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Highland Football League weekend review: 11th January 2014

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Formartine United maintained their slender one point lead at the top of the HFL after an emphatic 8-0 victory over Strathspey Thistle, Stuart Anderson who just signed from Brechin City got his debut off to a great start with a goal and that was followed up by a Cammy Keith hat-trick (his fourth of the season), a Mike Ewen brace, and goals from Neil McVitie and Callum Bagshaw.

Brora Rangers kept up with them in second place [and have three games in hand over Formartine]after a 3-1 win over last year’s Highland League champions Cove Rangers. Goals from Steven Mackay, Zander Sutherland and Dale Gillespie earned the Cattachs all three points.

Scott Barbour bagged a hat-trick in Fraserburgh’s 3-1 win over Lossiemouth jumping above Buckie Thistle into seventh place.

Inverurie Locos have also had a bright start to the year as they inflicted a 5-1 hammering upon rivals Huntly in the Gordon derby.

Clachnacuddin beat Keith 2-1 at Grant Street Park and are only two points behind the Maroons in 14th, Alan Pollock and Martin Laing got the goals for the Lilywhites.

A late header from Stuart Soane at Victoria Park meant that Buckie Thistle and Forres Mechanics had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Wick Academy picked up their first win in two months after a 4-1 win over Turriff United, a Gary Weir double, James Pickles and Sam Mckay were enough for the Scorries to pick up all three points.

Nairn County kept up the pressure on Brora and Formartine at the top thanks to a 3-0 win over Fort William, goals from Archie MacPhee, Robbie Duncanson and Stuart Leslie gave the Station Park outfit the three points.

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