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GPH Builders Merchants Highland League Cup hands trophy holders Rothes a trip to Deveronvale or Lossiemouth

By Craig Christie

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THERE could be three derby ties in the first round of this season's Highland League Cup.

Holders Rothes celebrate their Highland League Cup final success last October. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Holders Rothes celebrate their Highland League Cup final success last October. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Friday's draw gave Brora Rangers a preliminary round trip to Fort William with the winners away to Wick Academy.

The other prelim match sees Deveronvale host Lossiemouth, with holders Rothes awaiting the visitors of that match in round one.

Inverurie Locos host Huntly in a derby while Formartine United play host to Brechin City's first-ever venture into the tournament.

GPH Builders Merchants signed a two-year deal to become title sponsor of the competition.

Managing Director Grant Shewan, who is also a director at SPFL League Two side Elgin City, said: “We are delighted to help promote Highland League football and continue our longstanding support of sport and community activities in the region.

“We’re thrilled to put the GPH Builders Merchants name to the competition for the next two years, and it’s great the trophy will be played for in front of the loyal supporters who sadly missed out last season.”

GPH Builders Merchants Highland League Cup preliminary round draw (ties October 30)

Fort William v Brora Rangers

Deveronvale v Lossiemouth

First round (November 13)

Keith v Fraserburgh

Buckie Thistle v Nairn County

Inverurie Locos v Huntly

Wick Academy v Fort William or Brora Rangers

Formartine United v Brechin City

Clachnacuddin v Strathspey Thistle

Deveronvale or Lossiemouth v Rothes

Forres Mechanics v Turriff United

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