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Postponement and team news: Saturday 28th July

Today's Highland League match between Keith and Forres Mechanics has been postponed as a mark of respect, following the passing of Keith Honorary President and former Chairman Sandy Stables. 

 

Team news 

 

Betfred League Cup Group C 

 

Cove Rangers v Raith Rovers  

Cove complete their League Cup fixtures against League One Raith at Balmoral Stadium. A win for the Aberdeen men would see them finish above their opponents in the group table.  

 

The club signed striker Jordan Macrae from Nairn County this week, with fellow front man Jonny Smith leaving for Inverurie Locos.  

 

Highland League 

 

Brora Rangers v Wick Academy  

A cracking start to the season as Brora host Wick in the north derby. The home side are without Mark Nicholson who is suspended and the injured Gavin Morrison and James Pickles. Goalkeeper Joe Malin and John Pickles miss out through work commitments.  
 
The visitors have Michael Steven out suspended and Andrew Hardwick unavailable due to work commitments. The rest of the Academy squad is fit and ready to go. 

 

Buckie Thistle v Inverurie Locos  

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart will hope for better luck with injuries this season as they begin their campaign at home to Locos. Andrew Skinner is out suspended and goalkeeper Darren Strong is on holiday, Sam Urquhart, John McLeod, Craig Cowie, Shaun Wood, Drew Copeland and Hamish Munro all remain out injured, while Shaun Carroll is on his honeymoon.  

 

Inverurie finished last season very strongly and they'll hope to take that form into this campaign. Stuart Duff and Joe McCabe are both out through suspension, Andy Hunter is injured and defender Chris Herd unavailable. Jonny Smith could feature for the visitors after joining from Cove this week.  

 

Deveronvale v Lossiemouth  

Deveronvale start the season against Lossiemouth at Princess Royal Park after the game was switched from Grant Park. Long term absentees Grant Pennet, Liam Forbes, Steven Davidson and Dan Smith remain out, but the rest of the squad are fit. Vale could hand debuts to new signings Robbie Allan, Blair Maclennan and Sam Robertson.  

 

Ross Archibald and Aaron Hamilton will have late fitness tests for Lossie, while Scott Campbell and Niall Kennedy are both suspended. Stewart Black is also out through injury, so new boss Joe Russell could give debuts to some youth players who have worked really hard and impressed during pre-season.  

 

Formartine Utd v Nairn County  

Formartine kick off against Nairn at North Lodge Park and they'll be looking to make a strong challenge for the league title this season, with signings such as Ryan Stott from Cove and Gary Fraser from Montrose. Scott Henry is out with a long-term injury, Wayne Mackintosh has a groin problem and Jevan Anderson is suspended.  

 

Nairn travel without the unavailable Kenny McKenzie and Ryan McDonald, and have a big hole to fill in their attack after the departure of Jordan MacRae to champions Cove.  

 

Fraserburgh v Strathspey Th  

Fraserburgh take on Strathspey in their season opener and will hope the return of Scott Barbour to add to an already potent attack could spark a sustained challenge for the league title. Lewis Davidson is the only absentee through injury for the Broch.  

 

Ross Naismith and Richard Finnis are both out injured for the Grantown Jags, while striker Dominic Edwards is on holiday. A number of new signings are in the squad and could make their debuts, including Forres legend Graeme Grant.   

 

Huntly v Turriff Utd  

Huntly face Turriff at Christie Park and both clubs will aim to improve on their bottom half finishes last term. The likes of David Booth and Ryan McRitchie are likely to feature after they returned to the club in the summer. 

 

Turriff boss Kris Hunter has a fully fit squad to pick from and could hand debuts to new signings Fraser Hobday, Stuart Taylor, Keir Smith and Mike Ewen.  

 

Keith P-P Forres Mechanics  

 

Rothes v Fort William  

Rothes start their season at home to Fort William and have made some excellent signings, including Jamie Duff, Martin MacDonald and Scott Graham. The home side will be without Gary Kerr, Craig Cormack, Dale Gillespie, Jack Maley, Kris Duncan and other new boy Steven Anderson.  

Fort travel with new manager Kris Anderson at the helm for the first time. They have a couple of injury doubts for this one, but could hand debuts to new signings Michael Corbett and Kevin MacKinnon. 

 

Highland League fixtures released

The Highland League fixture list for season 2018/19 has been released. Opening day fixtures on Saturday 28th July are as follows:

Brora Rangers v Wick Academy

Buckie Thistle v Inverurie Locos

Cove Rangers v Clachnacuddin

Formartine United v Nairn County

Fraserburgh v Strathspey Thistle

Huntly v Turriff United

Keith v Forres Mechanics

Lossiemouth v Deveronvale

Rothes v Fort William

Full Time: Cove suffer play-off heartbreak

SPFL Play-off Final Second Leg

Cowdenbeath 3-2 Cove Rangers 

Cowdenbeath: Harvey Swann (6 pen, 50), Brad Smith (70) 

Cove: Mitch Megginson (9, 22)

Cove to face play-off rivals in Betfred Cup

Cove Rangers have been drawn against Hearts, Inverness Caley Thistle, Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath in Group C of the North Section of the Betfred Cup.

Fixtures will be released week commencing 4th June. 

Full time scores: Saturday 5th May

SPFL Pyramid Play-off Final First Leg

Cove Rangers 0-0 Cowdenbeath

Highland League

Turriff Utd 0-2 Brora Rangers

Brora: Kyle Maclean (10), own goal (90)

Fixtures

Recent Results

20-10-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 12
Fort William 1 : 7 Inverurie Locos
Keith 2 : 1 Nairn County
Forres Mechanics 7 : 2 Buckie Thistle
20-10-2018 15:00 - Scottish Cup Second Round
Rothes 0 : 1 Annan Athletic
Deveronvale 1 : 2 Stirling University
Albion Rovers 0 : 2 Formartine United
Brora Rangers 6 : 0 Coldstream FC
Cove Rangers 1 : 1 Auchinleck Talbot
Edusport Academy 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
13-10-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 11
Fraserburgh 2 : 1 Buckie Thistle
Clachnacuddin 1 : 3 Huntly
Keith 0 : 4 Brora Rangers
Cove Rangers 4 : 0 Lossiemouth
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 0 Nairn County
Formartine United 3 : 3 Rothes
Wick Academy 6 : 2 Inverurie Locos
Forres Mechanics 2 : 1 Turriff United
Fort William 0 : 8 Deveronvale

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