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Full Time scores and scorers: Sat 9th September

Brora Rangers 3-0 Buckie Thistle

Brora: Craig Campbell (19), Paul Brindle (54 pen), Scott Graham (85)

Jay Cheyne sent off (52)

Clach 0-4 Cove Rangers

Cove: Ryan Strachan (6), Mitch Megginson (45+1, 82), Jamie Masson (50)

Fort William 0-10 Fraserburgh

Broch: Gary Harris (7, 28), Paul Campbell (24, 79, 90+1 pen), Ryan Sargent (27), Dean Cowie (41, 49), Greg Buchan(57), Jamie Beagrie (60)

Huntly 1-3 Deveronvale

Huntly: Glenn Murison (26)

Calvin Roddie sent off (90+3)

Vale: Chris Blackhall (38), Grant Noble (75), Lewis Dunbar (86)

Chris Blackhall sent off (90+5)

Lossiemouth 2-4 Inverurie Locos

Lossie: Ryan Booth (6 og), Scott Dunn (67)

Locos: Matthew Macdonald (8), Joe McCabe (45), Andy Hunter (75, 86)

Nairn County 2-1 Keith

Nairn: Dylan Mackenzie (50), Jordan MacRae (56)

Keith: Ryan Robertson (60)

Strathspey Th 0-3 Forres Mechanics

Scott Hume sent off (47)

Forres: Alan Pollock (23, 48 pen, 84 pen)

Turriff Utd 1-0 Rothes

Turriff: Owen Cairns (2)

Daniel Moore sent off (35)

Wick Academy 3-2 Formartine Utd

Wick: Richard Macadie (18 pen, 70 pen), Gary Manson (83)

Formartine: Graeme Rodger (5), Scott Barbour (41)

Jamie Michie sent off (78)

Team news for matches on Saturday 9th September

Brora Rangers v Buckie Thistle
Match of the day is undoubtedly at Dudgeon Park, where fifth place Brora take on third place Buckie Thistle. Brora boss Ross Tokely has a full squad to choose from as they look to build on good away wins at Nairn and Deveronvale.

Buckie will hope to bounce back from cup defeats to Dunfermline and Fraserburgh, and the Jags are likely to recall Chris Angus, Craig Dorrat and Kevin Fraser after they were rested against Broch in midweek.

Clach v Cove Rangers
Clach have several players missing for the visit of table-toppers Cove to Grant Street. Paul Smith and Daniel Maclennan have work commitments, while John Campbell, Martin Callum, Ian Penwright, Fraser Robertson, Matty Grant and David Mcgurk are injured. Struan Macarthur is away to university and also misses out. 

Cove continued their superb form with an Aberdeenshire Cup win over Keith on Wednesday night. Boss John Sheran could restore Stuart McKenzie, Eric Watson, Daniel Park and Ryan Strachan to the starting line-up for this one.

Fort William v Fraserburgh
Fort William face in-form Fraserburgh at Claggan Park after the disappointment of having to forfeit their North of Scotland Cup tie in midweek due to being unable to raise a team.

Broch have won their last three matches without conceding a goal and will look to continue that form today. Aidan Combe is unavailable and goalkeeper Peter Tait suspended after his late red card against Strathspey.

Huntly v Deveronvale
Huntly face Deveronvale at Christie Park and both sides will go into the game in a confident mood after good wins last time out. Martin Charlesworth is only player who misses out for the home side with a rib injury.

Liam Forbes and Shaun Carroll return to the Vale squad who came from two goals down to defeat Locos in the Aberdeenshire Cup. Ross Elder is doubtful and will face a late fitness test.

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Scottish Cup First Round draw

Here are the ties involving Highland League clubs in the Scottish Cup First Round draw:

Wick Academy v University of Stirling

Edusport Academy v Rothes

Banks O'Dee v Huntly

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Keith

Fraserburgh v Forres Mechanics

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Inverurie Loco Works

Edinburgh University v Lossiemouth

Clachnacuddin v Fort William

Brora Rangers v Girvan

Nairn County v Whitehill Welfare

Deveronvale v Hawick Royal Albert

Formartine United v Turriff United

Civil Service Strollers v Strathspey Thistle

Ties to be played on Saturday, 23 September.

