Leg break horror for Huntly kid; HIGHLAND LEAGUE ROUND-UP.
Forres Mechanics' win over Huntly was overshadowed by a sickening leg break for young Black and Golds attacker Reese Mckeown.
Stuart Soane's solitary strike in 12 minutes proved enough for the Can Cans.
But there was no celebration from the away side after the teenager, just short of his 18th birthday, sustained a clean leg break just above the ankle late in the match.
Forres boss Charlie Rowley said: "I actually feel deflated - the injury took the gloss off a professional and dogged performance away from home."
Huntly boss Martin Skinner said: "It's one of these things that happens in football and nobody can say their player meant it, he just went in too hard."
Elsewhere, Fraserburgh moved into second place after a 2-1 victory at Rothes.
After a scrappy own goal opener for the Broch, Sean Butcher's 55th minute penalty had them cruising.
But a late Craig Cormack strike set up a tense finish.
Formartine United grabbed an important 3-2 win at Keith.
The Maroons led through Stewart Hutcheon but Formartine left it late to go 3-1 up with goals from Andrew Greig and a Garry Wood's double.
Cammy Keith hit a late consolation for Keith.
Wick Academy won 2-0 away to Turriff United with Andrew Hardwick and Marc McGregor netting a goal in each half.