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It's speed bonnie boat for Groats as cup-tie venue is revealed

By Matt Leslie

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Wick Groats will have to make the long journey to neutral Skye for their Highland Amateur Cup tie next week.

Kevin Anderson's men had been drawn away to Western Isles side Barra but, with ties involving island teams, a neutral venue accessible via the mainland is usually the chosen venue.

The village of Uig, 14 miles north of Portree, will host the game which will have a kick-off time of 10.30am – although there will be one or two logistical problems for both sides.

Anderson said: "We had to do the same when we played Iochdar Saints a few years back – only that game was in Portree.

"We had issues getting accommodation. Skye is a hard place for finding somewhere to stay as it’s tourist season but there’s a half marathon there that's potentially adding to the problem. We eventually got sorted out in a fashion, a bit scattered about on the Friday night, but we’re all on Skye so it’ll save the travel at 'silly o' clock'.

"Barra, though, will have their own travel issues as they will require two ferries to get to Uig."

Meanwhile, in the county league, Groats strengthened their grip at the top of Division One with a 3-1 win at Castletown.

Sandy Sutherland (2) and John Budge netted for them with Castletown's strike coming via Scott Sutherland.

Thurso Acks continued their good start to the season with a 2-0 derby win over Swifts. Graham Bremner and Kuba Koziol were on target.

In Division Two, the top two both won with leaders Wick Thistle thrashing Keiss 6-0 thanks to goals from Andy Falconer (2), Marc Gunn, Greg Gunn, Rikki Cormack and Ross Macadie.

Watten kept up their promotion challenge as goals from Darryl O'Sullivan and Stuart Sinclair (2) gave them a 3-2 win against Halkirk, who had Matthew Mackay and Liam Mackay on the scoresheet.

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