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Cowie, Gauld and Scott among Highland League players on move

There has been a flurry of transfer activity in the Highland League this week, including Craig Cowie moving to Buckie from Deveronvale on a three-year deal.

The midfielder has been on-loan at Victoria Park for part of this season.

Heading in the opposite direction are Kyle Gauld and Robert Scott.

Elsewhere, Keith have signed Ross Anderson from Inverurie Locos on a three-year deal.

Rothes have secured the services of Cameron Lisle on-loan from Brora for the rest of the season.

Scott Maclean has moved to the Speysiders from Clach on a one-year deal.

Scott Davidson has left Mackessack Park and decided to play for junior team Islavale.

Meanwhile, having turned 40 last week, Huntly forward Dennis Wyness isn’t planning on hanging up his boots just yet. 

After finalising a one-year contract extension, the former Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hearts forward is pleased to extend his stay at Christie Park until 2018.

He said: “I’ve signed another year and next season could possibly be my last. You take it season by season as you get to this age.”

Lastly, Scott Miller will move to Turriff United when his deal with Lossiemouth expires in the summer.

North of Scotland fixture times confirmed

The first round ties of this season's Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup will be played on the following dates:

Saturday 1st April: Tain St Duthus v Brora Rangers (3pm)

Saturday 8th April: Fort William v Lossiemouth (3pm)

Saturday 8th April: Strathspey Thistle v Nairn (3pm)

Wednesday 19th April: Rothes v Wick Academy (8pm)

Saturday 22nd April: Forres Mechancis V Clachnacuddin (3pm)

Audio Inverviews: Cove, Clach, Formartine, Turriff

Cove fought back from 2-0 down to beat Clach 3-2 and go top of the Highland League for the first time this season.

After the game, reporter John Innes spoke to managers from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Cove boss John Sheran


Clach manager Iain Polworth


There was another five-goal thriller at North Lodge Park as Formartine beat Turriff 3-2.

After the game, reporter Lewis Gordon was on hand to conduct interviews with representatives from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Formartine coach Jerry O'Driscoll


Turriff manager Ross Jack


Formartine forward Jamie Masson


Full time scores and scorers: Saturday 25th March

Highland League

Brora Rangers 5-0 Formartine United

Brora: Kyle Macleod (2, 7, 52), Scott Graham (25), Zander Sutherland (32)

Deveronvale 0-2 Forres Mechanics

Forres: Lee Fraser (8), Simon Allan (49 pen)

Fort William 3-5 Rothes

Fort: Scott Davidson (2, 25), Jack Lingard (54)

Rothes: Grant Munro (40, 68), Keir Smith (52, 81), Kelvin Main (79)

Huntly 1-0 Buckie Thistle

Huntly: Ross Still (90+1)

Inverurie Locos 1-5 Fraserburgh

Locos: Colin Charlesworth (20)

Fraserburgh: Scott Henry (12, 44), Jamie Beagrie (55), Gary Harris (56 pen), Ryan Cowie (79)

Strathspey Thistle 0-2 Turriff United

Turriff: Neale Davidson (64), Ally Mackenzie (80)

Wick Academy 2-3 Cove Rangers

Wick: Danny Mackay (28), Marc MacGregor (44)

Cove: Eric Watson (27), Paul McManus (46 pen), Blair Yule (86)

Full Time scores and scorers: Wednesday 29th March

Cove Rangers 3-2 Clach 

Cove: Blair Yule (45+1, 52), Connor Scully (47) 

Clach: James Beeston (20), Fraser Robertson (23) 

Formartine Utd 3-2 Turriff Utd 

Formartine: Jamie Masson (9, 26), Neil Gauld (83) 

Turriff: Lewis Davidson (17), Cammy Bowden (47) 

Wick Academy 3-0 Strathspey Thistle 

Wick: Steven Anderson (49, 90+2), Andrew Hardwick (62)

Team news for Saturday 25th March

Highland League

Brora Rangers v Formartine Utd

Match of the day is at Dudgeon Park where surely only a win will keep either Brora or Formartine in the title race. Paul Brindle is the only injury absentee for the home side.

