FOCHABERS have dropped out of the North junior football ranks for a season.
The Speyside outfit have elected to be non-playing members next term with the aim of returning to Division 1 West the following year.
Elgin’s Bishopmill United will not be coming back, as the club sat out the last campaign but have shown no interest in maintaining their membership. However Lossiemouth United are back next season, and have been drawn to face one of the North juniors’ new entries in the forthcoming Grill League Cup competition.
Grantown FC have been given provisional entry into the league next term, coming in alongside Spey Valley FC in a new-look Division 1 which will also include Lossie and the rest of the Moray clubs.
Three of the cup draws for next term have been made, with Lossiemouth United and Grantown FC (provisionally) being drawn in Section 1 with Ellon united, Hall Russell United and Sunnybank.
Portgordon Vics are scheduled to take on new boys Spey Valley in Group 2 along with Parkvale, Buchanhaven and Nairn, while Islavale and Burghead Thistle take on Deveronside, Stonehaven and Longside in Section 3.
The only Moray side in section 4 is Dufftown, grouped with Banchory, Dyce, FC Stoneywood and Fraserburgh. Superleague New Elgin play Whitehills, Cruden Bay and Hermes in section 6.
Forres Thistle’s opponents in group 7 are Glentanar, Colony Park and Newmachar United, while Buckie Rovers are in a tough section with Inverness City, Lewis United and East End.
The winners from each section progress to the quarter-finals.
In the Dominos Pizza North Regional Cup, Burghead and Portgordon have been drawn together in the preliminary round at Forest Park.
Other ties at the first stage are: Colony Park v Culter, New Elgin v Whitehills, Newmachar United v Bridge of Don Thistle and FC Stoneywood v Aberdeen University (provisional).
First Round draw:
Colony Park or Culter v Deveronside
Lewis United v Islavale
East End v Stonehaven
Banchory St Ternan v Newmachar United or Bridge of Don Thistle
Banks o’ Dee v Forres Thistle
Cruden Bay v Lossiemouth United
Sunnybank v Fraserburgh United
Parkvale v Ellon United
Nairn St Ninian v New Elgin or Whitehills
Glentanar v Buckie Rovers
FC Stoneywood or Aberdeen University v Maud
Buchanhaven Hearts v Spey Valley FC (provisional)
Dyce Juniors v Longside
Hall Russell United v Burghead Thistle or Portgordon Victoria
Grantown FC (provisional) v Inverness City
Hermes v Dufftown
Finally, the draw for the GA Engineering Cup is as follows:
Buckie Rovers v Fraserburgh United
Whitehills v Islavale
Newmachar United v FC Stoneywood
Grantown FC (provisional) v Hermes
Forres Thistle v Grantown FC or Hermes
East End v Banchory St Ternan
Inverness City v Buchanhaven Hearts
Lewis United v Longside
Maud v Banks o’ Dee
Hall Russell United v Ellon United
Parkvale v Buckie Rovers or Fraserburgh United
Cruden Bay v Burghead Thistle
Dyce Juniors v Lossiemouth United
Nairn St Ninian v Culter
Sunnybank v New Elgin
Spey Valley FC (provisional) v Stonehaven
Deveronside v Glentanar
Colony Park v Whitehills or Islavale
Dufftown v Bridge of Don Thistle
Newmachar United or FC Stoneywood v Portgordon Victoria
Fixtures copyright of the North Region Junior Football Association 2014