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Highland round-up: Praise for McManus and Lawson could be fitter after win

Paul McManus celebrating with team mates after scoring to make it 2-0.

Cove Rangers boss John Sheran praised striker Paul McManus after their 4-0 win at Rothes.

The striker returned from suspension to net twice with Nick Gray and Mitch Megginson also on target as the Highland League champions beat the early pacesetters at Mackessack Park.

Sheran said: “The strength we have in our squad is good.

“Paul McManus would have played on Saturday but he was suspended, but it’s good that he is back.

“He started a lot last season, especially towards the end of the season, and it’s good to have him back scoring again.

“We’ve also the firepower of Nick Gray and Jordan MacRae on our bench, which adds to our options.

“Rothes have signed some new players over the summer and they performed well, but we managed to edge them out.

“It’s pleasing that we’ve started the league season with two wins.

“After playing the League Cup you can have injuries which can hold you up and effect you at the start of the league season.

“But we’ve come through that and we’ve got most of our players available and we’ve hit the ground running.”

Formartine United boss Lawson admits he could be fitter after win

Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson was happy to beat Deveronvale – even if he felt his own peformance could have been better.

The Pitmedden men won 4-1 at Princess Royal Park thanks to braces from Ryan Stott and Connor Gethins with Lewis Dunbar getting a late consolation for Vale.

Lawson, who started himself, was pleased to make it three wins out of three at the start of the Highland League season for United.

He said: “I was delighted with the result because it’s another three points and another 4-1 win.

“I made a couple of changes to rest a couple of players and bring in a couple of boys who have been unlucky not to feature so far.

“But the boys know know the performance could have been a wee bit better.

“We gave new signing Joe Macpherson and youngster Gregor Whyte their debuts, which was pleasing, and I also got a runout.

“My fitness leaves a lot to be desired but it was good to get back playing.

“The performance could have been better but I can’t complain about the result.

“I know we have a good squad but Stuart Anderson had a little niggle so I gave myself a runout.

“It was needed as well because I need to be ready if I’m needed further down the line.

“My own performance could have been better but I can’t complain about the result.”

Elsewhere, Fraserburgh beat Keith 2-0 at Kynoch Park with Willie West, Scott Barbour and Gary Harris scoring.

Huntly won 6-0 at home to Fort William with Gary McGowan getting a hat-trick. Michael Clark, Alex Thoirs and Tom Andrews were also on target.

Ceiran McLean, Declan Milne, Scott Adams, Andy MacAskill and Craig Dorrat scored as Buckie beat Strathspey 5-0. Forres won 5-1 against Lossiemouth, Brora edged out Clach 2-1 and Wick beat Nairn 4-1 at Station Park.