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Jack thrilled to take charge at Turra

Turriff United last night unveiled Ross Jack as their new manager, with the former Elgin City boss taking over from Mark Simpson on a three-year contract at the Haughs.

Jack took his place in the stand to watch his new team draw 1-1 against Buckie Thistle last night, with caretaker manager Mike McKenzie maintaining his unbeaten spell in charge of the club.

However, Jack and assistant Bobby Beckwith will take to the dugout for the first time on Saturday, with champions Brora Rangers making the trip to Aberdeenshire.

Former Ross County, Dunfermline and Norwich City forward Jack spoke of his positive first impressions of United both on and off the field, when he spoke to http://www.hflhub.com reporter Andy Skinner this evening:

"I was approached and when I came to see the club I was very impressed. It is an ambitious club with a board, directors and sponsors who want to take the club as far as it can possibly go.

"I was also very impressed by the facilities at Turriff; the ground, the new terracing and the training area. There is a freshness about the place, and it caught my imagination. It is an enthusiastic, bright and bubbly club and just what I want. The club didn't have to sell much to me. It's amazing how quickly the club has evolved into the position it is now from its junior days."

Jack left Elgin in January after nearly five years in charge at Borough Briggs, and after three months on the sidelines the 55 year-old insists he's raring to go again:

"I had tentative offers around the place, both south of the border and here. The Scottish game is a bit stagnant at the moment for jobs, it's all about waiting to see if this happens, and you can't hang on like that. The batteries have been recharged, I am involved with people who are enthusiastic, and meet the ambitions of me and Bobby Beckwith.

"There is a good team here, and I want to carry on the good work. The manager before me did a good job.

"I said to the boys last night that we're all in it for them. There is a magnificent opportunity for the players, and we want them to be as good as they possibly can and get right to the top of the Highland League, and even further. They have every chance, and we will give them all the coaching we can to help them."

"Turriff have tapped into the Aberdeen side of things a bit more than the other way, and there is also a vibrant youth policy which we are keen to keep going. That is not to say players will be in the first-team just because they are from Turriff, but we want to give local youngsters a real chance."

Although the new management team will be in the home dugout on Saturday, Jack revealed caretaker McKenzie will still be in control of team selection for the next two matches, with the club remaining unbeaten during the forward's temporary tenure:

"Myself and Bobby will be in the dugout on Saturday, although Mike will be selecting the team as he has a cup final to think of on Wednesday. We will give him every support and every help, and if we need to make decisions we will do. It'll be a good chance for the guys to go and test themselves against Brora and see how they do. Mike has been mindful of the cup final, and some boys missed out on the Buckie game in order they are all ready for the cup final.

"Mike will take charge in the cup final as well. He took the players to the final, and again we will be in the dugout to give him all the support he requires. Like I say, we are not going to take his glory, if we win I will be the first one to give Mike all the credit for it."

Curtain to come down on season on 16 May / Final venue confirmed

The Highland League campaign will end with a dose of Friday night football, as Fort William and Clachnacuddin have a fourth attempt at trying to play their Claggan Park encounter on May 16 (8pm).

Meanwhile, Kynoch Park has been confirmed as the venue for the final of the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup between Clachnacuddin and Buckie Thistle, which takes place on Saturday 10 May (3pm).

Matchnight Live | Wednesday 23rd April 2014 / Jack takes over at Turriff

Turriff United have confirmed former Elgin City manager Ross Jack as the man to replace Mark Simpson in the Haughs hotseat, in time to watch his new side draw 1-1 with Buckie Thistle.

After Stuart Cumming gave United the lead, on-form Jags midfielder Chris Angus secured a point for the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup finalists.

Jack will be assisted by Bobby Beckwith who was his right-hand man at Borough Briggs prior to the pair leaving the League Two side in January.

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Elsewhere in the Highland League this evening, there was late drama at Mosset Park as Forres Mechanics hit late to draw 2-2 against Formartine United. Lee Fraser had given the Can-Cans the lead, however goals from Daniel Park and Michael Ewen appeared to have handed Steve Paterson's men all three points. However, Andy Fraser's stoppage time goal rescued a point for Mechanics.

The race for second place is still very much alive, with Inverurie Locos also drawing 2-2 against Cove Rangers. Last year's champions had found themselves two goals to the good after 15 minutes courtesy of Eric Watson and Connor Scully. However, Neil Gauld netted a brace each side of half-time to move on to 41 goals for the campaign.

Meanwhile champions Brora Rangers were the only winners of the night, with a 5-2 victory over Fort William in which Steven Mackay netted a hat-trick. Ross Tokely and Steven Ross were also on target, while Sean Grant and Barna Tot scored for the Lochaber side who had pulled the score back to 1-1 going into half-time.

