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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. 


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

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.

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 shortly.


Weekend Preview | Saturday 12th April 2014

We return to a full Highland League card this afternoon, with the team news from all nine matches prior to full updates on

Saturday 12th April 2014
Press and Journal Highland League

Rothes v Lossiemouth (2pm)

The day's early kick-off sees Rothes entertain Lossiemouth with a fully fit squad to pick from, however Lossie are without suspended duo Callum Dunbar and Scott Dunn.

Clachnacuddin v Fraserburgh
Clach have Paul Brindle, Gordon Morrison, Michael Finnis and Struan Woodhouse sidelined from the side which defeated Rothes 7-0 last weekend.

Deveronvale v Fort William
Deveronvale welcome back goalkeeper Darren McConnachie, however Zander Jack (ankle), Philip Watt (chest) and Martin Charlesworth (ankle) are doubtful.

Fort travel to Banff without a manager – following Danny Conlon's resignation earlier in the week.

Formartine United v Cove Rangers
Formartine welcome managerless Cove to Pitmedden in a repeat of last season's crunch final-day league-title decider. United manager Steve Paterson must make do without Paul Napier and Joe Hamill, while defender Stephen Jeffrey is doubtful. Daniel Park and Gary Clark are available again after suspension.

Huntly v Brora Rangers
The home side – who have the worst disciplinary record in the league - have five players suspended. Hrjove Kovacevic, Alexander Thoirs, Marek Madle, Leigh Henderson and Grant Campbell will all miss the Black and Golds' final home game of the season.

Meanwhile the newly-crowned Highland League champions are minus the suspended Gavin Morrison.

Inverurie Locos v Wick Academy
Locos have a full squad available for the visit of Wick. Back into the squad come Martin Bavidge looking to add to his season's tally of 17 and central midfielder Scott Begg. Both players were missing from Wednesday's 2-1 win at Forres due to work commitments but return to face a Wick side as yet unbeaten on the road under Gordon Connelly.

Nairn County v Buckie Thistle

Nairn welcome back Gregg Main from suspension, against Buckie who are without Lewis McKinnon, Iain MacRae, Liam Baxter, Stephen Gauld with Chris Angus doubtful.

Strathspey Thistle v Keith
The Jags are without Jordan Wardrope, Joe Hardie, Jamie Fraser and Mark McKernie. However, Jack Maley and Ronnie Jones return for Brian Grant's side.

Keith meanwhile continue to be without goalkeepers Iain Macleod and Murray Kinnaird, as well as Gary McNamee.

Turriff United v Forres Mechanics
United caretaker Mike McKenzie is aiming to extend his winning run to four games, however United must make do without top scorer Gary Harris who is suspended.

For Forres, Paul Smith and Kris Duncan will come back into the squad but Craig McGovern misses out. Graeme Grant and Ross MacPherson still definitely out with knee injuries. Stuart Sone and Ryan Mackintosh, who were unused subs on Wednesday night are major doubts with hamstring strains.

Fixture update

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

Matchday Live | Wednesday 9th April 2014


Press and Journal Highland League

Keith were the surprise package of the night running out 4-1 winners over Cove Rangers at Kynock Park.  Elsewhere Inverurie Locos kept up the challenge for 2nd spot in the league overcoming Forres Mechanics at Mosset Park. Locos jumped from 4th to 2nd thanks to a late winner for Fraserburgh aginst Nairn County.  

With Fort William v Clachnacuddin called off earlier in the day tonights only other match ended in an away win for Deveronvale thanks to a 93rd minute goal from Graeme Rodger overcoming Rothes at MacKessack Park.


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 this evening.


Game off

Tonight's match between Fort William and Clach has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and rescheduled for Wednesday 16th April.

Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
Brora Rangers
Brora Rangers 31 28 2 1 102 86
Nairn County
Nairn County 33 23 3 7 46 72
Inverurie Locos
Inverurie Locos 30 22 4 4 57 70
Formartine United
Formartine United 31 22 4 5 53 70
Fraserburgh 33 22 2 9 41 68
Deveronvale 31 18 5 8 21 59
Forres Mechanics
Forres Mechanics 32 15 5 12 18 50
Wick Academy
Wick Academy 31 13 7 11 23 46
Cove Rangers
Cove Rangers 30 13 6 11 23 45
Buckie Thistle
Buckie Thistle 30 12 9 9 3 45
Clachnacuddin 31 12 6 13 1 42
Turriff United
Turriff United 31 12 4 15 2 40
Huntly 33 9 7 17 -27 34
Keith 31 8 2 21 -43 26
Lossiemouth 33 4 8 21 -56 20
Strathspey Thistle
Strathspey Thistle 32 3 3 26 -79 12
Rothes 33 3 3 27 -99 12
Fort William
Fort William 28 1 4 23 -86 7

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SHFL Week 39 - 23-04-2014 20:00
Forres Mechanics - : - Formartine United
Fort William - : - Brora Rangers
Inverurie Locos - : - Cove Rangers
Turriff United - : - Buckie Thistle
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
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
TBC - : - TBC 2
SHFL Week 41 - 10-05-2014 15:00
Cove Rangers - : - Fort William
Wick Academy - : - Strathspey Thistle

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Recent Results

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
Turriff United 0 : 0 Forres Mechanics
Huntly 0 : 6 Brora Rangers
Inverurie Locos 7 : 0 Wick Academy
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Rothes 1 : 1 Lossiemouth

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Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
1 Brora Rangers 31 28 2 1 102 86
2 Nairn County 33 23 3 7 46 72
3 Inverurie Locos 30 22 4 4 57 70
4 Formartine United 31 22 4 5 53 70
5 Fraserburgh 33 22 2 9 41 68
6 Deveronvale 31 18 5 8 21 59
7 Forres Mechanics 32 15 5 12 18 50
8 Wick Academy 31 13 7 11 23 46
9 Cove Rangers 30 13 6 11 23 45
10 Buckie Thistle 30 12 9 9 3 45
11 Clachnacuddin 31 12 6 13 1 42
12 Turriff United 31 12 4 15 2 40
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 28 1 4 23 -86 7

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