First Team

League Table

Press & Journal Highland League

# Team P PTS
9 Nairn 34 51
10 Rothes 34 49
11 Huntly 34 49
12 Wick 34 46
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41

Under 20s

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League Table

Aberdeenshire League

# Team P PTS
5 Cove Rangers 20s 9 13
6 Formartine Utd 20s 9 12
7 Huntly 9 10
8 Keith u20s 9 10
9 Deveronvale 20s 9 5

Under 17s

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League Table

SHFL Under 17s League (East)

# Team P PTS
5 Formartine Utd 17s 12 18
6 Deveronvale 17s 12 7
7 Huntly 17s 12 0

Despite going down to an early own goal, Huntly Manager Gregg Carrol felt his side could’ve went into the break ahead with the chances they had.


“The first goal was down to us not making a tackle on the near touchline and the ball got switched to the other side then we lose it from an own goal. the two goals we lost were poor defensive errors but we’ve came into the game with ten minutes out, and that’s not an excuse as I felt Buckie did really well but I don’t think we’re a million miles away from them either, we just need to have a bit more confidence in our ability and we’ve spoken to the players after the game told them what’s going to be happening for next season and things need to be looked at on and off the pitch to ensure we’re not in the same situation.


I thought David Booth played out of his skin, he played really well while Gary McNamee played better when he came into the left side."


With a number of first players out through suspension, injuries and other commitments Carrol was able to use some of the players who have featured for the club in the Aberdeenshire League and SHFL development squad.


“To have ten first team players out, I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in the Highland League, it’s ridiculous and we need to look at that because you either want to be here or you don’t. I’ve been in the league for 16 years now and I’ve never had to go to a game with as many players missing, I can accept players being injured or suspended but for so many others to be away is nonsense.


Youngsters like Cameron Mann and Glenn Murison came off the bench and didn’t look out of place, the young lads just need to learn quicker and coming here and learning the way to play the game is the right thing to do but we’ll set something up at Huntly next season that certainly the local lads will train with me in order to help them learn quicker.”


Buckie Thistle Player-Manager Graeme Stewart was pleased to end the season with three points but he admitted his side got a bit of luck early on before taking their foot off the gas.


“I thought we started the game really well and could’ve scored a few goals but I don’t know if by half-time the players thought it’d be too easy and the forward players stopped defending and it let Huntly get back into the game and they’ve could’ve scored a few goals themselves but it was wasn’t for a bobbly pitch and a magnificent save from Matthew McGinlay we could’ve went in at half-time losing the game so although we played well going forward I thought we weren’t as good defensively in the first half.

We managed a clean sheet but were still missing the likes of Chris Hegarty while Lewis Mackinnon was playing further forward but I felt Darren Wood and Iain MacRae were very good and we rectified earlier problems into the second half and luckily Huntly didn’t take advantage of some of our mistakes. Overall I was happy with a two-nil win but we should’ve made it more comfortable for ourselves.”


With his two wide players linking up with the second goal, Stewart was pleased with the movement between Drew Copeland and Christopher Angus.


“Chris is dangerous once he gets in those positions due to his strength and when he get sin front of you he will get a shot in at goal.

I thought Drew was magnificent; he and Kevin Fraser were the best players on the pitch supported by Andy Low in behind them. Drew’s only 20 but he’s got a big future ahead of him with plenty of ability and a good football brain and he ran the game.”


With Lewis Mackinnon played further forward for the Jags, his Manager admitted it was the perfect foil for others around him.


“His hold-up play is clever so him playing with three quick players bring him into the game where he can take a touch and make movement for himself with some intelligent play and it works out well for us and it’s an option to look at for next season. He’s a centre half but it’s good to have someone like that to play up front.”


Mackinnon made way to be replaced by Craig Macmillan who made his farewell to Buckie prior to departing for Rothes. Having played and managed the former Nairn County forward, Graeme added his praise for the player.


“I wish he’d got a goal, he took the armband from Lewis when he replaced him and we gave him a round of applause at the end. He’s a Buckie legend scoring a lot of goals and was one of the last to hit the twenty goal mark as well as being part of league winning sides amongst other trophies. We wish him luck and wish him well at Rothes but obviously not against us and I’m sure he’ll score more goals in his career.”


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