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Highland Football League weekend preview – Saturday 22nd February 2014

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Brora Rangers aim to consolidate their lead at the top when they play host to 2nd bottom Strathspey Thistle at Dudgeon Park, the Cattachs will also be able to find out the extent of Ritchie Hart’s injury after he was brought off in their victory last week in Inverurie.

One team who will be keen to catch up on the Sutherland outfit will be 3rd placed Formartine United who travel to in-form Clachnacuddin who have won five games on the bounce, Steve Paterson’s side will be eager for the game to be on after a few weeks out of action, Steve Paterson has signed a two year extension to his contract keeping him at North Lodge Park until the summer of 2016.

It’s a dress rehearsal for the Aberdeenshire Shield final at Allan Park when Cove Rangers and Inverurie Locos meet, we revealed in yesterday’s Aberdeenshire Shield review that Cove had fielded an ineligible player in their 2-0 victory over Turriff however United also face a probe after ADFA secretary Brian Christie confirmed they are also investigating whether Turriff breached the same rule by including former Torry Select keeper Paul Willox in their squad. It’s believed Willox only joined Turriff the day before the clash with Cove.

Nairn County picked up a confidence boosting win at Turriff last week and aim to make home advantage count with a win over Rothes, star striker Conor Gethins came on for the last 23 minutes at the Haughs and could be in contention for a starting place tomorrow.

Huntly make the long trip to Wick Academy without David Booth and Marek Madle who were sent off in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat in the Aberdeenshire Shield to Inverurie Locos, both managers are going for their 1st win since taking over their respective helms.

Deveronvale make the short trip along the coast to take on Fraserburgh knowing that a win for the hosts will hurdle the Broch over the Banffers, Kris Hunter’s side picked up a 3-2 win away to Strathspey last weekend where as Deveronvale were out of action.

Forres Mechanics held Wick Academy to a 2-2 draw at Mosset Park last weekend and have home advantage again when Fort William come knocking at the door, the can-cans are undefeated in three.

Turriff United will aim to get the two defeats and what’s going on behind the scenes in the Aberdeenshire Shield out of their head when they travel to Buckie Thistle, the Jags are undefeated since the 4th January.

Lossiemouth and Keith meet in a Moray derby at Grant Park, Lossie haven’t been defeated since the 18th January and a win for them will leapfrog Keith, the Maroons have only played once this month and will be keen to get the 9-0 thrashing by Brora Rangers 2 weeks ago out of their system.

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