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Friendlies Round Up 22nd July 2014

It was a positive night for the SHFL teams who were in friendly action with Lossiemouth, Strathspey Thistle and Huntly defeating Junior outfits while Wick Academy but one over their old manager as they defeated SPFL League Two outfit Elgin City in another high scoring affair.

Braces from James Pickles and Richard MacAdie accumulated to Wick's four goals. The visitors three goals all came from former Scorries, Craig Gunn's pair of strikes being joined by a Shane Sutherland effort for Elgin City who listed Barry Wilson as a sub.

Strathspey picked up their first victory of pre-season with a win over Nairn St Ninian as Adam McLeod scored a hat-trick. The summer signing from Elgin City opened the scoring before Connor Aubrey got on the score-sheet for the Jags. St Ninian pulled one back after the break but McLeod went on and notched a further 2.

Dufftown were on the end of a Lossiemouth beating as they surrendered by five goals. Two penalties from Lossie captain Kevin Flett were added to by goals from Scott Wilson, Shawn Scott, and Scott Miller.  

David Booth took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put Huntly one ahead as they continued their pre-season with a win over Ellon. Thomas Johnston rounded things off with 2 goals in the space of seven minutes to see the Black and Golds record a 3-0 victory.

Midweek Friendlies For Week Starting July 21

Last night Fort William lost 6-2 to Ross County Reserves. There is plenty more action involving Highland League clubs this midweek. Full fixtures are:

Tuesday

Huntly v Ellon United (7.45pm)
Wick Academy v Elgin City (7.45pm)
Clachnacuddin v Ross County (7.30pm)
Dufftown v Lossiemouth (7.30pm)
Keith v Inverness CT U19s (7.30pm)
Nairn St Ninian v Strathspey (7.15pm)

Wednesday

Fraserburgh v Dundee United XI (7.30pm)
Buckie Thistle v Deveronside (7.45pm)
Deveronvale v Inverness CT XI (7.30pm)
Rothes v Buckie Rovers (7.30pm)

Friday

Inverurie Loco Works v Hermes (7.45pm)
Buckie Thistle v Dundee United XI (7.30pm)

2014/15 HFL Predictions - 13th Place

Who will finish where in the middle portion of the Highland League is extremely difficult to predict. Nevertheless, the HFLhub tipsters have had their say, with a variety of suggestions for 13th spot.

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Cove sign striker Nicol

Cove Rangers have agreed a deal to sign former Montrose forward Daryl Nicol.

The 24-year-old has been out of action for three years due to working offshore in the oil industry. Cove boss John Sheran has already signed Sandy Wood, Jamie McAllister, Darryn Kelly and Daniel Park ahead of the new season.

Turriff sign duo

Turriff United boss Ross Jack has continued to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season, signing ex-Keith wide man Craig MacAskill and Latvian defender Artjoms Kuznecovs.

The duo join the club from The Haughs on two-year deals. Jack had previously tied down Greg Sim to a longer contract, the keeper having played for Turriff on a short-term deal last season.

Former Don Darren Mackie, who has featured in pre-season games, has yet to be offered a new contract, although Jack plans to hold talks with the striker in the near future.

Meanwhile, Fraserburgh confirmed that Neil Main has left to join Junior club Maud, joining Jonathan Dunbar and John Willox in making the same switch.

Wick have signed keeper Sean McCarthy who was previously on the books of Ross County.

Scottish Cup ties lead to quick fixture rejig

A handful of changes have been made to the SHFL fixture list as a result of the William Hill Scottish Cup preliminary round ties that we revealed last week. The alterations read as follow:

Press & Journal Highland League Saturday 16/08/14
Postponed matches because of the William Hill Scottish Cup
Fort William v Huntly
Nairn County v Cove Rangers
Wednesday 27/08/2014
Re arranged games
Fort William v Huntly
Nairn County v Cove Rangers

Please also note:
Saturday 25/10/14
The Formartine United v Forres Mechanics match will kick off at 2.00pm

 

2014/15 HFL Predictions - 15th Place

Signing Mike Ewen may have given Keith a boost, but the Maroons still have work to do to convince the HFLhub pundits they can progress far up the table, as shown by their choices for 15th place in next season's Highland League.

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Team
Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
1
Brora Rangers
Brora Rangers 34 31 2 1 107 95
2
Inverurie Locos
Inverurie Locos 34 23 6 5 58 75
3
Nairn County
Nairn County 34 24 3 7 47 75
4
Formartine United
Formartine United 34 22 6 6 52 72
5
Fraserburgh
Fraserburgh 34 23 2 9 45 71
6
Deveronvale
Deveronvale 34 20 5 9 21 65
7
Cove Rangers
Cove Rangers 34 16 7 11 29 55
8
Wick Academy
Wick Academy 34 15 8 11 29 53
9
Forres Mechanics
Forres Mechanics 34 15 7 12 18 52
10
Buckie Thistle
Buckie Thistle 34 13 10 11 6 49
11
Clachnacuddin
Clachnacuddin 34 13 7 14 3 46
12
Turriff United
Turriff United 34 13 5 16 3 44
13
Huntly
Huntly 34 9 8 17 -27 35
14
Keith
Keith 34 9 2 23 -48 29
15
Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth 34 4 8 22 -59 20
16
Strathspey Thistle
Strathspey Thistle 34 3 3 28 -88 12
17
Rothes
Rothes 34 3 3 28 -100 12
18
Fort William
Fort William 34 1 6 27 -96 9

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Recent Results

SHFL Week 42 - 16-05-2014 20:00
Fort William 1 : 4 Clachnacuddin
SHFL Week 41 - 10-05-2014 15:00
Wick Academy 6 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Cove Rangers 5 : 3 Fort William
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Clachnacuddin 3 : 3 Buckie Thistle
SHFL Week 40 - 03-05-2014 15:00
Cove Rangers 3 : 0 Lossiemouth
Deveronvale 1 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Fort William 1 : 1 Wick Academy
Keith 1 : 3 Turriff United
Brora Rangers 2 : 1 Inverurie Locos
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Formartine United
SHFL Week 40 - 30-04-2014 20:00
Fort William 1 : 3 Keith
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Inverurie Locos 5 : 0 Turriff United
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Turriff United 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
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Press and Journal Highland League Table (2013-14)

Team
Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
1 Brora Rangers 34 31 2 1 107 95
2 Inverurie Locos 34 23 6 5 58 75
3 Nairn County 34 24 3 7 47 75
4 Formartine United 34 22 6 6 52 72
5 Fraserburgh 34 23 2 9 45 71
6 Deveronvale 34 20 5 9 21 65
7 Cove Rangers 34 16 7 11 29 55
8 Wick Academy 34 15 8 11 29 53
9 Forres Mechanics 34 15 7 12 18 52
10 Buckie Thistle 34 13 10 11 6 49
11 Clachnacuddin 34 13 7 14 3 46
12 Turriff United 34 13 5 16 3 44
13 Huntly 34 9 8 17 -27 35
14 Keith 34 9 2 23 -48 29
15 Lossiemouth 34 4 8 22 -59 20
16 Strathspey Thistle 34 3 3 28 -88 12
17 Rothes 34 3 3 28 -100 12
18 Fort William 34 1 6 27 -96 9

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