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Stewart knows one more win seals title for Buckie

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart admits one more win for his side should see them crowned champions.

Brora are currently top of the Highland League, but have played all of their fixtures this season.

Buckie are two points back and know victory over Strathspey in their final game next Saturday, will see them jump into first.

Cove are level on points with the Jags and also have one match to play - against Lossiemouth next weekend.

But Buckie have a far superior goal difference to their rivals.

If Thistle and Cove finish level on points, the Victoria Park men will take the title.

Stewart said: "We’ve got to win next week. I think any win for us next week wins it – I would agree with that.

"The boys next week will be nervous. There will be a big crowd. They [Strathspey] have nothing to lose. So there is no hand on it until there is a hand on it."

Stewart was speaking after seeing his side draw 0-0 at Formartine. To listen to the full interview, click on the file below.

 

To listen to Formartine coach Jerry O'Driscoll's post-match interview, click on the file below.

 

Full-time scores and scorers: Saturday 15th April

Press & Journal Highland League

Clachnacuddin 3-2 Fraserburgh

Clach: Blair Lawrie (34), Michael Finnis (40), Scott Morrison (82)

Broch: Gary Harris (3), Aidan Combe (20)

Formartine United 0-0 Buckie Thistle

Fort William 1-5 Brora Rangers

Fort: Scott Davidson (44)

Brora: Craig Campbell (4, 8, 65, 70), Martin MacLean  (80)

Huntly 0-3 Forres Mechanics

Forres: Lee Fraser (6), Alan Pollock (29, 33)

Inverurie Locos 1-0 Nairn

Inverurie: Colin Charlesworth (4)

Keith 2-1 Wick Academy

Keith: Michael Ewen (57), Scott Begg (90)

Wick: Steven Anderson (79)

Lossiemouth 1-6 Cove Rangers

Lossie: Bryan Bell (14)

Cove: Paul McManus (10, 75, 89), Ryan Stott (37), Daniel Park (64), Stuart Walker (66),

Strathspey Thistle 0-3 Deveronvale

Vale: Dane Ballard (77), Grant Noble (82, 90)

Turriff United 2-1 Rothes

Turriff: Nikolas Wozniak (9), Ally Mackenzie (56)

Rothes: Gavin Hay (10)

Team news for matches on Saturday 15th April

Clach v Fraserburgh
Clach complete their league campaign against Fraserburgh at Grant Street and they'll be without Martin Callum, Stuart Leslie, Ian Penwright and Struan Scott-Woodhouse. John Campbell returns to the squad and some trialists will be involved as the Under 17 squad are in Manchester for a tournament.

Broch will look to bounce back from their defeat to Buckie in midweek, they travel without Jamie Beagrie and Ryan Cowie, who are both offshore.

Formartine Utd v Buckie Thistle
Formartine could still have a big say in the title race as they face league leaders Buckie at North Lodge Park. The home side bounced back well from their League Cup Final defeat to put five past Rothes in midweek.

Buckie hit five themselves in a superb win at Fraserburgh on Wednesday night, a result that put them in pole position in the title race. Andrew Skinner and Craig Dorrat both miss out with ankle injuries for The Jags, who could win the title with victory tomorrow if Brora and Cove fail to win at Fort and Lossie respectively.

Fort William v Brora Rangers
Ally Stark and Danny Highet have joined the injury list for Fort William as they end their league season at home to Brora. Scott Chisholm and Richard Tawse are missing due to work commitments and Liam Taylor and Michael Corbett are also unavailable. Ewan MacLean returns from injury and there are also welcome returns for Andrew Martin, Michael Gillespie and Mark Gillespie.

Brora are finishing the season very strongly and have won their last five matches without conceding a goal. Scott Houston is injured and is their only absentee for a game they must win to have any chance of winning the title.

Huntly v Forres Mechanics
Huntly take on Forres at Christie Park and Co-Managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson have a fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception of Martin MacDonald.

