Formartine out in cold once again

The snowy scene at Inverurie Locos' Harlaw Park was a familiar one as winter took its toll on Saturday's Highland League card.
The snowy scene at Inverurie Locos' Harlaw Park was a familiar one as winter took its toll on Saturday's Highland League card.

SIX Highland League matches fell victim to the weather at the weekend, including Formartine United’s game at champions Forres Mechanics.

The North Lodge Park side endured another idle Saturday and are now facing a backlog of fixtures, particularly at home, where they have played just three out of 13 league games.

Cove Rangers’ match against Keith passed a 9.30am inspection but two hours later, after heavy sleet showers, the pitch was declared waterlogged and the game postponed.

Buckie Thistle v Clach, Huntly v Deveronvale, Inverurie Locos v Turriff and Lossiemouth v Fraserburgh were all called off on Friday.

Three games were played and Wick Academy took advantage to go five points clear at the top of the table with a 5-0 home win over lowly Rothes.

A Richard Macadie hat-trick and a double from 6ft 5in Polish striker Lukasz Geruzel allowed Wick to stretch their lead with second placed Cove’s game being called off.

Nairn County, who have five games in hand on the top two, kept up their challenge with a narrow 4-3 win at Brora Rangers.

County substitute Craig MacMillan’s late double helped to cancel out a hat-trick by Zander Sutherland, who was making his debut for Brora.

In the only other match to survive, Fort William recorded their first home win since May, 2011, with a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Strathspey Thistle.

Captain Darren Quigg’s 65th minute penalty was enough to claim all three points. It was their first win of any kind since they defeated Rothes in November, 2011.