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Forres Mechanics hope to storm to Turriff win

By Jonathan Clark

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FORRES Mechanics will have to beat another batch of bad weather if they are to take three points against Turriff United at Mosset Park on Saturday.

After drawing 2-2 with Buckie Thistle in the midst of Storm Ciara, Forres’ match at Fort William on Saturday was called off thanks to Storm Dennis.

Calum Howarth is out of the match through suspension. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Calum Howarth is out of the match through suspension. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

And high winds are now expected for Saturday’s clash with Turriff.

READ MORE: Forres Mechanics player update.

If the game does go ahead, Mechanics will be favourites to win – but manager Charlie Rowley will give the opposition the respect they deserve.

He said: “If we play to our potential we will be big favourites to win the game, but you can never take anything for granted.

“There can be unfortunate decisions or mistakes which give them something to hold onto.

“They have got decent players. Their defensive record is not the best just now, which we hope to capitalise on, but they are enthusiastic, young, fit and not as bad as some of their results have shown. However, it’s one we are capable of winning.”

The fixture postponement at Fort William on Saturday afternoon was one Mechanics were planning for.

The Lochaber outfit have played just 17 league matches this season, three less than anyone else and nine less than Forres.

Rowley, however, was disappointed in the time it took for the match to be called off.

“We were definitely preparing for the match to be called off with the midweek forecast,” he said.

“We were disappointed it took until the Friday for the decision to be made.

“Our season is going to be extended now because there no free days we can fit this match in.

“Ideally, we don’t want it to be extended too long but there is going to be a fixture backlog for Fort William.”

The postponement also means Calum Howarth, shown two yellows against Buckie, is suspended for the Turriff match, with Stuart Soane banned for the Turriff and Fraserburgh matches after his straight red card.

The good news is Martin Groat and Aaron Hamilton are back from injury and will be in the squad.

Meanwhile, Mechanics held an EGM last night, at which new members of the board were announced and a question and answer session was held.

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