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Highland Football League midweek review & weekend preview

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Keith were the surprise package of the night running out 4-1 winners over Cove Rangers at Kynock Park, goals from Sean Keith, Stuart Massie, Scott Robison and Matthew McDonald enough for the hosts to come out on top with former Kynoch Park favourite Stuart Walker getting a consolation for managerless Cove.

Elsewhere Inverurie Locos kept up the challenge for 2nd spot in the league overcoming Forres Mechanics at Mosset Park with a 2-1 win, it means Locos have achieved their highest points haul since joining the Highland League.

Locos jumped from 4th to 2nd thanks to a late winner for Fraserburgh aginst Nairn County courtesy of Courtney Cooper with the hosts still missing top scorer Conor Gethins.

With Fort William v Clachnacuddin called off earlier in the day tonights only other match ended in an away win for Deveronvale thanks to a 93rd minute goal from Graeme Rodger overcoming Rothes at MacKessack Park after a great fight from the hosts.

Over to tomorrows fixtures and with the title now sealed, fans of most Highland league sides will feel there is now a lot of meaningless games until the end of the campaign on May 10th.

However there will still be a lot of jostling in the league table and a lot of big games to determine where teams will finish in the league this season.

A win for Fraserburgh in the Highland capital against Clachnacuddin will mean that the Broch will at least finish 5th this season and with a bit of luck could even finish in the top 4 this season.

70% of Brora’s population came out to Keith last weekend to witness the club secure it’s 1st league trophy and they will be hoping for no hangovers when they face a tough trip up to Huntly.

Cove Rangers have now lost the defence of their title and now face an 18 mile trip to face Formartine United in a re-run of last year’s title decider. Montrose defender Jonathan Crawford (who is out of contract in the summer) has been linked with a move to Cove however that could be off after Kevin Tindal’s resignation a couple of weeks ago.

Inverurie Locos will be aiming to keep their 2nd place when they host Wick Academy, former Peterhead forward Martin Bavidge is expected to come back into the side for Locos.

One side desperate to catch them will be Nairn County who are at home to Buckie Thistle however Les Fridge’s side have played 2 games more, it looks like Nairn will be without Gethins once again.

Deveronvale needed a last minute winner on Wednesday night to beat Rothes and will be hoping for no upsets tomorrow when they host bottom of the league Fort William to Princess Royal Park.

Forres Mechanics crashed to defeats over Buckie Thistle and Inverurie Locos in the space of a week and will be looking to bounce back with a win over Turriff United tomorrow, Meanwhile the Aberdeenshire shield between “Turra” and “Locos” will take place on the 30th April at Christie Park, Huntly.

Rothes and Lossiemouth meet in the Moray derby with an early kick-off of 2pm with Lossiemouth holding a sportsman’s dinner at night, Rothes confirmed after Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat by Vale that striker Sean McIntosh is on the transfer list, any interest in the player should get in touch with chairman Robbie Thomson or manager Greame Roy.

Finally, Keith travel along the A95 to face Strathspey Thistle fresh after a confidence boosting 4-1 win at home to Cove, that was Greame McBeath’s 1st home win at Kynoch Park.

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