Published: Saturday, 28 September 2013 15:21
Written by Andy Skinner
Brora Rangers and Formartine United both won to maintain their positions at the top of the Highland League, with both teams impressively still to drop a point eight games in.
Brora had to come from behind to defeat Fort William 6-1, with Steven Mackay netting a first-half hat-trick. Formartine were 3-0 winners against Rothes, with a second-half goal from Paul Napier adding to strikes before the break from Cammy Keith and Daniel Park.
Champions Cove Rangers bounced back to winning ways with a fine 3-2 win against Forres. In doing so they came back from behind twice, before Ryan Stott won the game in the 37th minute. Crucially, Forres missed a first-half penalty which would have put them 2-0 in front.
Buckie Thistle came from behind to defeat Inverurie Locos and inflict a second straight defeat on the Garioch outfit, while Wick Academy were 5-2 victors against Lossiemouth in an entertaining clash, with Richard Macadie on target twice.
Nairn County defeated Strathspey Thistle 3-1 at Station Park, while Fraserburgh ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against Keith with Scott Barbour and Willie West both scoring twice.
Deveronvale netted twice in the second-half to defeat Clachnacuddin at Grant Street Park. Meanwhile an entertaining game at Christie Park saw Huntly draw 2-2 with Turriff United.
Full reports to follow shortly.
Published: Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:24
Written by John Innes
Nairn County returned to scoring style big time against Inverurie Locos on Saturday after defeats by Keith and Linlithgow Rose. Inevitably, well to the forefront of their success was last season's Highland League Player of the Year Conor Gethins.
The pint sized forward who plied his trade in the League of Ireland with Finn Harps before coming to Scotland and featuring for Ross County and Peterhead, netted a hat trick as the Wee County demolished Locos ten game long unbeaten record this campaign.
The three goals take the Irishman on to the twelve goal tally in 2013/2014 and with his 30th birthday less than six weeks ago there is an unquenching thirst for more success with the Station Park club in what is the third season of his three year contract.
"We're a team that has been waiting to explode. The main thing we did was work really hard as a team. Maybe in recent weeks we've not been working so hard, but when a team of our quality does it there's only one outcome.
"When we lost the goal in the early seconds, I thought here we go again, but there was a really good feeling on the bus coming down the A96. There was no laughter because I could see everyone was really focused.
"When a goal goes against you that early there is still 89 minutes left on the clock. It makes you work even harder. As soon as I got my free kick goal five minutes later I felt we dominated from there. We just kicked on and don't feel we we were under any real spells of pressure."
A two goal advantage looked on at the break until Martin Bavidge reduced the leeway with his second of the day and that just fired up the Irishman and his team mates even more.
"We had a few rants at half time as you cannot give away silly goals at places like Harlaw Park. They could have got it to level pegging but my second goal was one I savoured to put us back two in front. I'll not score many headers this season.
"The fifth goal saw me being clear of offside as I wasn't interfering then when the ball was fed through to me, my choice was to chip the goalkeeper."
Although it's been an inconsistent start for Les Fridge's team with several defeats and blank scoresheets along the way, two summer signings have made a big difference in his opinion.
"Daniel Moore and Stuart Leslie give us energy. And spirit. Danny will admit he's not been firing on all cylinders to date. But in this game he put in some great balls that's what he's all about With Stuart what you see is what you get. 100% effort every game, wins headers, rumbles players up and makes a lot of good runs.
"We need to push on, we've beaten Cove and Inverurie but let other games slip by. We cannot do that. After a result like this teams will be looking over their shoulders and saying Nairn are starting to push on."