- Created: Saturday, 28 July 2018 10:38
- Published: Saturday, 28 July 2018 10:38
- Written by Stephen Shand
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.
League Cup Group C
Cove Rangers v Rovers
Cove complete their League Cup fixtures against League One 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.
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.
start the season against Lossiemouth at Princess Royal Park after the game was switched from Grant Park. Long term absentees Grant , 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.
Utd v Nairn County
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 to champions Cove.
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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 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 Utd
Huntly face at Christie Park and both clubs will aim to improve on their bottom half finishes last term. The likes of David Booth and Ryan are likely to feature after they returned to the club in the summer.
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.
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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 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.