Highland Football League weekend preview: 18th January 2014


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The game of the day tomorrow is at Princess Royal Park where 5th placed Deveronvale host league leaders Formartine United, a win will be vital for both clubs with the visitors aware that 2nd placed Brora Rangers are only a point behind the North Lodge outfit and have three games in hand.

Brora Rangers are also on their travels away to Lossiemouth who will be boosted by the signing of ex Dudgeon Park player Ryan Green from Forres Mechanics who will bring the Coasters some much needed experience on the park.

Cove Rangers suffered a 3-1 defeat last week at the hands of Brora Rangers however the Aberdeen based side will be hoping they get back on track with three points over Brora’s rivals Wick Academy. This week, 35 year old striker Martin Johnston announced his retirement with manager Kevin Tindal saying that the door is always open if Johnston wants to return.

Fraserburgh have picked up some incredible results away to Brora and Cove Rangers over the past week and will be hoping to go back to the “Broch” with another three points against the 2011/2012 champions. Kris Hunter’s side are sitting in 7th place after just 16 games. A win for the Can-Cans will be a boost for the hosts after their slow start to the campaign.

Buckie Thistle have struggled against teams in the lower half of the league this season and Fort William picked up an unlikely point at Victoria Park at the start of the season, with Fort William at home they will fancy there chances against the Jags.

It has been a busy week in terms of transfers and Clach will make the journey down the A96 minus Alan Pollock who has signed a two and a half year contract. Inverurie will be boosted by the news that Martin Bavidge has signed a contract extension at Harlaw Park and a win for them could see them a point behind Brora Rangers and Nairn County.

Keith and Nairn County face each other at Kynoch Park with County eager to get a win to keep up with the chasing pack at the top, Keith who haven’t picked up a single point in four matches will be aiming to get something out of the game to boost the team up.

Strathspey Thistle welcome Huntly to Seafield Park with the hosts getting a loan deal done this week and the Jags have signed Antonio Vastano on loan from Elgin City for the remainder of the season. Huntly will be aiming to bounce back from their 5-1 defeat at home to Inverurie Locos.

Rothes saw their home match with Deveronvale postponed last week and manager Greame Roy has been busy recruiting on the coaching side and has brought in Rab Mulheron from Brora Rangers as the assistant manager. Rothes face the trip to Turriff United with the hosts without a win since November.


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