HL Roundup - 24th November 2012

Highland League round-up
Saturday November 24th
Scorries lose out in top of table clash
 
Academy dropped to second place in the Highland League after going down 3-1 in their top-of-the-table clash with Cove Rangers at Allan Park. The Scorries competed well throughout and were on level terms at the break after Davie Allan cancelled out Alan Redford's early opener for the home side. But there was no way back for Barry Wilson's men after goals from Connor Scully and Martin Johnston inside a four-minute spell shortly before the hour mark.

Academy had travelled to the south side of Aberdeen looking to consolidate their place at the summit but they fell behind after just six minutes when Redford eluded his marker to head home from a corner.
The equaliser came after 35 minutes when Allan took a lay-off from Gary Weir and powered past two defenders before slotting the ball past keeper Stuart McKenzie. It was the speedy forward's eighth goal of the season in all competitions.
Early in the second half Academy had a strong penalty claim turned down by referee Morag Pirie when Allan appeared to have been fouled by Paul Emslie.
Cove made the most of that let-off as they regained the lead in the 59th minute, Scully heading in from a Roy McBain cross.
Three minutes later Johnston effectively settled the outcome when he fired home Cove's third, although Academy did come close to reducing the deficit when Michael Steven had an effort cleared off the line following a scramble in the box.
The result maintained Cove's 100 per cent home record in the league, having taken maximum points from their opening eight fixtures at Allan Park.

Third-placed Formartine United kept up their title challenge with a 3-0 victory over Strathspey Thistle at Seafield Park. Hamish Munro put the Pitmedden outfit in front after nine minutes and they survived a few scares before Mike Ewen doubled their lead in the 69th minute.
Strathspey's Mateusz Bobrowski hit the post with a penalty before Formartine substitute Michael McGinlay rounded off the scoring with seven minutes to go.
 
Forres Mechanics were 3-2 winners over Buckie Thistle at Mosset Park, with all the goals coming in a breathless opening 15-minute spell. Scott Lawrie's headed opener for the Forres was cancelled out by Zander Sutherland before Lawrie hit his second of the afternoon to restore the Can-Cans' advantage. Sutherland struck again for the Jags but Forres wasted little time in going in front for a third time with a header from Kyle Scott.
 
Ex-Academy player Grant Campbell scored twice for Huntly in their 3-1 home victory over Lossiemouth. Campbell put Huntly ahead after 12 minutes and Andrzej-Slawomir Kleczkowski added their second with a 26th-minute free kick. Lossie's Colin Charlesworth pulled one back three minutes later but Campbell was on target again midway through the second period to wrap up the points.
 
Nairn County had a 3-1 victory over 10-man Rothes at Mackessack Park. Gregg Main gave Nairn an 11th-minute lead but the Speysiders got themselves level four minutes from half-time with a Sean McIntosh spot-kick. County regained the lead after 62 minutes courtesy of the league's top scorer, Conor Gethins, bringing his tally for the campaign to 20 in all competitions. Scott Dunn of Rothes was red-carded soon after, and Nairn's Robbie Duncanson completed the scoring with nine minutes left.
 
Deveronvale warmed up for their Scottish Cup encounter against Raith Rovers with a 1-0 home win against Keith. Graeme Rodger got the goal midway through the first half.
 
Inverurie Locos left it late before securing a 2-0 victory over Fraserburgh at Harlaw Park. The Broch held out until the 79th minute when Clark Bain broke the deadlock, and Jack Strachan made sure of the win three minutes later.
 
Two of Saturday's scheduled fixtures fell victim to the weather - Fort William v Brora (waterlogged) and Turriff against Clach (frozen pitch).