Winter cancels football

Colony Park, Inverurie, under a blanket of snow and ice which forced the postponement of many games over the weekend.
Colony Park, Inverurie, under a blanket of snow and ice which forced the postponement of many games over the weekend.

Five games were cancelled last weekend as snow and rain typified the North-east’s winter sporting calendar. As a result, only four games in the Highland League went ahead, Fraserburgh’s scheduled trip to Fort William called off due to a flooded pitch.

Other fixtures cancelled included the Huntly-Nairn, Inverurie-Clachnacuddin, Rothes-Keith and the Turriff-Formartine ties.

Elsewhere in the league, of the games that went ahead, the only thing flooding the fixtures was goals, 20 of them shared in the four surviving games.

The pick of the games was undoubtedly Wick Academy’s 7-0 triumph over Buckie Thistle, the Scorries outclassing their Buckie counterparts.

A goal from Steven Cunningham and a double from Richard Macadie effectlively shutting the door on a Buckie revival by the close of the first-half.

Macadie got his hat-trick in the second-half, goals from Lukasz Geruzel and Macadie’s fourth of the afternoon coming either side of the feat.

Wick are now at the top of the Highland League by virtue of goal difference, Cove Rangers and Deveronvale completing the top three, respectively.

The Broch’s scheduled opponents for this weekend, Forres Mechanics, were also involved in a seven-goal thriller, beating back an early Brora resurgence in the first-half to keep the three points at Mosset Park with a 5-2
win.

With no game to play themselves, the Broch will do well to study the manner in which Forres routinely put an end to the game in emphatic style.

The winners of the best pie in Scottish football, the Can Cans went into half-time with a 4-2 lead, with a Graham Fraser double and individual efforts from Craig McGovern and Kyle Scott.

For the visitors, Ross Archibald attempted to keep the keep scoreline respectable with his first-half double.

Shortly after the restart, however, Forres Mechanics effectively ended the contest when Scott Lawrie took the ball more than 20 yards past his marker to beat the goalkeeper with a neat finish.

As a result of the win, and on the back of their pie success, the Can Cans will, who are currently fourth in the league, be in confident mood when the visit the Broch.

Kris Hunter’s side, however, have shown the beginnings of a return to title-challenging form, and, unlike a Forres pie, will not go down so easily.