Looks familiar as Huntly manager returns to Vale

Charlie Charlesworth

Huntly manager Charlie Charlesworth is looking forward to renewing acquaintances when he returns to one of his old stomping grounds today at Banff’s Princess Royal Park to face Deveronvale.

The Black and Golds are depleted for the trip as they currently have three players suspended.

Gary McGowan sits out the last of his four-match ban which, due to the wintry weather, has now stretched to more than two months.

Alex Thoirs and Blair Johnston both sit this one out after picking up red cards in the 7-0 defeat at Fraserburgh.

Charlesworth said: “I don’t know who is left from my time at Deveronvale three years ago but I’m sure there will be one or two to say hello to.

“They have been doing great under Steve Dolan, who was the Huntly manager when I was at Deveronvale.

“I know they have changed the wage structure since those days.

“But Steve has been working hard behind the scenes developing a relatively young squad so I know they have a lot of pace in the team.”

Deveronvale are expected to have midfielder Graeme Watt and central defender Liam Forbes back in the ranks. Managerless Keith, meanwhile, have signed attacking midfielder Max Berton from Formartine United on an 18-month deal.

Berton is set to make his debut against Nairn County at Kynoch Park today.

Nairn will be without the Naismith brothers, Adam and Ross, due to work commitments.

County defender Callum Ednie has a hamstring injury and striker Dylan Mackenzie misses out as he has has a groin strain.

Forres Mechanics and Strathspey Thistle will be idle this afternoon after their match at Mosset Park was postponed yesterday due to a frozen pitch. The Grantown Jags would have been missing left back Kai Taylor, who has a shin injury, while midfielder Reese Barton would also have missed out.

The game between Rothes and Turriff United at Mackessack Park has also been postponed due to the effects of wintry weather.

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