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Highland League goals galore

By Craig Christie

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IT was a day for surprise results in the Highland League on Saturday.

Keith skipper Cammy Keith scored four times in the 7-1 thrashing of Strathspey Thistle.
Keith skipper Cammy Keith scored four times in the 7-1 thrashing of Strathspey Thistle.

At the top end, leaders Buckie Thistle and second-placed Fraserburgh both lost, while at the other end Lossiemouth climbed off the bottom with a famous win.

Keith were top scorers with seven, including four from skipper Cammy Keith in their romp over Strathspey Thistle.

The shock of the day was Huntly's 4-3 win over Buckie, particularly as the Christie Park men were 4-0 up inside 20 minutes.

Former Jag Kai Ross struck Huntly's opener and captain Ross Still netted twice with Elgin City loan defender also on target in an incredible first quarter.

Andy MacAskill got one back for Buckie and sub Sam Urquhart added a second soon after the interval.

A third Buckie goal by Scott Adams near the end set home nerves jangling but they held on for victory.

Buckie remain top, with Fraserburgh's unbeaten start ended by a 3-2 defeat at home to Inverurie Locos.

League table P W D L F A Pts

Buckie Thistle 13 11 0 2 37 14 33

Brora Rangers 12 10 0 2 39 7 30

Inverurie Locos 13 10 0 3 36 20 30

Fraserburgh 12 9 2 1 43 14 29

Rothes 12 9 1 2 32 10 28

Nairn County 11 7 2 2 21 16 23

Formartine United 10 7 1 2 28 5 22

Forres Mechanics 13 5 2 6 35 26 17

Keith 14 5 2 7 24 42 17

Deveronvale 12 5 1 6 18 20 16

Wick Academy 13 4 2 7 21 27 14

Strathspey Thistle 12 3 1 8 16 30 10

Huntly 13 2 4 7 17 34 10

Turriff United 13 2 2 9 16 38 8

Lossiemouth 13 2 0 11 7 39 6

Clachnacuddin 12 1 2 9 10 29 5

Fort William 10 1 0 9 9 38 3

Chris Angus made it 14 goals in ten games for Locos with a double to help earn a result which puts Locos firmly in title contention.

Lossiemouth won for the first time since the opening day, boosted by the arrival of Elgin City loan striker Kyle Willis.

The Coasters hosted Turriff United and took an early lead through Ryan Sewell, before Willis chipped in with a debut goal and set up Ross Elliot for a third before the break.

The win took Lossie above Fort William and Clach in the table.

Clach lost 3-0 at Rothes, with Ally MacKenzie, Gregg Main and Ryan McRiotchie on target for the Speysiders, who stay fifth.

Keith ended a seven-game run without victory in some style, smashing Strathspey Thistle 7-1.

As well as captain Cammy Keith's four-goal haul, Jamie McAllister, Craig MacAskill and Ross County loan youngster Gregor MacDonald also netted to fire the Maroons into a 7-0 lead after an hour, before Liam Taylor grabbed a consolation.

Deveronvale made it four consecutive wins with a 2-1 success at Forres Mechanics, who had won their last three.

Colin Charlesworth scored for Vale before the break and Robert Scott added a second. Stuart Soane's late strike proved to be little comfort for the Cans.

In the Scottish Cup, Formartine United earned a third round tie at home to Lowland League East Kilbride by winning 2-1 in a replay at Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Fort William's dream was ended by a 5-0 home loss to Albion Rovers.

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