Locos set to unleash Duff
Princess Royal Park: Former Don for Inverurie debut against Deveronvale
Inverurie Locos manager Neil Cooper will hand new signing Stuart Duff his debut in today’s Press and Journal Highland League match against Deveronvale at Banff.
Former Aberdeen, Caley Thistle and Dundee United midfielder Duff joined Locos on an 18month deal on Wednesday and Cooper is looking for another good performance from his side following the 2-2 draw against Brora Rangers last weekend.
Cooper said: “Stuart will start at Deveronvale.
“We will prepare the team the same as we did last week for the Brora game and there’s no difference between facing a side near the top or the bottom of the table. There are no guarantees. You have to make sure that you put in a good performance and, hopefully, on the day it is better than that of your opponents. You can win games when you’re not playing so well, with a wee bit of luck. But equally, you can also lose games when you’ve played well.
“Hopefully, the players will give me the same good performance they gave me last weekend against Brora.”
Vale are expected to hand a debut to 18-year-old left-sided utility player Kyle Willox, who is on loan from Montrose until the end of the season.
Nairn County manager Ronnie Sharp insists he will not be underestimating bottom club Fort William at Station Park where the two sides meet today.
Sharp said: “We found it very tricky down there earlier in the season when we only beat them 2-1 and they have improved since then so we know it will be a tough game.
“We didn’t take our chances last week but that’s been the story of our season so far.
“I expect we will create chances against them but we have to start tucking them away.”
County are without central defender Willie Barron, who is unavailable due to work commitments.
Fort William manager Ally Ewen has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
Defender Richard Tawse and attacker Iain MacLellan return for Fort.
The game between Rothes and Formartine United was postponed yesterday, with Mackessack Park under a blanket of snow.
The derby between Brora Rangers and Wick Academy was also postponed last night, with Dudgeon Park deemed unplayable.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Neil Cooper is looking for more of the same from Locos following a good show against Brora. Photograph: Kevin Emslie Early morning inspections are the order of the day at most Highland League grounds this morning but one place where there should not be any problems is Bellslea, where Fraserburgh entertain Huntly. Broch manager Mark Cowie said: “We have won our last two games but so have Huntly, so I guess I could say we are two of the in-form teams. “We hope to make it three wins in a row but we are expecting a very tough game.” New Huntly comanagers, Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson, are expected to keep faith in the men who thumped Deveronvale 5-2 last weekend. League leaders Buckie Thistle, meanwhile, will have to be at their best to get the better of Lossiemouth at Victoria Park. Jags manager Graeme Stewart said: “Games against Charlie Charlesworth’s sides are always tough as they will be well organised and work very hard for each other.” Lossie welcome back midfield trio Martin McMullan, Ryan Farquhar and Andrew Stewart. The Cove Rangers v Clach match was called off yesterday with the pitch at Harlaw Park, Inverurie, frozen. Forres Mechanics are still without full back Graham Fraser, midfielder Kyle Scott and forward Fraser Forbes for the Mosset Park derby against Strathspey Thistle.
New start: Veteran midfielder Stuart Duff will play at Banff