Graeme Grant is suspended for the visitors, while Ross MacPherson and John Cameron are out injured. Stuart Soane and Graham Fraser return to the squad. Meanwhile, the club signed Islavale midfielder Jordan Milne on a pre-contract agreement this week.

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Sheran coy on Cove's double chances

Cove boss John Sheran is remaining on his side's chances of claiming the double after they won the Breedon Highland League Cup.

Sheran's side beat Formartine 2-1 at Bellslea to taste success in the cup final.

Cove are still in the mix to retain their Highland League title, as they battle Buckie and Brora for the championship.

Winning the cup should give Cove a confidence boost, but Sheran insists there is still all to play for in the title race.

Lewis Gordon was one of the reporters to speak to Sheran after the final. Listen to the interview below.

 

Full Time scores and scorers: Wed 12th April

Brora Rangers 2-0 Wick Academy 

Brora: Andrew Greig (11), Steven Mackay (31) 

Fort William 4-1 Strathspey Thistle 

Fort: Ian Maclellan (1), Michael Corbett (11, 60), Scott Davidson (46) 

Strathy: Martin Munro (28) 

Fraserburgh 2-5 Buckie Thistle 

Broch: Michael Rae (13), Ryan Christie (75) 

Buckie: Chris Angus (18, 38), John McLeod (65, 80), Lewis Mackinnon (73)

Rothes 1-5 Formartine Utd 

Rothes: Jack Maley (23)  

Formartine: Jamie Masson (9), Scott Henry (20), Scott Barbour (59), Scott Ferries (78), Conor Gethins (90) 

Turriff Utd 1-1 Cove Rangers  

Turriff: Neale Davidson (44) 

Cove: Jason Brown (87) 

Connor Scully sent off (69), Harry Milne sent off (77), Eric Watson sent off (88)

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 8th April

Breedon Highland League Cup Final  

Formartine Utd 1-2 Cove Rangers 

Formartine: Garry Wood (80) 

Cove: Paul McManus (75), Jason Brown (89) 

Highland League 

Brora Rangers 2-0 Huntly 

Brora: Andrew Greig (24), Kyle Macleod (66) 

Huntly: 

Buckie Thistle 3-0 Deveronvale 

Buckie: Sam Urquhart (7, 85 pen), Kevin Fraser (29) 

Vale: 

Forres Mechanics 1-1 Rothes 

Forres: Alan Pollock (53) 

Graeme Grant sent off (26) 

Rothes: James Mackay (16) 

Turriff Utd 1-0 Wick Academy  

Turriff: David Ross (75) 

North of Scotland Cup First Round 

Fort William 3-3 Lossiemouth - Fort win 4-1 on penalties

Fort: Scott Davidson (3, 18), Michael Corbett (73) 

Lossie: Martin Charlesworth (24), Liam Archibald (30), Ross Duncan (79) 

Strathspey Th 0-4 Nairn County 

Nairn: Jordan Macrae (5), Gary Kerr (28, 56), Wayne Mackintosh (53 pen) 

 

Match previews: Wednesday 12th April

Tonight sees a pivotal round of fixtures taking place in the race for the Highland League title.

Buckie, Brora and Cove are locked together on 75 points at the top of the table and all three face tough tests this evening.

Leaders Buckie travel to Fraserburgh, Brora have a home derby against Wick and Cove travel to take on Turriff at The Haughs.

The destination of the championship will not be decided tonight, but the outcomes of the three matches will certainly be crucial in deciding where it's heading this campaign.

It's sure to be a cracking night of action and we'll have the results for you right here at full time.

Cove win Breedon Highland League Cup

Jason Brown scored a dramatic late winner to win Cove the Breedon Highland League Cup.

John Sheran’s men beat Formartine 2-1.

Paul McManus scored the opening goal in the 76th minute with a header following a scramble in the United penalty area.

Formartine equalised shortly afterwards as a free-kick from Jamie Masson was nodded across goal by Neil Gauld and Garry Wood supplied the finish.

Cove then scored a 90th minute winner through a header from Brown, following a fumble by United keeper Andy Reid.

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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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