Full time scores and scorers: Wed 30th August

Brora Rangers 3-0 Forres Mechanics 

Brora: Paul Brindle (12), Mark Nicholson (30) Jamie Duff (32) 

Buckie Thistle 3-0 Rothes 

Buckie: Sam Urquhart (45+2 pen), John McLeod (60), Kevin Fraser (82) 

Paul Macleod sent off (48) 

Clach 2-1 Keith 

Clach: Stuart Leslie (26), Sean Webb (72) 

Keith: James Brownie (58) 

Cove Rangers 4-1 Deveronvale 

Cove: Sam Burnett (53, 55, 74 pen), Mitch Megginson (82) 

Vale: William Pauline (77)

Huntly 0-2 Fraserburgh 

Broch: Gary Harris (23, 64) 

Lossiemouth 2-2 Fort William 

Lossie: Ryan Farquhar (54, 75) 

Fort: Jack Lingard (72), Barna Tot (78) 

Nairn County 3-2 Wick Academy 

Nairn: Dylan Mackenzie (37, 52, 81) 

Wick: Richard Macadie (31 pen), Gordon McNab (35) 

Michael Steven sent off (47) 

Strathspey Th 0-7 Inverurie Locos 

Locos: Neil Gauld (15, 52, 66, 90), Jordan Leyden (63), Andy Hunter (81), Matthew Macdonald (90+3) 

Turriff Utd 2-4 Formartine Utd 

Turriff: David Booth (10), Louis Myers (34) 

Formartine: Archie MacPhee (7, 32), Wayne Mackintosh (73), Scott Barbour (81)

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 2nd September

Highland League

Deveronvale 2-3 Brora Rangers

Vale: Dane Ballard (15), Paul Sutherland (19)

Brora: Scott Graham (13, 44), Colin Williamson (82)

Formartine Utd 5-0 Nairn County

Formartine: Scott Barbour(26, 53), Archie Macphee(36, 55), Graeme Rodger (54)

Callum Maclean sent off (38)

Forres Mechanics 2-3 Huntly

Forres: Craig McGovern (62), Simon Allan (87)

Huntly: Ross Still (66), Graeme Grant (71 og), Reece McKeown (77)

Fraserburgh 3-0 Strathspey Th

Broch: William West (25, 70), Paul Campbell (48)

Peter Tait sent off (90)

Inverurie Locos 4-0 Fort William

Locos: Neil Gauld (16, 65), Neil Mclean (52 pen), Jordan Leyden (69)

Keith 1-2 Turriff Utd

Keith: Scott Begg (9)

Turriff: Cammy Bowden (80), Darren Wood (85)

Rothes 6-2 Clach
Rothes: Jamie Wilson (1, 52, 86), Dale Gillespie (40, 66), Stephen Rennie (61)

Clach: Dan Maclennan (18, 85)

Wick Academy 6-0 Lossiemouth

Wick: Steven Anderson (9, 12, 79), Marc McGregor (39), Gordon McNab (45), Sam Mackay (83)

Irn Bru Cup Second Round

Buckie Thistle 0-3 Dunfermline 

Dunfermline: Nicky Clark (7, 34), Andy Ryan (40)

Hamilton Colts 1-3 Cove Rangers

Hamilton: Breen (54)

Cove: Jamie Masson (15), Mitch Megginson (29 pen, 32)

Audio Interviews: Clach hit back to beat Formartine

Clach recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Formartine. After the game, United manager Kris Hunter parted ways with the club.

Reporter John Innes was at North Lodge Park to conduct post-match interviews. Listen to them below.

Formartine coach Jerry O'Driscoll

 

Clach manager Iain Polworth

 

Team news for matches on Saturday 2nd September

Highland League

Deveronvale v Brora Rangers
Liam Forbes and Chris Blackhall are unavailable for Vale and miss the visit of Brora to Princess Royal Park. Steven Davidson is also doubtful, but Grant Noble and Dane Ballard return to the squad.

Brora boss Ross Tokely has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the trip to Banff.

Formartine Utd v Nairn County
Formartine play their first home fixture since the departure of Kris Hunter when high-flying Nairn visit North Lodge Park. United returned to form with a superb win at Turriff in midweek and a win today would see them draw level on points with their opponents.

