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Highland League round-up: Ten man Forres Mechanics go down to Brechin City loss as Buckie Thistle beat champions Fraserburgh


By Jonathan Clark

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Forres Mechanics forward Lee Fraser who, along with brother Graham, was again out injured for the Cans today. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Forres Mechanics forward Lee Fraser who, along with brother Graham, was again out injured for the Cans today. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

FORRES Mechanics went down to a 1-0 defeat against Brechin City at Mosset Park after going to 10 men for the second game in a row.

The Can-Cans went 1-0 behind within 25 minutes thanks to a goal from Kevin McHattie – who also scored in a 1-0 win for Brechin at Mosset Park last season.

Ben Barron was sent off for Mechanics just five minutes after that goal, with the score remaining 1-0.

Buckie Thistle set down a title marker after securing an impressive 2-1 victory over last season's Highland League champions Fraserburgh at Victoria Park.

After beating Wick Academy 2-1 at home on opening day, the Jags did the same to the Broch – again scoring a winner in the last 15 minutes.

Buckie took the lead on 53 minutes through Kevin Fraser, before a Paul Campbell strike with 20 minutes left to play levelled the scores.

Andy MacAskill's 75th minute penalty, after Kieran Simpson fouled Kyle MacLeod, proved to be the winning goal.

Buckie Thistle's Sam Urquhart (right) and Andy MacAskill celebrate. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Buckie Thistle's Sam Urquhart (right) and Andy MacAskill celebrate. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Buckie are one of four teams to have won both their opening matches – along with Brora Rangers, Brechin City and Formartine United.

Brora were also made to work hard for three points by Turriff United, who took the lead through Aaron Reid at the start of the second half.

But goals from former Elgin City man Tony Dingwall and Jordan MacRae completed a turnaround win for the Cattachs.

Formartine United were convincing winners over Strathspey Thistle – knocking the visitors for six.

A hat-trick from Jonathan Smith, a brace from Julian Wade and a Mark Gallagher goal gave the Pitmedden side a 6-1 success. Former Dufftown forward Ben Cullen grabbed his first goal for Strathspey.

There was disappointment for the remainder of Moray's sides, although Rothes did at least have a point to celebrate with a 2-2 draw away at Nairn County.

41-year-old Steven Mackay grabbed his first goal in tangerine, with Michael Finnis also hitting the back of the net. Andy Greig bagged a double for the home side.

Lossiemouth went down to a second defeat in two games as goals from Dane Ballard and Kyle MacKillop-Hall saw them lose 2-0 to Deveronvale at Princess Royal Park.

Keith were beaten 1-0 away at Wick Academy thanks to Gordon MacNab's goal on 47 minutes, with the Maroons ending with 10 men after Ryan Robertson saw red just before the hour mark.

Huntly are one of four sides – along with Lossiemouth, Keith and Strathy – who remain pointless after two matches. The Black and Golds were beaten 1-0 at home by Clachnacuddin thanks to a Connor Bunce goal.

The final game of the weekend saw Highland League newcomers Banks o' Dee draw 1-1 for the second time in succession, this time against Inverurie Loco Works.

Fergus Alberts gave Locos the lead at Harlaw Park before a second half equaliser from Magnus Watson saw the game end all square.



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