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Islavale make it ten north junior league wins in a row while Burghead Thistle, New Elgin and Forres Thistle notch up victories

By Craig Christie

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Islavale crushed Cruden Bay 11-0 for the second time this season to make it ten consecutive victories in north junior football’s Championship.

Lucas Davidson (left) scored on his Islavale debut as a trialist. Picture: Beth Taylor
Lucas Davidson (left) scored on his Islavale debut as a trialist. Picture: Beth Taylor

The on-form Keith side were missing a few regulars but introduced ex-Forres Mechanics and Buckie Thistle man Lucas Davidson as a trialist, and he scored on his debut.

Top scorer Brodie Christie was one of three Vale players to score a brace in the match in Buchan, bringing his goal tally for the season to 23.

He netted a first minute penalty and within ten minutes Vale were 3-0 up, Sam Mair and Matty Nicol also scoring.

Finlay Stables added a fourth and brother James also netted from the spot after Bruce Morrison had made it 5-0. J.Stables, Nicol and Christie all notched their second after the break, Davidson and Callum Dunbar bringing up the full tally.

McBookie.com NRJFA Championship table
McBookie.com NRJFA Championship table

Burghead remain third after defeating Banchory St Ternan 4-1 at Forest Park.

Jack Lingard's header put the home side ahead before Saints quickly drew level.

A fine save by Burghead keeper Aidan MacDonald denied the visitors the lead as the score remained at 1-1 at half time.

Banchory threatened a second but a goal came at the other end when James Fraser punished a goalkeeping fumble to score.

Ryan McBean then teed up Finlay Nicol to add a third, and victory was secured by Harry Allen's superb long distance strike.

New Elgin made it two wins in 2024 with a 3-1 success over Glentanar, inspired by Dean Stewart's loan return from Lossiemouth.

The ex-New Elgin captain has been farmed out by the Highland League side to his former club and he made an immediate impact, scoring in his team's win on Saturday.

Stewart headed in the home side's opener and a fine strike from young Elgin City loanee Ross Porter doubled the Free Staters' advantage.

The Aberdonians pulled one back but New Elgin regrouped and Connor Mitchell went through on goal to slot home their decisive third.

Forres Thistle proved too strong for Banffshire hosts Whitehills, winning 4-0.

They got off to a dream start, scoring after just two minutes. Connor Aubrey played the ball out to Ewan Turner who lobbed the home keeper from the corner of the 18 yard box, a carbon copy of his strike in the 2-0 win at Burghead Thistle in Jags’ last match.

Forres keeper Dan McLeod was called into action to deal with a 25-yard shot and another chance for ‘Hills when defender Cammy Hoath was short with a passback.

Whitehills were producing some good attacks and threatened again through top scorer Godwin Aluka, McLeod getting to the ball before him.

A minute later Jags struck at the other end when Aubrey finished off a good passing move with a 25-yard effort over the keeper into the net to make it 2-0.

Aubrey then hit the crossbar from a similar distance while Cammy Grant’s free kick was saved and Toby Clark missed the rebound. Turner also fired past after going through on goal before half time.

A third Forres goal arrived on 70 minutes. Substitute Neil Owen blocked an attempted Whitehills clearance and the home keeper, believing the ball was going wide, tried to shepherd it out but instead it sneaked inside the post.

Owen added his second with a deflected 20-yarder to wrap up the scoring two minutes later.

Lossiemouth United's match against Dufftown was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

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