Full reports will be on http://www.hflhub.com shortly.

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Matchnight Live | Wednesday 16th April 2014

Inverurie Locos produced a second-half turnaround to beat Deveronvale 3-1 at Harlaw Park. After Martin Charlesworth gave the Banffers an early lead, goals by David Ross, Neil Gauld and Jordan Leyden in the final twenty minutes turned the game on its head to send Locos four points clear in second place. Charlesworth was sent-off in the dying minutes of the game to make matters worse for the Vale.

Meanwhile Buckie Thistle were rampant 5-0 winners at home to Keith. The match was delayed for roughly eight minutes due to floodlight failure, after Craig MacMillan had given the Jags an early lead. However second-half goals from Chris Angus, Drew Copeland and a Lewis MacKinnon double sealed a convincing three points for Thistle.

There was also a powercut at Claggan Park, and it proved to be too much as the game between Fort William and Clach was abandoned after only 36 minutes with the scoreline already locked at 2-2. Fort had twice been ahead thanks to James Mackay, with the visitors levelling thanks to Stephen MacKenzie and Jamie Doran - the lights going out just seconds after the latter's goal.

Full reports will be on http://www.hflhub.com shortly.

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Matchday Live | Saturday 19th April 2014

Clachnacuddin and Buckie Thistle will contest the 2014 Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup Final, after both produced produced convincing semi-final victories. 

In the league, there were victories for Cove Rangers, Fraserburgh, Formartine United and Nairn County. 

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Fixture update

The postponed Fort William v. Clach fixture has been re-arranged for tomorrow night - Wednesday 16th April, 8pm kick off.

Weekend Preview | Saturday 19th April 2014

We return to a mixture of league and cup action, with four sides targeting a place in next month's Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup Final.

There are also four league games with many positions still up for grabs, and you can catch all the action as it unfolds on http://www.hflhub.com.

Saturday 19th April 2014
Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup Semi-Finals


Clachnacuddin v Lossiemouth

Clach welcome Blair Lawrie, Paul Brindle, David McGurk and Ryan MacDonald back into the squad.

Former Lilywhite Stevie Dunn takes his Lossie side to Grant Street Park without Shawn Scott, Scott Wilson, Greg Mitchell, Liam Archibald and Jamie McKinnon.


Inverurie Locos v Buckie Thistle
The two sides are between them responsible for winning the League Cup in three of the last five seasons, and will battle it out at Harlaw Park for a place in this year's final. Last year's runners-up Locos have a full squad to pick from, while the Jags are missing suspended duo Chris Hegarty and Iain MacRae.

Press and Journal Highland League


Formartine United v Wick Academy

Formartine are aiming to close the gap on second-placed Locos to three points if they can beat the Scorries. Steve Paterson's side are without Joe Hamill, Paul Napier, Stuart Anderson, Stuart Smith and Richard Davidson. However, defender Stephen Jeffrey returns from an injury he sustained when the two sides drew 1-1 at Harmsworth Park just a fortnight ago.


Fort William v Cove Rangers
The two sides are both still without permanent managers, with Fort looking to build upon a promising opening 36 minutes against Clach in midweek in which they twice led against the Lilywhites, prior to the game being abandoned.


Keith v Fraserburgh
Keith welcome back Craig Cormack to the side which was defeated against Buckie in midweek, however manager Graham McBeath still has a lengthy list of absentees. Murray Kinnaird, Gary McNamee, Sean Keith are injured while Josh Cruickshank and Nathan Greig are unavailable.


Rothes v Nairn County
Rothes' only absentee for the visit of Nairn is defender Steven Fraser, as the Speysiders look to gain advantage on Strathspey Thistle in sixteenth place. Meanwhile a win for County will put them within a point of second-placed Inverurie Locos.

Matchday Live | Saturday 12th April 2014

Brora Rangers may have already wrapped up the title, but the race for second place is still very much alive and kicking with Formartine, Nairn and Inverurie Locos all winning.

The latter were the day's big scorers, recording a thumping 7-0 win against Wick Academy. Neil Gauld netted twice, with further goals coming from David Ross, Neil McLean, Ross Anderson, Andy Hunter and Martin Bavidge.

Formartine were 2-1 winners over Cove Rangers, who had no happy return to Pitmedden following last season's last-day league decider, while Stuart Leslie's header was the difference as Nairn saw off Buckie 1-0. 

Champions Brora defeated Huntly 6-0, with Steven Mackay and Zander Sutherland both on target twice and Ross Tokely netting against his former club.

Rothes fought back from a goal down to draw with Lossiemouth, with Fraserburgh doing likewise against Clach. Deveronvale beat Fort William 2-0, while there was a 0-0 draw between Turriff United and Forres Mechanics at the Haughs.

