Lossie trip for Broch

Holders Forres Mechanics will begin their defence of the Fosters Highland League Cup with a rerun of last year’s final as they visit Rothes in the first round proper after the draw at Harlaw Park, Inverurie.

The Can Cans scooped the trophy in May last year with a 2-0 final and have already won at MacKessack Park in the HITS North of Scotland Cup at the start of this season.

The draw was made by Peter Allan, of sponsors Fosters and Highland League President Eddie Innes with the two preliminary round ties pitting Turriff United with a home match against Brora Rangers while Inverurie Locos welcome Keith to Harlaw Park.

There were a number of mouth-watering ties pulled out for the first round proper, none more so than the first two encounters drawn as Cove Rangers host Deveronvale and Fort William roll out the welcome mat for fellow strugglers Strathspey Thistle.

The next tie sees Clachnacuddin host Huntly at Grant Street Park while Nairn County visit Formartine United and the winners of the Inverurie Locos v Keith match will be rewarded with an away tie at Wick Academy.

The clubs in the other preliminary round clash will also be away from home if they are victorious, with a Buckie Thistle lying in wait. The final tie out of the hat sees last season’s semi finalists host Fraserburgh.

Preliminary round: Turriff United v Brora Rangers Inverurie Locos v Keith Ties to be played on Saturday March 5th First round: Cove Rangers v Deveronvale Fort William v Strathspey Thistle Clachnacuddin v Huntly Formartine United v Nairn County Wick Academy v Inverurie Locos / Keith Buckie Thistle v Turriff United / Brora Rangers Rothes v Forres Mechanics Lossiemouth v Fraserburgh Ties to be played on Saturday, March 19.