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Team news for Saturday 25th February

Highland League Cup Quarter-Finals

Huntly v Brora Rangers
Huntly bounced back from their mauling at the hands of Cove to gain creditable draws against Clach and Formartine. Kieran Adams is cup tied and Paul Napier is out with a hamstring strain for the visit of Brora. Neil McVitie is still recovering from concussion and Blair Johnston is out with glandular fever.

Brora's title challenge has gained momentum after excellent away victories over Keith and Forres, and they continue their Highland League Cup defence at Christie Park. Joe Malin and Paul Brindle are the only injury absentees for the visitors.

Formartine Utd v Clach
Formartine struck late to grab a point at Huntly in midweek and they take on Clach at North Lodge Park in the League Cup Quarter-Finals. Neil Gauld and Conor Gethins could return to the starting line-up after being on the bench at Christie Park.

Clach will be without John Campbell, Ryan Mackintosh, Michael Finnis, Martin Callum and Macdonald. Stuart Leslie is offshore, but David Mcgurk returns to the squad, while James Ross is ineligible for the cup.

Nairn County v Turriff Utd
Nairn recorded a superb win at Deveronvale on Wednesday night after playing most of extra time with nine men. Wayne Mackintosh, Gregg Main and Jordan Macrae are all suspended for the visit of Turriff, while Paul Macleod is doubtful with a head knock. Gary Kerr, Calum Ednie and Jamie McKay are all available again and return to the squad.

Turriff recorded an excellent victory at Wick in the last round and will look to continue that away form at Station Park. They have doubts over Kevin Main, David Booth, Darren Wood and Chris Herd.

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Postponement news: Saturday 25th February

Today's scheduled Highland League matches between Fort William and Rothes and Wick Academy and Buckie Thistle have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

The Highland League Cup tie between Forres Mechanics and Cove Rangers was also postponed after a pitch inspection this morning.

Deveronvale squad update: five put on transfer list

Deveronvale FC released the following statement today:

"With a very disappointing exit from the Breedon Highland League Cup on Wednesday night, we have seven league games left to complete this season. Those seven games will be used to give game time to the players who have committed to the club for next season and to try to bring in some new faces.

As fans have likely heard, all players were offered new, performance based contracts towards the end of last month and a number of players have indicated that they are not prepared to accept these. The club understands that accepting this change in contractual terms is a significant decision and appreciates the support of the players who have now signed new contracts.

The players who have not signed to date have been placed on the transfer list. These players are: Scott Fraser, Scott Begg, Kevin Souter, Steven Fraser and Matthew Mackie. As Keith FC have already advised, Grant Pennet and Bradley Manson have agreed to join Keith after the expiry of their contracts at the end of June."

Vale v Nairn tie postponed

Today's scheduled Breedon Highland League Cup First Round tie between Deveronvale and Nairn County has been postponed, due to ongoing drainage problems at Princess Royal Park.

The match will now take place on Wednesday 22nd February at 8pm.

Full Time scores and scorers: Wednesday 22nd February

Highland League

Huntly 3-3 Formartine United

Huntly: Gary McGowan (36, 62), Robbie Duncanson (90+3)

Formartine: Garry Wood (49), Graeme Rodger (80, 90+4)

Highland League Cup First Round

Deveronvale 1-2 Nairn County - After Extra Time

Vale: Dane Ballard (73)

Nairn: Dylan Mackenzie (90+2), Gregg Main (100)

Sent off: Wayne Mackintosh (91), Jordan Macrae (93)

Team news for Saturday 18th February

Highland League Cup First Round

Deveronvale v Nairn County
Deveronvale and Nairn try again after last weekend's Highland League Cup tie at Princess Royal Park was postponed. Chris Blackhall, Dan Smith, Scott Fraser and Kevin Adams all miss out for the home side.

Nairn have Jack Maclean available for this cup tie, with his suspension only applying to league matches. Gary Kerr serves a one-match ban, while Paul Macleod should be fit after picking up a knock against Cove last time out.

Highland League

Clach v Huntly

Clach are in decent form as they push for a top-half finish, putting six past Fort William in the cup in midweek. Martin Callum and Matty Grant miss the visit of Huntly through injury and Stuart Leslie is offshore. Ryan Mackintosh is also unavailable, while the club are hopeful of bringing James Ross in on loan in time to feature tomorrow.

Huntly were on the receiving end of champions Cove's devastating return to goalscoring form on Wednesday night, as Co-Managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson suffered their first defeat since taking over in December. The club have confirmed the signing of Kieran Adams on a 2 and a half year contract from Locos and he goes straight into the squad for their trip to Clach. Long term injury victim Martin MacDonald is their only absentee. 

Formartine Utd v Inverurie Locos

Formartine squeezed past Rothes in the cup during the week and they take on Locos in a derby clash at North Lodge Park tomorrow. Striker Neil Gauld will hope to retain his place after netting a double in midweek.

Locos will look to bounce back from their mauling at Brora, but face another tough test at local rivals Formartine. Neil McLean misses out and boss Neil Cooper is waiting on the fitness of one other player before naming his squad.

Cove Rangers v Forres Mechanics
Cove welcome Forres to Harlaw Park and they're in imperious form, having notched up a stunning 24 goals in their last four games. Jonny Smith and Grant Campbell are their only absentees for this one.

Forres face another big test at the free scoring champions after they pushed Brora all the way in midweek. Jordan Wardrope and Kyle Scott remain out for the visitors, while Stuart Knight is doubtful after coming off injured in midweek.

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Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 18th February

Highland League

Clach 1-1 Huntly
Clach: Daniel Maclennan (21)

Huntly: Robbie Duncanson (90+3)

Formartine Utd 2-1 Inverurie Locos
Formartine: Paul Lawson (47 pen), Stuart Smith (70)

Locos: Dean Donaldson (53)

Cove Rangers 3-2 Forres Mechanics
Cove: Mitch Megginson (29, 42), Matthew McDonald (77)

Forres:  Stuart Soane (65, 75)

Matthew McDonald sent off (80)

Fraserburgh 1-1 Wick Academy
Broch: Gary Harris (88 pen)

Wick: Sam Mackay (20 pen)

Keith 1-4 Brora Rangers
Keith: Luke Barbour (22)

Brora: Kyle Macleod (23, 62, 65), Steven Mackay (45)

Lossiemouth 4-1 Strathspey Thistle
Lossie: Scott Miller (64, 70 pen), Martin Charlesworth (74), Tony Ross (85)

Strathspey: James Fraser (72)

Ian Brooks sent off (69)

Turriff Utd 4-0 Fort William

Turriff: David Ross (24, 38, 63), David Booth (36)

Strong thrilled by testimonial turnout

Aberdeen Under-20s ran out 2-1 winners against Buckie in Jags keeper Darren Strong’s testimonial.

Strong gave thanks to everyone who turned out for the game at Victoria Park.

He said: “It was very rewarding to see so many people there. It meant a lot to me.”

Buckie took the lead with a goal from assistant manager Lewis Mackinnon.

However, the Dons quickly restored parity courtesy of a ferocious shot from Scott Wright and the striker hit the winning goal just before the break.

Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer UK, Clic Sargent and The Archie Foundation will all receive half of the proceeds from the match and the entire testimonial season.

Strong added: “It all came together well. The game was good and I made a couple of saves.

“We wore special pink strips mentioning the four charities and I would like to thank Kris Hunter and Paul D’Arcy at Soccer World for their help with that.”

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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
18 Strathspey Thistle 34 -92 9

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