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Midfielder Beeston goes in goal for Clach

Clachnacuddin were up against it before Saturday’s Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup quarter-final against Formartine at North Lodge Park.

With 19-year-old former Inverness Caley Thistle goalkeeper Aidan MacDonald being taken ill on the team bus arriving at the ground and having to be taken to hospital (later released and allowed to return home), manager Ian Polworth was without an available custodian, with John Campbell unavailable.

Step up to the plate 19-year-old midfielder James Beeston, who was given the No 1 shirt for the day.

See below for an interview with James, as well as Clach boss Polworth and Formartine manager Kris Hunter.

United won 2-1, thanks to a penalty from Neil Gauld and goal from Scott Barbour.

Kris Hunter

 

Iain Polworth

 

James Beeston

 

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 25th February

Highland League Cup Quarter-Finals

Huntly 2-3 Brora Rangers
Huntly: Gary McGowan (8), Colin Williamson (og 16)

Brora: Kyle Macleod (36 pen), Scott Graham (40), Zander Sutherland (90+1)

Gavin Morrison sent off (67)

Neil McVitie sent off (90+2)

Formartine Utd 2-1 Clach
Formartine: Neil Gauld (50 pen), Scott Barbour (80)

Clach: Liam Shewan (88)

Jamie Wilson sent off (62)

Nairn County 1-3 Turriff Utd

Nairn: Glenn Main (80)

Turriff: Robbie Allan (8), David Ross (36), David Booth (49)

Highland League

Strathspey Thistle 0-7 Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh: Paul Campbell (12 pen, 16, 50), Michael Rae (13, 52), Willie West (70), Cammy Buchan (80)

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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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)

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.

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)

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.

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5 Fraserburgh 34 29 63
6 Forres Mechanics 34 21 58
7 Turriff United 34 14 58
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