Avoch and Black Rock Rovers look to make it into next round of Highland Amateur Cup
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Black Rock Rovers will be the favourites to progress past the third round of the Highland Amateur Cup when they host Golspie Stafford in Evanton this weekend afternoon.
Golspie, currently sitting fourth in the North West Sutherland League, had to fight for their win against Thurso Academicals in the opening round before seeing off Fortrose and Rosemarkie Union.
IDFA Premier Division title challengers Black Rock, though, comfortably saw off both Mallaig and Ferrybache in their opening matches in the competition.
Black Rock are not the only Ross representation left in the Highland Amateur Cup, with Avoch also being given a home draw against Orkney Amateur Football Association side Kirkwall Hotspurs.
Hotspurs have dropped out of the island’s title race, but that may just mean they refocus all their efforts on the cup competition instead.
They made it past Kirkwall Rovers in the first round, before beating Black Isle United in the second.
Another long trip awaits the islanders to face an Avoch side who reached double figures against Drakies in an 11–0 victory in the first round before overcoming a tough domestic challenge against Maryburgh in the second, winning 4–2.
There is a small risk that Avoch could be caught cold, though, after they were awarded a victory without kicking a ball in the Premier Division last time out.
Culloden Blacksmiths could not fulfil the fixture, meaning the result went Avoch’s way by default, and with second-placed Black Rock inactive their lead at the top of the table stretched to three points.
Maryburgh were the closest team to them in action, and they remain in title contention after a 5–0 win over Tomatin that drew them level on points with Loch Ness.
A little further back in the table sit IRN Security, who are realistically out of title contention despite a 5–3 win against Ardersier.
In the IDFA Second Division, Highland Hospice’s lead at the top has been cut to one point.
They faced nearest rivals Clachnacuddin in a vital match last time out where a win for Hospice could have made the title race a formality, but lost 3–2 to the Lilywhites instead.
That has also drawn Ferrybache back into the picture after they beat Gellions 2–1, now sitting six points off the summit with a game in hand.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Union need teams ahead of them to slip up if they are to stay in contention despite a 2–0 win over Ness City.
Elsewhere G16 United lost 3–0 to Highland Athletic while Ness Thistle beat Tomatin United 4–2.