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Transfer news: Rothes continue recruitment drive

Rothes have snapped up former Lossie striker Scott Dunn after he returned from a spell playing in Australia. 

The 23-year-old forward has signed a two-year deal and becomes manager Steven MacDonald’s fourth experienced signing of the close season as he continues his rebuilding job at MacKessack Park.

"He gives me a different option in that he’s good in the air but he’s also quick for a big boy," said MacDonald. He turned down several other Highland League clubs to come to us."

Dunn joins Kris Duncan, Paul Macleod and Steven Fraser as major signings lured to the club since the end of the season.

Elsewhere, Brora Rangers forward Kyle Macleod has signed a two-year deal with the club and Formartine United have snapped up hitman Sam Muirhead from junior side Newburgh Thistle. 

Buckie bosses are staying put

Buckie Thistle’s management team have agreed new contracts.

Graeme Stewart, Lewis Mackinnon, Stephen Bruce, Andy Low and Darren Strong have all penned four-year deals.

Thistle recently won the Highland League title and have moved quickly to secure their management team on long-term contracts.

Manager Stewart said: “We are all delighted with our new deals and like most of the current squad we will all be together for the next four seasons.

“We are all young and hungry for more success and are currently working hard to strengthen the squad again for next season.”

Meanwhile, Rothes have signed Kris Duncan from Keith and Paul Macleod from Nairn.

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 6th May

SPFL Pyramid Play-Off Second Leg  

East Kilbride 2-1 Buckie Thistle   

East Kilbride: Sean Winter (8), Joao Victoria (23) 

Buckie: David Proctor (og 32) 

Drew Copeland sent off (45+1), Chris Angus sent off (85) 

North of Scotland Cup Semi-Finals 

Brora Rangers 4-1 Forres 

Brora: Kyle Macleod (15, 33, 50), Steven Mackay (67) 

Forres: Charlie Brown (57) 

Rothes 1-2 Fort William 

Rothes: Jack Maley (pen 52) 

Fort: Scott Davidson (10), Adam Porritt (90) 

Two assistant managers step down

Grant Munro has resigned as assistant manager at Rothes due to work and family commitments.

Meanwhile, Rab Simpson has stepped down as assistant boss at Strathspey Thistle.

Match previews: Saturday 6th May

Highland League champions Buckie Thistle make the trip south for the SPFL Pyramid play-off second leg against East Kilbride, after the Lowland League title winners fought back from two goals down to claim a draw in a feisty affair at Victoria Park last weekend.

Russell McLean could start for the home side after coming off the bench to grab a late leveller in the first leg, while Buckie are likely to remain without Craig Dorrat, Andrew Skinner and Craig Cowie.

The Semi-Finals of the North of Scotland Cup see Rothes take on Fort William at Mackessack Park and the Moray men will be without the suspended Stephen Rennie. Fort are aiming to lift the cup for the first time in their history, while Rothes' last success came back in season 78/79.

Forres Mechanics travel to face Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park and boss Charlie Rowley will hope to have the likes of John Cameron, Simon Allan and Alan Pollock available again after they missed the win at Halkirk United. Brora striker Paul Brindle could return from injury as they look to regain a trophy they've won twice in the last three seasons.

Buckie and East Kilbride are ready for round 2

Buckie and East Kilbride are ready to do it all again after a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their promotion playoff at Victoria Park.

The two teams meet in the second leg on Saturday at K-Park.

The winners of the tie will play the team that finishes bottom of League 2 for the right to play in that division next season.

After the first leg, the managers of both teams gave their thoughts. Listen to those interviews below.

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart

 

East Kilbride manager Martin Lauchlan

 

Grant leaves Strathspey

Strathspey manager Brian Grant has stepped down from his position.

Grant's resignation follows that of assistant boss Rab Simpson, who quit his role last week.

Grant claims that both he and Simpson lost the backing of the club's chairman, Donly McLeod.

Grant said: "Although the majority of the committee voted for us to stay, we didn't get the backing of the chairman.

"If we all can't stick together, then something has to give.

"I wish the club all the best. I am disappointed that I have had to take this route."

Strathspey finished bottom of the Highland League last season, two places worse off than they managed in the previous term.

Toonsers Vs Teucheters Charity Game

Highland League legends will pull on the boots again at the home of Formartine, this Sunday, in the “Toonsers vs Teuchters” charity game in aid of Maggies Cancer Centre. 

Ex-stars from various clubs from the HFL will be in action, some for the first time in a while. 

Old rivalries will be resumed, however the day is centred around helping raise money and awareness for Maggies Care Centre. 

Maggies is a care and support centre for cancer sufferers and their families based in Aberdeen. 

The support they offer is both unique and hugely valuable to those who are both directly and indirectly affected by cancer. 

The game will feature the likes of Mark Perry, Darren Still, Jerry O’Driscoll, Barry Thompson, Billy Gordon and Derek Milne. 

Also there will be some more recognised faces from the past HFL season with managers Kris Hunter, Allan Hale and Mark Cowie. 

Current playing talent such as Roy McBain, Russell McBride and Ryan Christie will be making an appearance. 

Kick-off is at 1.30pm on Sunday 30th April, at North Lodge Park, Pitmedden.

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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
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10 Keith 34 -14 47
11 Clachnacuddin 34 -24 41
12 Lossiemouth 34 -18 38
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14 Huntly 34 -43 34
15 Deveronvale 34 -24 30
16 Rothes 34 -69 26
17 Fort William 34 -92 11
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