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Highland League round-up: Lossiemouth win at Turriff United for the first time while nine-man Forres Mechanics held in derby clash at Nairn County


By Craig Christie

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LOSSIEMOUTH climbed out of the bottom three in the Highland League after their first-ever league win at Turriff United.

Dean Stewart netted in Lossiemouth's first win at The Haughs. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Dean Stewart netted in Lossiemouth's first win at The Haughs. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

First half goals by Ross Elliott and Dean Stewart took the Coasters to their second league victory of the season as they won 2-0 at The Haughs.

Ross Elliott got Lossie's opener at Turriff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Ross Elliott got Lossie's opener at Turriff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Forres Mechanics had two players sent off in the derby at Nairn County but were denied victory by a late equaliser.

Conor Gethins' fifth goal of the season edged Nairn ahead before Forres had Ross Macpherson sent off for an alleged headbutt offence.

Cans' ten men rallied after the break with Robbie Duncanson scoring against his former club to level, then Allan Macphee scored on the hour to edge Forres in front.

Allan macphee was on target for Forres Mechanics at Nairn. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Allan macphee was on target for Forres Mechanics at Nairn. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Callum Maclean poked in a Nairn equaliser on 78 minutes and Mechanics had Craig Dorrat red carded for a late lunge in the closing minutes.

Deveronvale were the big winners of the day as three goals in a 12-minute first half spell saw off Strathspey Thistle.

Max Stewart struck Vale's opener on 33 minutes before captain Ross Aitken netted just before the break, and Grant Noble added a third in stoppage time.

Ross Aitken (left) was one of three Deveronvale scorers in their win over Strathspey Thistle. Picture: Gary Anthony..
Ross Aitken (left) was one of three Deveronvale scorers in their win over Strathspey Thistle. Picture: Gary Anthony..

Keith manager Craig Ewen tasted defeat for the first time in charge of the Maroons as Clach ended a four-game unbeaten run for the Kynoch Park side.

Second half goals by Eachainn Miller and James Anderson (2) landed the Inverness visitors a 3-0 success.

North Cup finalists Rothes were held at home by Wick Academy, who have now drawn six of their opening eight games.

Ross Gunn's first half goal for the Speysiders was cancelled out by a Gordon MacNab equaliser.

Ross Gunn grabbed Rothes' goal in the 1-1 draw with Wick. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Ross Gunn grabbed Rothes' goal in the 1-1 draw with Wick. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Inverurie Locos gave manager Richard Hastings his first win in charge, a 3-1 derby success over Formartine United at Harlaw Park.

Greg Mitchell and Rob Ward gave Locos a 2-0 interval lead and although Jonny Crawford pulled one back, Kieran Shanks sealed the Locos victory.

The last remaining Highland League team in the SPFL Trust Trophy, Buckie Thistle, were defeated 4-0 at Championship leaders Caley Thistle.

Fraserburgh are six points clear at the top of the Highland League after their 4-0 win over Huntly on Friday night.

Sean Butcher and Paul Campbell netted in the first half with Campbell adding a second and Scott Barbour wrapping up the win.



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