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Highland League weekend preview – 8th February 2014

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Brora Rangers will be aiming to consolidate their lead at the top when they host Keith who have been out of action for a fortnight due to the weather.

Up the A9 and an important game awaits for Formartine United away to Brora’s rivals Wick Academy, Formartine can’t afford any more slip-ups going into the business end of the season.

An all Aberdeenshire clash takes place at Bellslea where Fraserburgh and Inverurie Locos clash, this is the 1st time this season that both sides will have played each other and a game that both sides will be eager to get points from to keep up with the leading pack.

Nairn County were on the wrong side of a shock 0-0 draw against Strathspey Thistle last Saturday and will be eager to bounce back against Charlie Charlesworth’s Deveronvale who will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 home defeat against Clachnacuddin.

Forres Mechanics picked up a confidence boosting 3-1 victory over Cove last Saturday and will be hoping for another three points when they make the short journey to take on Lossiemouth who managed to get a point after a 0-0 draw against Wick Academy.

The big story in the Highland League this week was the news that Chris Clark has signed for last year’s Highland League winners Cove Rangers in a signing that chairman Keith Moorhouse described as the biggest in the club’s history, the former Dons player will be hoping he inspires his side to victory at home to Fort William.

Both Clachnacuddin and Turriff United picked up good wins over Deveronvale and Huntly respectively last week, an exciting game could be in prospect with both teams starting to find form again.

It’s the battle of the Jags at Victoria Park when Buckie welcome Strathspey, both sides managed to get good results last week with Buckie drawing away to Inverurie Locos and Strathspey ending stalemate at home to Nairn County.

Finally at Christie Park, Rothes make the short trip to Huntly feeling unlucky as a last minute winner from Formartine’s Stuart Anderson denied the Speysiders a share of the spoils against United. Huntly go into this game still without a permanent manager.

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