This year in the Highland League saw lots of competitive drama and many tragedy moments which heavily affected the game.
The introduction of the playoffs to League two has brought in even more excitement to the league as the title race looks wide open with Wick Academy, Brora Rangers,Turriff United, Inverurie Locos and Formartine all in the mix to get to battle a Lowland League for a fruitful opportunity to get promotion into the senior leagues.
While countless top players shine in the league which some wrongly forget about. These are my highlights and lows of the league.
In the month of January, I watched the most entertaining Highland League match I have ever seen as Fraserburgh thrashed Fort William 9-0.Scott Barbour bagged five goals and put on an impressive display which shows clearly why he is one of the best players in the league. Along with me seeing the mighty Brora for the first time which impressed me with their build up play and seeing Ross Tokely running down the wing this was a funny moment.
But Turriff United Manager Mark Simpson was sacked despite recording his first victory at the weekend over Cove Rangers. Which shocked me but sources close to the club did tell me that Simpson had lost the dressing room which wasn’t a surprise due to their poor run.
The Highland League Cup final served up a tremendous game which Clach supporters will relish in their memory as Clachnacuddin ended their ten-year wait for a trophy in dramatic fashion by beating Buckie Thistle 4-3 on penalties. A tasty recipe of a Banffshire derby was on the menu in September with Buckie crushing Deveronvale 4-0 with the Vale crying for a new Manager which they needed desperately.
The closure of Scottish Highland Football League Television run by Ross Maclean was appalling which has affected the promotion of the league down to the large global audience the site has. With footy fans wanting this important product back. I have enjoyed doing the interviews on front of the cameras. The last game which I attended this year was between Formartine and Lossiemouth where Darren Bailey scored against his former club to give the coasters a deserved share of the spoils.
2014 in the Highland League has been action packed with me managing to almost travel to every ground in the league and trying all the delicious pies while reporting for the Highland League Hub
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