Meanwhile, Stuart Massie's penalty was the difference as Keith defeated Strathspey 1-0.

Full reports will be on http://www.hflhub.com this evening.

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Team
Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
1
Brora Rangers
Brora Rangers 32 29 2 1 105 89
2
Nairn County
Nairn County 33 23 3 7 46 72
3
Inverurie Locos
Inverurie Locos 31 22 5 4 57 71
4
Formartine United
Formartine United 32 22 5 5 53 71
5
Fraserburgh
Fraserburgh 33 22 2 9 41 68
6
Deveronvale
Deveronvale 31 18 5 8 21 59
7
Forres Mechanics
Forres Mechanics 33 15 6 12 18 51
8
Cove Rangers
Cove Rangers 31 13 7 11 23 46
9
Wick Academy
Wick Academy 31 13 7 11 23 46
10
Buckie Thistle
Buckie Thistle 31 12 10 9 3 46
11
Clachnacuddin
Clachnacuddin 31 12 6 13 1 42
12
Turriff United
Turriff United 32 12 5 15 2 41
13
Huntly
Huntly 33 9 7 17 -27 34
14
Keith
Keith 31 8 2 21 -43 26
15
Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth 33 4 8 21 -56 20
16
Strathspey Thistle
Strathspey Thistle 32 3 3 26 -79 12
17
Rothes
Rothes 33 3 3 27 -99 12
18
Fort William
Fort William 29 1 4 24 -89 7

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Fixtures

SHFL Week 39 - 26-04-2014 14:00
Inverurie Locos - : - Forres Mechanics
SHFL Week 39 - 26-04-2014 15:00
Buckie Thistle - : - Deveronvale
Cove Rangers - : - Clachnacuddin
Formartine United - : - Nairn County
Fort William - : - Huntly
Fraserburgh - : - Strathspey Thistle
Turriff United - : - Brora Rangers
Wick Academy - : - Rothes
MMT Shield Final - 30-04-2014 20:00
Inverurie Locos - : - Turriff United
SHFL Week 40 - 30-04-2014 20:00
Fort William - : - Keith
SHFL Week 40 - 03-05-2014 15:00
Brora Rangers - : - Inverurie Locos
Clachnacuddin - : - Formartine United
Cove Rangers - : - Lossiemouth
Deveronvale - : - Buckie Thistle
Fort William - : - Wick Academy
Keith - : - Turriff United
League Cup Final - 10-05-2014 15:00
Clachnacuddin - : - Buckie Thistle
SHFL Week 41 - 10-05-2014 15:00
Cove Rangers - : - Fort William
Wick Academy - : - Strathspey Thistle
SHFL Week 42 - 16-05-2014 20:00
Fort William - : - Clachnacuddin

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Recent Results

SHFL Week 39 - 23-04-2014 20:00
Forres Mechanics 2 : 2 Formartine United
Fort William 2 : 5 Brora Rangers
Inverurie Locos 2 : 2 Cove Rangers
Turriff United 1 : 1 Buckie Thistle
League Cup SF - 19-04-2014 15:00
Clachnacuddin 5 : 1 Lossiemouth
Inverurie Locos 1 : 3 Buckie Thistle
SHFL Week 38 - 19-04-2014 15:00
Rothes 0 : 3 Nairn County
Formartine United 3 : 1 Wick Academy
Fort William 2 : 6 Cove Rangers
Keith 2 : 3 Fraserburgh
SHFL Week 37 - 12-04-2014 15:00
Nairn County 1 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 2 : 0 Fort William
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 1 Keith
Formartine United 2 : 1 Cove Rangers

Press and Journal Highland League Table (2013-14)

Team
Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
1 Brora Rangers 32 29 2 1 105 89
2 Nairn County 33 23 3 7 46 72
3 Inverurie Locos 31 22 5 4 57 71
4 Formartine United 32 22 5 5 53 71
5 Fraserburgh 33 22 2 9 41 68
6 Deveronvale 31 18 5 8 21 59
7 Forres Mechanics 33 15 6 12 18 51
8 Cove Rangers 31 13 7 11 23 46
9 Wick Academy 31 13 7 11 23 46
10 Buckie Thistle 31 12 10 9 3 46
11 Clachnacuddin 31 12 6 13 1 42
12 Turriff United 32 12 5 15 2 41
13 Huntly 33 9 7 17 -27 34
14 Keith 31 8 2 21 -43 26
15 Lossiemouth 33 4 8 21 -56 20
16 Strathspey Thistle 32 3 3 26 -79 12
17 Rothes 33 3 3 27 -99 12
18 Fort William 29 1 4 24 -89 7

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