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Highland Football League weekend preview – 15th February 2014

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The match of the day in the Highland League is without a doubt at Harlaw Park where league leaders Brora Rangers make the long trip to face 4th placed Inverurie Locos, both sides will take confidence from good wins over Fraserburgh and Keith last weekend.

One team who will be keeping an eye on proceedings at Harlaw Park will be Formartine United who host Huntly with Gregg Carrol set to make his return to the dug-outs again. The hosts will be hoping for the game to be on after seeing their match away to Wick last week postponed.

Cove Rangers make the short trip along the A96 to face Keith with ex Aberdeen winger Chris Clark eager that it’s third time lucky after seeing matches against Fort William and Turriff United postponed. The Allan Park outfit confirmed last night that they have brought in Ewan Moyes on a short-term loan deal from Brechin City.

Fraserburgh will aim to bounce back from last Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Fraserburgh when they make the journey to Grantown to take on Strathspey Thistle, despite the loss, the Broch are in a good position to finish in the top five.

Deveronvale and Buckie Thistle meet in a local derby with both sides getting positive results last week. A Buckie win will mean the Jags are only three points behind their rivals where as a Vale win will get their confidence back who are searching their first win in three.

Forres Mechanics and Wick Academy have had some good encounters in recent times and spectators should expect the same tomorrow at Mosset Park, Wick Academy announced the appointment of ex Ross County and Burnley player Gordon Connelly on Monday.

Turriff United have never beat Nairn County in the Highland League and will hoping that it changes when Les Fridge’s side make the trip to Turra who will be aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat from Clachnacuddin last weekend.

Clachnacuddin are enjoying a good run at the moment and will go to Rothes full of confidence, the Speysiders will be hoping that they can bounce from a 6-0 defeat at Huntly. Bringing in Rab Mulheron as assistant manager at the McKessack Park side has helped the young lads there.

Two of the bottom four meet in Claggan Park and a Lossiemouth win could mean the Coasters jump one place into 14th with the Lochaber side also keen to get a win to have a chance of climbing out the bottom spot. Lossie have this week been boosted by the news that manager Steve Dunn has signed a new contract.

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