Published: 15/02/2017 18:22 - Updated: 15/02/2017 18:29

Midweek action for Moray clubs

BOBBY Beckwith will take his Grant Park bow in his first home game in charge of Lossiemouth tonight (Wednesday).Forres-Cove

The new Coasters manager leads his team into battle in a league match against Wick Academy.

Beckwith says he hopes his players show the same hard working qualities as they did in Saturday’s 4-2 cup defeat against Cove Rangers.

Two late goals denied Lossie extra time that day but the boss was pleased by what he saw in his first game at the helm.

"The boys have set a standard now," he said. "They gave me everything, a hundred per cent.

"The commitment was good and that’s the level they’ve set, so we won’t expect anything less than that.

"If they are going to get anything out of tonight’s game against Wick they are going to have to play the same."

Also in action are Rothes, who play their rearranged Highland League Cup tie against Formartine United which was postponed on Wednesday.

Boss Steven MacDonald signed five players this week on loan from Caley Thistle, but four of them featured in the Premiership club’s development league match against Hibs yesterday and won’t be able to play against Formartine.

Only striker Keir Smith (18), from Turriff, may make his debut.

Right back Chris Brown (20), left back Stephen Rennie (19), centre half Ryan McRitchie (17) and midfielder Struan McArthur (19), the latterly an ex-Rothes player from a previous loan spell, will have to wait to make their debuts.

Forres Mechanics could be leg weary when they host Brora Rangers after their marathon cup-tie against Buckie Thistle on Saturday.

The Cans won on penalties after a thrilling 4-4 draw and extra time, and welcome back Craig McGovern to their squad.

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