Formartine frozen out again

Referee Craig Sim watches groundsman Arthur Robertson probe the icy goalmouth area at Harlaw Park on Saturday. Looking on are  Fred Wilson and Iain Alexander of Locos.
Referee Craig Sim watches groundsman Arthur Robertson probe the icy goalmouth area at Harlaw Park on Saturday. Looking on are Fred Wilson and Iain Alexander of Locos.

Formartine United were beaten again by the weather when their derby clash with Inverurie Locos was called off for the second week running.

Harlaw Park failed a morning pitch inspection after days of severe frost took their toll.

The corresponding fixture at North Lodge Park last weekend was also frozen off.

Formartine will be hoping the weather is more favourable this Saturday when they face improving Fort William at home.

Other games postponed were Wick Academy against Brora Rangers due to Harmsworth Park being waterlogged, and Huntly’s home clash with Keith because of a frozen pitch.

Meanwhile, in the games that did go ahead Turriff United went to the top of the table with a hard-fought 1-0 home victory over Deveronvale.

The winning goal came 20 minutes from time when Gary McGowan made no mistake with a fine left-footed finish.

Turriff hold a one-point advantage over Brora Rangers, who have two games in hand.

Elsewhere, Fraserburgh were missing several key players against Cove Rangers at Bellslea and found it too much, going down 3-1 to the Aberdeen side.

Fort William continued their fine run of form with a 2-1 win at Clach - their fourth victory in a row for the first time.

Lossiemouth came out on top in the Moray coast derby with a 4-2 success at Buckie Thistle, while Rothes drew 1-1 at home to Strathspey Thistle who played for 70 minutes with 10 men.

Nairn County eased to a surprisngly comfortable three points at Forres with three second half goals.