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Highland Football League weekend review & preview

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On Wednesday night, Formartine United made advantage of Brora Rangers’s game at Fort William being postponed by washing aside Huntly 10-0 in a game which Cammy Keith found the net 6 times, those six goals take Keith’s tally to 27 for the season.

It’s been a bad week for Cove Rangers and Fraserburgh put more misery on Kevin Tindal’s side by winning 5-1, PA Bruce got his 2nd hat trick in a succession of weeks and Scott Barbour bagged a brace, Stuart Walker got a consolation for Cove.

Meanwhile Clachnacuddin beat Strathspey Thistle 2-1 thanks to a double from Paul Brindle. Although Jordan Wardrope pulled one back for the Jags, Iain Polworth’s men held on.

The big news in the Highland League towers this week is the news that Brora Rangers have been kicked out the Highland League Cup for fielding 17-year-old Liam Watt who is an ineligible player, Brora have confirmed that they will take legal action against the Highland League.

Brora will aim to put that in the back of their minds tomorrow when they travel to MacKessack Park to take on Rothes with the hosts keen to add to their Highland League cup victory away to Keith last week.

A highland derby takes place at Grant Street Park as Nairn County make the short journey into the Highland capital to take on Clachnacuddin, Les Fridge’s side will be keen for the points to keep up the pressure on Brora.

Fresh after their 10-0 thrashing of Huntly on Wednesday night, Formartine United will aim to make home advantage count again when Fraserburgh come knocking at the door, the Broch will have their own aspirations after beating last season’s champions Cove.

Inverurie Locos have won their last three games and will feel confident that they can add to that when they host bottom side Fort William.

Lossiemouth picked up a brilliant win away to Wick Academy and will travel to Deveronvale tomorrow looking for another shock, Vale picked up a draw at home to champions elect Brora Rangers last week in a game where they could have won and the Vale fans will be expecting a home win.

It’ll be a reunion for Gregg Carroll as the manager who led Buckie Thistle to titles in the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 campaigns will welcome back his former side to Christie Park, Huntly will aim to brush away the memories of the 10-0 drubbing to Formartine on Wednesday night.

Turriff United and Cove Rangers have had their off field problems over the last month and will aim to put that on the back of their minds when they play each other at the Haughs, both sides would gain confidence if they got a result after a tough few weeks.

Strathspey Thistle have had a few tough fixtures over the last few weeks and it doesn’t get easier for the Seafield Park outfit who host 2011/2012 league champions Forres Mechanics, Forres will aim to go up the league with a win.

Keith and Wick Academy both bowed out the cup to Rothes and Lossiemouth respectively last week and will both be trying to get the win to try to shoot up the league table.

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