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Weather puts paid to Moray cup derby

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WEDNESDAY night's North of Scotland Cup quarter-final between Rothes and Forres Mechanics has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Heavy rain throughout the day made Mackessack Park unplayable and the contest was called off at 3pm.

Keith's Aberdeenshire Cup first round tie at Inverurie Locos was also cancelled later in the afternoon, along with the Nairn County v Strathspey Thistle North Cup clash.

Rothes had been preparing to go into action without star striker Kris Duncan, who completed his move to Highland League rivals Deveronvale this week.

Kris Duncan was on target for Rothes
Kris Duncan was on target for Rothes

The 21-year-old, who scored 17 times for the Speysiders last season and added another two in their current campaign, played his last match for the club in the 5-1 defeat against Nairn County on Saturday.

Rothes accepted the Banff club's fifth bid for Duncan, and he is expected to make his debut at Princess Royal Park against Cove Rangers this weekend.

Rothes manager Graeme McBeath will now up his search for more strike power ahead of Saturday's league visit to Inverurie Locos.

Cup holders Forres were looking to build on their 4-0 weekend win against Fort William, and will next be in action at Fraserburgh on Saturday.

The Rothes v Forres quarter-final has been rescheduled for the following Wednesday (August 17), and the winners will host either Nairn or Strathspey.

See Friday's Northern Scot for all the latest news on Moray's Highland League clubs.

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