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Highland League round-up: Keith end losing run with victory at Nairn County, Forres Mechanics go down again and wins for Buckie Thistle and Brora Rangers


By Craig Christie

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FIVE Highland League games beat the weather with plenty goals, red cards and a missed penalty.

Scott Gray scored twice in Buckie Thistle's 3-1 win at Nairn. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Scott Gray scored twice in Buckie Thistle's 3-1 win at Nairn. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Keith ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 success at Nairn County.

Scott Gray was the Maroons' two-goal hero, opening and finishing the scoring at Station Park.

The striker netted on 26 minutes before team-mate Matthew Tough netted his first goal for Keith ten minutes later.

Nairn had Adam Porritt sent off early in the second half but quickly pulled a goal back through Glenn Main.

Within sixth seconds Gray added a third for Keith, who then had Liam Strachan red carded for an alleged dive.

Buckie Thistle moved up to second with a 5-0 win at Lossiemouth.

Two more Buckie Thistle goals for Sam Urquhart. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Two more Buckie Thistle goals for Sam Urquhart. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Sam Urquhart (2), Jack Murray, Kyle MacLeod and Mark McLauchlan got the goals for Jags at Grant Park.

Urquhart made it 16 goals for the season with his derby brace.

Current league standings
Current league standings

Forres Mechanics' new boss Gordon Connelly is still looking for his first win at charge following Cans' 2-0 loss at Wick Academy.

Keeper Lee Herbert saved a Jack Halliday first half penalty on his Forres debut on loan from Buckie.

But Herbert was beaten by two Ryan Campbell strikes in a ten-minute period after the interval.

Doubles by Jordan Macrae and Matthew Wright helped Brora Rangers to a 4-0 win at home to Deveronvale.

Wright now has 21 goals for the season on loan from Ross County, and Brora move up to fourth.

In the day's early kick-off, Clach and Inverurie Locos fought out a goalless draw.

The matches at Rothes, Strathspey Thistle and Formartine were called off.

North junior superleague side Banks o'Dee are through to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup after a 2-1 win over League One East Fife.


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