Highland Football League weekend preview: 25th January 2014


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Wednesday was a busy day in Highland League towers on the management front with Elgin City manager Ross Jack resigning from his post at Borough Briggs and speculation is well underway with 7 managers who have either managed Highland League clubs or is currently in a coaching position at a Highland League team been linked with the management’s position.

Elgin City are believed to be looking for a manager from the North region however going by history since they joined the Scottish Football League back in 2000, only Robbie Williamson had managed a Highland League team before he came to join the Moray side. Williamson was Clachnacuddin manager before being with City for one season.

The news broke out on Wednesday lunchtime about Ross Jack’s departure from the Division two outfit and when night time came, the news broke that Huntly manager Dave McGinlay was sacked with immediate effect.

In my view, I didn’t see the sacking coming however Huntly did have a fans forum on the Sunday before his departure and he certainly didn’t get off lightly, what also gets taking into consideration is his contract was up in March.

McGinlay is the 5th manager to have departed from his club in the last 12 months and it shows the ambition that clubs have for the future and also with the prospect with the pyramid system coming up.

Anyway, onto this weekend’s fixtures.

Brora will be aiming to keep their lead at the top when they host Forres Mechanics with the can-cans eager to bounce back from their 3-1 home defeat to Fraserburgh last weekend with the Cattachs now having three straight wins to their name.

There’s a crucial match at Station Park where Inverurie Locos make the journey up to the Highlands to take on Nairn County, Nairn won this contest 5-2 back in September and might feel that home advantage will suit them, County could be sweating over the return of two forwards in Stuart Leslie and Conor Gethins for the match.

After Formartine’s setback in Banff last week, three points will be vital for Steve Paterson’s outfit who are at home to Turriff United who picked up a confidence boosting 3-0 win over Rothes last Saturday.

Cove Rangers picked up a good result at home to Wick Academy last week and will be hoping home advantage is good for them once again when they host Lossiemouth at Allan Park, a win for Rangers could put them into 7th place.

Fraserburgh have had a good last couple of weeks and another win at home to Fort William tomorrow could put them above Wick into 6th place, Kris Hunter’s side will be massive favourites for the game however Fort William picked up a good draw at home to Buckie Thistle last week.

The league’s form team Deveronvale make the short journey on the A97 to Huntly with the hosts without a manager against a Vale outfit whose manager Charlie Charlesworth is one of the names touted for the Elgin City job.

Buckie Thistle and Keith meet at Victoria Park and a game normally guaranteed to produce fireworks has had a low key build-up following an embarrassing weekend for both clubs. Keith suffered their worst league result since 1925 in losing 8-1 at home to Nairn County, while Buckie left Claggan Park with a point, meaning they went a full season without defeating Fort William.

Clachnacuddin and Strathspey Thistle clash off at Grant Street Park, while Strathspey’s home match with Huntly was postponed due to a frozen pitch, Clachnacuddin picked up a surprise away win at Inverurie Locos, former Elgin City player Ian Polworth is another name touted for the Elgin post and will be eager to get a few more wins on the board before making any sort of decision.


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