Mosset Park set for Moray derby clash
TWO of the leagues most in-form teams will clash when Forres Mechanics meet Rothes at Mosset Park tomorrow.
Rothes won this particular Moray derby 4-1 on the opening day of the season – but plenty has changed since then, including the Speysiders' management team.
Steven MacDonald was in charge for that match. He has since been replaced by Ross Jack, and the new man in charge has won all of his league matches so far.
He said: "Forres have been on a great run but our form has not been too shabby either.
“We know how they like to play and they rely on Stuart Soane but have other strengths as well. It will an interesting game and we are looking forward to it.”
Tomorrow's match will be the first Rothes have played away from home since September 28, and only their second in November after last Saturday's 3-0 win over Turriff United.
Jack added: "I’m going crazy but it is what it is. The weather is just hammering the pitches at the moment.
“The boys have been great and have trained extremely well. There might not be many matches but we are certainly fit.”
Mechanics manager Charlie Rowley knows to expect a tough game when Rothes visit, but says his team are in better shape than they were for the loss to Rothes at the start of the season.
He said: "The opposition is becoming a wee bit stronger. I’m looking forward to it.
“The 4-1 loss is an example of when we were struggling for numbers at the start of the season against a really good outfit.
“Now we are certainly in a better place in terms of the squad. I’m expecting a tough game nonetheless but we should be better prepared for it than we were at the start of the season.”
Buckie Thistle are away to Strathspey Thistle, while Keith host Clachnacuddin.
Buckie manager Graeme Stewart said: "No game is easy in the Highland League and we will have to be at our best.
"Strathspey have always been difficult for us."
Keith boss Dean Donaldson, similarly, is expecting a tough task when his side welcome a new-look Clach to Kynoch Park.
He said: "They will be a good side and their new management team will give them a lift.
"They have a few experienced boys and we will need to be at our best."
Lossiemouth have a free week with their next match away to Fort William on December 7.