- Created: Saturday, 27 January 2018 20:17
- Published: Saturday, 27 January 2018 20:17
- Written by Stephen Shand
Today's Highland League match between Fort William and Buckie Thistle has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
There is also a pitch inspection planned for 10:30am at The Haughs before the Aberdeenshire Shield Semi Final between Cove and Turriff.
Highland League Cup Preliminary Round
Brora Rangers v Inverurie Locos
Brora take on Inverurie Locos at Dudgeon Park in a repeat of last season's one-sided First Round clash. Forward Aidan Wilson could be involved after he joined the club on loan from Caley Thistle until the end of the season. Goalkeeper Daniel Hoban has also rejoined the Cattachs on loan.
Locos travel without Joe McCabe, who is suspended, and the injured Daniel Crisp.
Wick Academy v Nairn County
Wick face Nairn at Harmsworth Park and they'll be without the injured Alan Farquhar, Davie Allan, Gordon McNab and Jack Henry. The winners of this tie face Lossiemouth at home in the First Round.
Gregg Main and Callum Ednie remain out injured for the visitors, but Ewan Urquhart is fit again and returns to the squad. Danny Highet could make his debut after signing from Fort William on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Aberdeenshire Shield Semi-Final
Cove Rangers v Turriff Utd
Cove will look to reach the final and end their Aberdeenshire Shield hoodoo against Turriff, having lost to today's opponents four years in a row from 2012 to 2015.
Graeme Roy faces a tough opening game in charge against the league leaders at The Haughs. Turriff are looking to go one better than last season, when they lost to Banks o Dee in the semi-final.
Deveronvale v Huntly
Deveronvale will be looking to bounce back from their crushing defeat to Banks o Dee in midweek when Huntly visit Princess Royal Park. Chris Blackhall is the only absentee for the home side.
Alex Thoirs misses out through suspension for Huntly, but Martin Charlesworth could be available after recovering from injury. Calvin Roddie remains on the transfer list, while defender Clark Robertson has been released from his contract.
MM Aberdeenshire Shield Semi Final
Banks o Dee 7-0 Deveronvale
Dee: Jamie Watt (9 pen, 16, 47 pen, 55), Ryan Hall (60, 68), Michael Taylor (77)
The following fixtures scheduled for Friday 19th and Saturday 20th January have been postponed:
Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Formartine Utd v Cove Rangers
Fraserburgh v Rangers
Buckie Th v Strathspey Th
Clach v Huntly
Deveronvale v Fort William
Forres Mechanics v Inverurie Locos
Keith v Nairn County
Rothes v Wick Academy
The Formartine Utd v Cove Rangers cup tie will now be played on Wednesday 31st January at 8pm, while Fraserburgh v Rangers will kick off at 7:45pm on the same night.
The draw for the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup has been made and Brora Rangers have been rewarded for their excellent win at East Fife with a trip to Premiership side Kilmarnock.
The winners of Formartine versus Cove Rangers will be at home to Championship opposition in Livingston or Falkirk, while Fraserburgh face a trip to Ayr Utd if they can overcome Rangers.
Scottish Cup Fifth Round draw involving HFL clubs:
Formartine Utd or Cove Rangers v Falkirk
Kilmarnock v Brora Rangers
Ayr Utd v Fraserburgh or Rangers
Ties to be played on the weekend of February 10th and 11th.
Fort William 1-9 Forres Mechanics
Fort: Kevin Ferguson (60)
Forres: Alan Pollock (5 pen), Lee Fraser (10, 35, 37, 85), Robbie Duncanson (28), Graham Fraser (68), Ryan Stuart (70), Lewis Campbell OG (77)
Huntly 1-2 Buckie Thistle
Buckie: Andrew MacAskill (5), Sam Robertson (51)
Cieran McLean sent off (40)
Huntly: Paul Napier (60)
Reece McKeown sent off (85)
Inverurie Locos 2-2 Fraserburgh
Locos: Stuart Duff (42), Connor Rennie (90)
Joe McCabe sent off (50)
Broch: Paul Campbell (40 pen), Jamie Beagrie (71)
Lossiemouth 0-6 Formartine United
Formartine: Conor Gethins (20), Archie Macphee (28), Craig McKeown (30), Garry Wood (50), Scott Barbour (65), Graeme Rodger (80)
Turriff United 0-4 Cove Rangers
Cove: Jamie Masson (5), Mitch Megginson (30), Paul McManus (40), Ryan Strachan (90)
Wick Academy 2-0 Keith
Wick: Sam Mackay (25), Richard Macadie (67 pen)
Scottish Cup Fourth Round
East Fife 0-1 Brora Rangers
Brora: Colin Williamson (12)
The following Highland League fixtures have been postponed due to frozen pitches:
Clach v Brora Rangers
Nairn County v Rothes
Strathspey Th v Deveronvale
Team news for the remaining fixtures:
Fort William v Forres Mechanics
Fort William's home clash with Forres goes ahead after an early morning pitch inspection at Claggan Park.
Graeme Grant is suspended for the visitors, while Simon Allan (hamstring) and Garry Tweedy (ankle) are both out injured.
Huntly v Buckie Thistle
Huntly and Buckie meet at Christie Park with only one point and two places between them in the league table. Gary McGowan, Alex Thoirs and Blair Johnston are all suspended, but Cammy Booth is fit and set to make his home debut. Martin Charlesworth is making good progress but isn't quite ready to return.
Buckie are still without six players with long term injuries, Sam Urquhart, Kevin Fraser, John McLeod, Sean Wood, Craig Cowie and Hamish Munro. Daniel Bell and Jay Cheyne are suspended and Craig Dorrat is also unavailable through injury.
Inverurie Locos v Fraserburgh
Match of the day is at Harlaw Park where third placed Locos take on second placed Fraserburgh. Locos boss Neil Cooper has a full squad available as they look to bounce back quickly from a disappointing defeat to juniors Banks o' Dee in midweek.
The Broch also have a full squad to choose from, striker Paul Campbell is pushing for a starting place after scoring four from the bench against Fort William last weekend.