Formartine are unbeaten in eleven league matches and have kept five clean sheets in a row, a win for the visitors would close the gap on their opponents to five points with three games in hand.

Deveronvale v Forres Mechanics
Liam Forbes returns to the Deveronvale squad for the visit of Forres to Princess Royal Park. Dan Smith, Graeme Watt, Zander Jack and Scott Fraser are all unavailable.

Callum Howarth  misses out for Forres with an ankle ligament problem, while Alan Pollock, Owen Paterson and Connor MacIver are all unavailable. Scott Moore returns from suspension. Meanwhile, the club announced today that midfielder Aaron McLean has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Lossiemouth in the summer.

Fort William v Rothes
Fort William quartet Ally Stark, Adam Porritt, Barna Tot and Michael Ellis return to the squad for their clash with Rothes at Claggan Park. Goalkeeper Douglas MacLennan suffered an injury in training and will miss the rest of the season.

Rothes pushed champions Cove all the way last weekend and they will still be without the suspended Ryan Macritchie tomorrow. Ben Cullen is away to America with the RAF until May, but Ian Macrae is fully fit again and returns to the squad.

Huntly v Buckie Thistle
Huntly face title chasing Buckie at Christie Park and they have Kieran Adams available again after serving his three-game ban. Martin MacDonald remains out long term.

The Jags remain at the top of the table after two good wins over Wick Academy. Andrew Skinner, Kai Ross and Sean Carroll are all out injured for the visitors.

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Audio Interviews: Cooper and Cowie

Fraserburgh thrashed Inverurie Locos 5-1 thanks in part to a double from Scott Henry.

After the match, reporter John Innes spoke to managers from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Fraserburgh boss Mark Cowie


Locos manager Neil Cooper


Reporter Andrew Raffan's match verdict can be read below:

Fraserburgh seized the initiative in a scrappy opening to the game, following up a previously threatening corner with a perfect delivery from Garry Harris to the back post. Rising above the surrounding defenders, Scott Henry aimed his header into the ground with the ball bouncing into the roof of the net having evaded a crowded goal- line.

The opportunity for an instant replay fell to Jordan Leyden as he stood over a free-kick on the edge of the box, but his tame swerving effort was comfortably saved by Peter Tait.

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Full Time scores and scorers: Wed 22nd March

Highland League

Clach 0-2 Formartine Utd  

Formartine: Stuart Anderson (6), Neil Gauld (80) 

Forres Mechanics 7-1 Nairn County 

Forres: Craig McGovern (5), Stuart Soane (37, 61), Andrew Macrae (42), Lee Fraser(44, 45+1, 78) 

Nairn: Gary Kerr (31)

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 16 44 WWDWW
2 Inverurie Locos 20 44 DWWWW
3 Fraserburgh 17 41 WLWWW
4 Brora Rangers 16 37 WLWWW
5 Huntly 19 35 WDWLW
6 Buckie Thistle 17 32 LWLWD
7 Formartine United 17 31 WWLWL
8 Rothes 18 30 DLDWW
9 Forres Mechanics 17 30 WWWWW
10 Deveronvale 18 28 LWWWW
11 Turriff United 18 24 DLLLL
12 Clachnacuddin 19 22 LLWDW
13 Nairn County 16 22 WLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 18 8 LLWDL
16 Lossiemouth 19 5 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 18 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 16 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City
Formartine United 1 : 0 Forfar Athletic
Stranraer 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
18-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 17
Keith 0 : 3 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 2 : 3 Clachnacuddin
Rothes 9 : 1 Fort William
Turriff United 1 : 2 Huntly
15-11-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Deveronvale 4 : 0 Aberdeen University
11-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 16
Huntly 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Inverurie Locos 3 : 1 Formartine United
Nairn County 2 : 4 Forres Mechanics
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 5 Rothes
Brora Rangers 7 : 0 Lossiemouth
Turriff United 1 : 3 Deveronvale
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Buckie Thistle
08-11-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 15
Clachnacuddin 2 : 1 Fort William

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