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Highland League preview: Fort William game off, Forres Mechanics and Lossiemouth meet in Moray derby while Buckie Thistle look to end Formartine United bogey


By Craig Christie

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SATURDAY'S Highland League action includes at Moray derby at Mosset Park and a test for unbeaten leaders Fraserburgh.

Forres take on Lossie in a Mosset Park derby. Picture: Eric Cormack.
Forres take on Lossie in a Mosset Park derby. Picture: Eric Cormack.

One game has already fallen by the way side, with Covid issues rendering Fort William unable to play for the second game running, meaning their trip to Brechin City has been cancelled.

Table toppers Fraserburgh escaped from Buckie with a point on Wednesday, helped by two penalty kicks including a controversial stoppage time equaliser.

League table
League table

Read more: Highland League midweek round-up.

That was the Buchan side's first dropped points after five straight wins and they host Inverurie Locos, who drew with Rothes in new manager Richard Hastings' first game in charge.

Injury-hit Rothes head for undefeated Huntly, who saw a 3-1 half time lead slide in a 3-3 draw at Deveronvale in midweek.

It's Huntly versus Rothes at Christie Park. .Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
It's Huntly versus Rothes at Christie Park. .Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

It's derby day at Mosset Park where Forres Mechanics look to bounce back from a 4-0 loss at Brora when they entertain a Lossiemouth side licking their wounds after back-to-back losses to Strathspey Thistle and Clach.

Denied top spot in injury time on Wednesday, Buckie will be keen to get back to winning ways when they make the trip to Pitmedden to take on Formartine United.

Jags have already lost twice to United since the summer, once on penalties in a rescheduled Aberdeenshire Cup semi-final from last term and again in this season's Shire Cup.

Will it be third time lucky for Buckie, who have recalled Marcus Goodall from a loan spell at Huntly?

Formartine and Buckie clash for the third time in little over six weeks. Picture: Kyle Ritchie
Formartine and Buckie clash for the third time in little over six weeks. Picture: Kyle Ritchie

Champs Brora have returned to form with three straight wins and welcome Nairn County to Dudgeon Park.

Keith are unbeaten in three games since the departure of co-managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson, with two draws and a first win for new boss Craig Ewen against Wick on Wednesday.

The Maroons face a stern test away to a Strathspey Thistle side rejuvenated under manager Charlie Brown, and smarting from losing a 3-0 lead at Turriff in midweek for a 3-3 draw which denied them a third straight victory.

Deveronvale's comeback for a point against Huntly will spur them on for the long trip north to Wick, who have yet to taste victory having drawn four and lost two of their six games so far.

Saturday's Highland League games:

Brora Rangers v Nairn County

Clachnacuddin v Turriff United

Formartine United v Buckie Thistle

Forres Mechanics v Lossiemouth

Fort William P-P Brechin City

Fraserburgh v Inverurie Locos

Huntly v Rothes

Strathspey Thistle v Keith

Wick Academy v Deveronvale


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