murray, an unused sub at North Lodge Park, was recalled from a loan at Deveronvale last week.

Rules apparently state that any player who moves after March is not eligible to play.

The Jags could be fined £500 and docked three points if found guilty.

Buckie president Garry Farquhar claims they have done everything “above board” and sought advice from Highland League secretary Rod Houston.

Thistle are favourites to win the title on Saturday - should they remain on the same points tally. They play bottom club Strathspey in their final game and a win would see them leapfrog Brora into first place.

No points deduction for Buckie Thistle or Formartine

Buckie Thistle have been given the all clear at a Highland League management committee meeting tonight, no action will be taken against them or Formartine United after they allegedly named ineligible players in their squads on Saturday.

The Jags can now clinch the championship with a win over Strathspey Thistle at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Stewart knows one more win seals title for Buckie

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart admits one more win for his side should see them crowned champions.

Brora are currently top of the Highland League, but have played all of their fixtures this season.

Buckie are two points back and know victory over Strathspey in their final game next Saturday, will see them jump into first.

Cove are level on points with the Jags and also have one match to play - against Lossiemouth next weekend.

But Buckie have a far superior goal difference to their rivals.

If Thistle and Cove finish level on points, the Victoria Park men will take the title.

Stewart said: "We’ve got to win next week. I think any win for us next week wins it – I would agree with that.

"The boys next week will be nervous. There will be a big crowd. They [Strathspey] have nothing to lose. So there is no hand on it until there is a hand on it."

Stewart was speaking after seeing his side draw 0-0 at Formartine. To listen to the full interview, click on the file below.

 

To listen to Formartine coach Jerry O'Driscoll's post-match interview, click on the file below.

 

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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
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