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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 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: 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)

Team news for Saturday 25th March

Highland League

Brora Rangers v Formartine Utd

Match of the day is at Dudgeon Park where surely only a win will keep either Brora or Formartine in the title race. Paul Brindle is the only injury absentee for the home side.

Formartine are unbeaten in eleven league matches and have kept five clean sheets in a row, a win for the visitors would close the gap on their opponents to five points with three games in hand.

Deveronvale v Forres Mechanics
Liam Forbes returns to the Deveronvale squad for the visit of Forres to Princess Royal Park. Dan Smith, Graeme Watt, Zander Jack and Scott Fraser are all unavailable.

Callum Howarth  misses out for Forres with an ankle ligament problem, while Alan Pollock, Owen Paterson and Connor MacIver are all unavailable. Scott Moore returns from suspension. Meanwhile, the club announced today that midfielder Aaron McLean has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Lossiemouth in the summer.

Fort William v Rothes
Fort William quartet Ally Stark, Adam Porritt, Barna Tot and Michael Ellis return to the squad for their clash with Rothes at Claggan Park. Goalkeeper Douglas MacLennan suffered an injury in training and will miss the rest of the season.

Rothes pushed champions Cove all the way last weekend and they will still be without the suspended Ryan Macritchie tomorrow. Ben Cullen is away to America with the RAF until May, but Ian Macrae is fully fit again and returns to the squad.

Huntly v Buckie Thistle
Huntly face title chasing Buckie at Christie Park and they have Kieran Adams available again after serving his three-game ban. Martin MacDonald remains out long term.

The Jags remain at the top of the table after two good wins over Wick Academy. Andrew Skinner, Kai Ross and Sean Carroll are all out injured for the visitors.

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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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Full Time scores and scorers: Wed 22nd March

Highland League

Clach 0-2 Formartine Utd  

Formartine: Stuart Anderson (6), Neil Gauld (80) 

Forres Mechanics 7-1 Nairn County 

Forres: Craig McGovern (5), Stuart Soane (37, 61), Andrew Macrae (42), Lee Fraser(44, 45+1, 78) 

Nairn: Gary Kerr (31)

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)

Postponement news: Wednesday 22nd March

Tonight's scheduled Highland League match between Wick Academy and Strathspey Thistle has been postponed after Harmsworth Park failed a pitch inspection this morning. 

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Latest Results

20-05-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Final
Fort William 1 : 4 Brora Rangers
06-05-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Semi-Finals
Rothes 1 : 2 Fort William
Brora Rangers 4 : 1 Forres Mechanics
06-05-2017 15:00 - SPFL Pyramid Playoffs Second Leg
East Kilbride 2 : 1 Buckie Thistle
29-04-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Quarter-Finals
Nairn County 1 : 3 Brora Rangers
Halkirk United 0 : 3 Forres Mechanics
Golspie Sutherland 0 : 3 Rothes
Fort William 3 : 0 Invergordon
29-04-2017 15:00 - SPFL Pyramid Playoffs First Leg
Buckie Thistle 2 : 2 East Kilbride
22-04-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup First Round
Forres Mechanics 2 : 1 Clachnacuddin
22-04-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 38
Cove Rangers 5 : 0 Lossiemouth
Fraserburgh 2 : 0 Huntly
Rothes 0 : 2 Nairn County
Wick Academy 2 : 2 Formartine United
Buckie Thistle 9 : 0 Strathspey Thistle

Press and Journal Highland League 2016-17

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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