Another one bites the frost

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Formartine’s Breedons Cup Preliminary Round tie away to Strathspey was postponed at the weekend due to a frozen pitch at Seafield Park.

The match will now be played this Saturday, February 4, weather permitting, meaning that Formartine’s Highland League match away to Huntly will have to be rescheduled.

Meanwhile, United’s trip to Inverness to face Clachnacuddin has been rescheduled an will take place on Wednesday, February 15, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The decision to postpone the cup match at Strathspey was made early on Saturday morning.

It is not the first time United have seen a game fall to a frozen pitch this season with Kris Hunter’s men having played only 22 league games compared to some other teams who have played as many as 26.

Formartine have played the least amount of games out of the top four teams in the Highland League as Buckie, Brora and Cove have been contesting the title race in United’s absence.

On Saturday, Brora’s title chances took a major blow when they lost 2-0 to Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park.

William West and Gary Harris secured all three points for the Broch.

Champions Cove Rangers bounced back from a 1-1 draw away to Strathspey two weekend ago to record a convincing 7-0 win over Fort William on Saturday.

Meanwhile, table-toppers Buckie took advantage of Brora’s slip-up to extend their lead at the top to six points with a 3-1 win at home to Inverurie Locos.

Buckie have also played on game less than Brora but have played on more than Cove in third and three more than Formartine in fourth.

United will need to make their games in hand count if they are to mount a serious title challenge but will not have the chance this weekend due to the re-arranged Breedons cup match.

Cove will be away to Nairn County but all eyes will likely be on Dudgeon Park where the top two sides meet as Brora host Buckie Thistle.