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Highland League weekend preview: Rothes vs Inverurie Locos game of the day


By Jonathan Clark


IT IS set to be another big weekend in the Highland League – with all five of Moray's clubs in action.

Dale Wood...Huntly FC (1) vs Rothes FC (3) - Christie Park, Huntly - Highland Football League 24/08/2019...Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.044657.
Dale Wood...Huntly FC (1) vs Rothes FC (3) - Christie Park, Huntly - Highland Football League 24/08/2019...Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.044657.

Rothes against Inverurie Locos at Mackessack Park provides the game of the weekend, with Locos, who have won six games in a row, visiting a Rothes side who are without a manager but playing well.

Locos start the game as slight favourites, but Rothes' joint-caretaker manager Nathan Sharp said "this is what you play football for, these are the sort of games you want to play in".

Forres Mechanics will be looking for a reaction after they lost a two goal lead to draw 2-2 against Wick Academy in midweek, but it won't be easy as they travel to Formartine United. Mechanics start the game as 5/1 outsiders.

Manager Charlie Rowley hopes to have Stuart Soane, who recently bagged his 100th Mechanics goal in record time, back for the match.

He said: "I'll have to think long and hard about a team for Saturday given how well we performed at Fraserburgh last weekend.

"We need to bounce back in terms of performance levels (from Wick on Wednesday). If the performance levels improve we are in with a chance of getting something out the game."

Buckie Thistle play host to a bouyant Fort William – who picked up their first league victory in 882 days during the week with a 1-0 success over bottom of the table Clachnacuddin.

Keith, off the back of a respectable point at home against Nairn County, host lowly Huntly – who picked up their first point of the campaign on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at Strathspey Thistle.

Lossiemouth face a tricky looking, but not impossible, task at Wick Academy. Wick should really have left Forres with all three points during the week and will be eager to beat Lossie, who have three points to their name this campaign.

Elsewhere, Clachnacuddin have a good opportunity to get their first points as they host Turriff United, Deveronvale are outsiders at home to Brora Rangers and Nairn County play Fraserburgh as the Highland club celebrate 100 years of existence – dating back to September 13, 1919.



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