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Wet weather leads to call-off for Highland League sides

By David Porter

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Across the north-east and Moray, Highland League matches fell foul of the horrendous rain at the weekend with several pitches put out of action due to being waterlogged.

That included Kynoch Park in Keith where Formartine who are currently sitting in seventh place were set to travel to take on the home side who are in fourteenth position.

Of the games that did go ahead, Brechin City forged ahead into second place with a comprehensive, although not one sided victory over second bottom Strathspey Thistle in a home game which saw them emerge as 7-3 victors.

Strathspey got the game off to a flying start with two goals in the first five minutes shocking the home fans, before Brechin turned it around and fired in seven in response, with Strathspey claiming a late third.

Over in Inverurie, Loco’s were made to work hard for their win with two first half goals from Keiran Shanks giving the home side the advantage before Huntly pulled one back from a Greg Buchan free kick.

A late penalty box scramble saw Huntly denied their equaliser in the last moments of the game to leave Loco’s in third place and Huntly in eleventh.

Nairn County welcomed Clachnacuddin in what ended up as a one all draw.

It was James Anderson who would open the scoring on nine minutes for Clach and Nairn were hard pressed to respond with Clach missing out on several chances to double their lead.

It took till 70 minutes for the response to come from Glenn Main to equalise.

Deveronvale's Michael Watson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Deveronvale's Michael Watson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Meanwhile several other fixtures were postponed due to sides playing in the GPH Builders Merchants League Cup.

Deveronvale advanced to the first round where they will face Rothes after a penalty shootout win over Lossiemouth.

The sides had met in the league the previous week with Vale winning 6-0, but this proved to be a much closer affair.

Lossie’s Ross Morrison opening goal on 61 minutes was countered by Innes McKay’s in injury time to force the shootout.

Ben Allan, Mike Watson, Ross Aitken and Jamieson all scored for the home side while Nathan Ross saw his effort saved by Logan Ross.

Liam Archibald was denied by Sean McIntosh before Niall Kennedy, Sewell and Fraser Forbes scored but Connor Macaulay blasted high over to see Vale advance.

n The Highland League have added four fixtures to the November programme on midweek dates.

On Wednesday, Forres Mechanics face Rothes and Lossiemouth host Brora Rangers

Also on November 17, Turriff host Brechin City while a week later on November 24, Keith are at home to Formartine United.

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