Deveronvale’s final match of the season takes place on Saturday with a 2.30pm kick-off. Later, on Saturday evening, the Club holds its 80th Anniversary Party and the Player of the Year Awards at The Banff Springs Hotel which starts with welcome drinks at 7.00pm.
As well as a big day for the Club, Saturday is a big day for Vale stalwart Graeme Watt who is calling a close to a memorable 16-year career with Deveronvale. Watty has been a Vale man through and through, playing for the badge and the Club which his father, Zane, also played for in the 1970s.
Watty will be a big miss on the pitch and in the changing room at PRP, where he has been both a significant influence and a very important contributor to the team and Club. Over his career he has made 275 appearances for the Club and scored a total of 64 goals. He was also an important member of the Club’s SHFL title winning side in Season 2005-06. We hope that Graeme remains a regular visitor to PRP in the future, influencing the team from the sidelines rather than from on the pitch.
After tonight’s results Cove Rangers require only one point from their remaining two matches (Forres Mechanics away and Clachnacuddin at home) to retain the SHFL title and qualify for the Scottish League 2 play-offs against SLFL champions East Kilbride and then, hopefully, against Albion Rovers or Berwick Rangers. Irrespective of what Cove Rangers do, Brora Rangers will want to take a full six points from their last two games. Vale lost 4-1 at Brora earlier in the season but will want to improve on their narrow 3-2 defeat in last year’s home fixture when Vale’s scorers were Dane Ballard and Paul Sutherland.