Nairn produced a great comeback to defeat nine-man Wick at Station Park in midweek and they travel with the same squad today.

Forres Mechanics v Huntly
Forres have had a tough run of fixtures and they'll hope to return to winning ways against Huntly at Mosset Park. Jordan Milne, Jordan Wardrope , Ross MacPherson and Ryan Stuart are all out, while there are also doubts over Simon Allan, Stuart Soane and Graham Fraser.

Huntly have Martin Charlesworth out with a rib injury, but Michael Clark is available again after suspension.

Fraserburgh v Strathspey Th
Fraserburgh take on Strathspey at Bellslea as they look to continue their excellent start to the season. Paul Young is Broch's only absentee through injury.

Strathspey recorded their biggest ever Highland League win at Fort William last weekend, only to be brought crashing back to earth with a thumping defeat to Locos in midweek.

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Hunter falls short in bid to take Formartine to top

Reporter John Innes has taken a look back at Kris Hunter's reign at Formartine, following his departure as manager.

Kris Hunter will be remembered in Formartine’s history as a manager who took them to their second runners-up finishing spot in the Highland League at the end of 2015/16, four points off winners Cove Rangers (along with Brora Rangers). 

The Aberdeen side had come out on top three years before in 2012/13. To emphasise the closeness to success against their bogey side further, a last-minute Jason Brown winner in last season’s Breedon Highland League Cup final at Fraserburgh gave John Sheran’s side a win by the odd goal in three.  

A top striker with Fraserburgh, Hunter was one of the inspirational figures as the Broch went on to clinch their first Highland League title success in 60 years back in 2002.

He would return to Bellslea as boss 10 seasons later but not before being appointed the first Turriff United manager when they joined the League in 2009.

A man of high ambition, Hunter was appointed by chairman Atholl Cadger at North Lodge Park in March 2015, after the sacking of former Aberdeen and Inverness Caley Thistle boss Steve Paterson.

Aberdeenshire Cup final success over Inverurie Locos would be the first to come the club’s way since their elevation from the junior ranks. But Hunter knew that nothing but top spot in the major competition would be good enough.

After three wins and a draw in their opening four games, a 3-0 defeat at Buckie Thistle last Saturday followed by the surrendering of a two-goal lead at home to Clachnacuddin forced the parting of the ways.

Formartine currently sit in ninth position, six points off leaders Cove Rangers.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 10 28 WWWWW
2 Fraserburgh 11 26 WWWWW
3 Formartine United 11 22 WWLWW
4 Brora Rangers 10 22 DWWWW
5 Buckie Thistle 9 19 WWWLW
6 Inverurie Locos 11 19 WWWLD
7 Nairn County 10 19 WWLWL
8 Turriff United 10 17 DLWWL
9 Rothes 10 16 WLWLL
10 Huntly 10 16 LLWLD
11 Forres Mechanics 11 15 LLWWD
12 Deveronvale 10 13 LLLWW
13 Wick Academy 10 12 DLWWW
14 Clachnacuddin 11 12 WLLLD
15 Lossiemouth 11 4 DLLLL
16 Keith 10 3 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 10 3 WLLLL
18 Fort William 11 1 DLLLL

Recent Results

23-09-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup First Round
Edinburgh University 2 : 1 Lossiemouth
Banks O' Dee 4 : 0 Huntly
Nairn County 1 : 0 Whitehill Welfare
Edusport Academy 1 : 1 Rothes
Brora Rangers 5 : 0 Girvan
Wick Academy 2 : 2 Stirling University
Formartine United 2 : 1 Turriff United
Civil Service Strollers 2 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Fraserburgh 2 : 1 Forres Mechanics
Clachnacuddin 8 : 0 Fort William
Gala Fairydean Rovers 0 : 2 Keith
Deveronvale 3 : 1 Hawick Royal Albert
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 3 : 2 Inverurie Locos
16-09-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 9
Nairn County 0 : 8 Cove Rangers
Formartine United 2 : 0 Keith
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 6 Buckie Thistle
Fort William 1 : 5 Deveronvale
Wick Academy 5 : 1 Rothes

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