Buckie Thistle’s title dreams live on after they were cleared of naming an ineligible player.
Formartine United were also cleared of two counts at a league management committee meeting in Lossiemouth.
The verdict, which was returned after two hours and 35 minutes of discussion, means Buckie are guaranteed to take the title with a win tomorrow.
Brora are currently top by two points but have played all of their games, while Buckie lead Cove on goal difference.
Graeme Stewart’s side face bottom club Strathspey atVictoria Park, while Cove face Lossiemouth at Keith.
The meeting was called after there was uncertainty over the status of Jags player Callum Murray.
The midfielder was recalled from a loan stint at Deveronvale and was named on the bench against Formartine last weekend.
The Pitmedden club were also investigated on charges of naming an ineligible player for the same game and another against Rothes.
Max Berton was the player in question for the Pitmedden outfit but both charges were dismissed.
A statement from the Highland League said: “The matter in hand was given thorough consideration including hearing submissions from Buckie Thistle and Formartine United and it was decided to take no further action.
“In addition, the secretary was instructed to develop re-worded drafts towards clarifying the terms of the rule for application in future seasons.”
The verdict was made after a vote by 14 of the 18 Highland League clubs.
Buckie, Cove, Brora and Formartine were all disqualified from voting due to their respective self-interests.
There is no right of appeal against the decision.
HIGHLAND League title permutations:
- Buckie will win the league if they beat Strathspey.
- Cove will retain the title if they beat Lossie and Buckie fail to beat Strathspey.
- Brora will be the champions if both Buckie and Cove fail to win.