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Sutherland strikes again as Speysiders go fifth


By Craig Christie


ROTHES moved into fifth place in the Highland League with victory at Strathspey Thistle on Saturday.

Ali Sutherland scored again in Rothes' 2-1 win at Strathspey Thistle
Ali Sutherland scored again in Rothes' 2-1 win at Strathspey Thistle

New boss Ross Jack made it back-to-back victories in charge of the Speysiders, who won 2-1 in Grantown to move up the rankings.

Two goals in a 90 second spell after half time set up the Moray side's success.

Centre back Bruce Milne opened the scoring on 53 minutes and on-form attacker Ali Sutherland continued his purple patch of goals with a quickfire second.

Martin Duncan's late effort for the home side wasn't enough to prevent Rothes from continuing their good start to the campaign.

With leaders Buckie Thistle's visit to Turriff United called off due to a waterlogged pitch, Brora Rangers took over top spot on goal difference.

League table P W D L F A Pts

Brora Rangers 9 8 0 1 35 4 24

Buckie Thistle 9 8 0 1 24 8 24

Fraserburgh 9 7 2 0 36 11 23

Formartine Utd 9 7 0 2 28 5 21

Rothes 9 6 1 2 22 9 19

Inverurie Locos 9 6 0 3 26 17 18

Nairn County 8 5 2 1 17 13 17

Wick Academy 9 4 2 3 18 19 14

Keith 9 4 2 3 15 26 14

Strathspey Thistle 9 3 1 5 13 19 10

Forres Mechanics 8 2 2 4 19 19 8

Turriff United 9 1 2 6 10 25 5

Deveronvale 7 1 1 5 7 15 4

Fort William 8 1 0 7 6 27 3

Lossiemouth 9 1 0 8 4 30 3

Huntly 8 0 2 6 9 25 2

Clachnacuddin 8 0 1 7 7 24 1

The Cattachs had a tough away game at Inverurie Locos on paper but they made light work of it, winning 6-1 at Harlaw Park.

Lossiemouth has several players missing for their home game against fourth-placed Formartine United, who won 4-0 at Grant Park.

Graeme Rodger broke down Lossie's resistance with a 36th minute goal and Michael Clark added a second before the break.

Sub Conor Gethins and Gary McGowan added two more in the closing 20 minutes.

Fraserburgh's home game against Huntly also fell victim to the wet weather, with the only other league game to go ahead being Wick's 4-1 victory at Fort William.

Of the two scheduled Scottish Cup first round replays, only one went ahead as Deveronvale's clash with Spartans was postponed due to a waterlogged Princess Royal Park.

Clach booked a second round home clash with Brora as they defeated Nairn 2-1, helped by goals in each half by Blair Lawrie and Sean Webb. Liam Shewan's last minute goal was too late for Nairn.



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