IT IS Highland League (Morganti) Cup quarter final day tomorrow and they do not come much bigger than a trip to Grant Street Park and a local derby match against Clachnacuddin. Tensions are sure to be running high and tempers are sure to fray in a tie that will not be for the faint-hearted. Full preview below:
Date: Saturday February 27th 2015
Competition: Highland League (Morganti) Cup
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Manager: Iain Polworth
Venue: Grant Street Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 4 Clachnacuddin 3 September 19th 2015
Last time out: Clachnacuddin 7 Strathspey Thistle 0; Nairn County 1 Turriff United 2
League position: Clachnacuddin 14th Nairn County 6th
Form guides: Clachnacuddin WLLLWW Nairn County WWLWWL
Team news: Wayne Mackintosh continued his comeback from a serious knee injury with a place on the bench in last weekend's game against Turriff United. It was his first appearance in the match day squad in almost four months. This one comes too soon for him to be in contention to start though. Martin MacDonald is another who is still some time away from making a long-awaited return from a knee problem. Tony Wallace's season is over as he became another knee injury victim a couple of weeks ago while John Cameron and Andrew Hardwick remain out on loan at Fort William. Brothers Ross and Adam Naismith may miss out through work commitments.
One to watch: Blair Lawrie. The creative midfielder scored an exquisite goal at Station Park when these two clubs last met in September to complete a comeback from 2-0 down to level the game again. Clach then went on to lead the match before two late Conor Gethins penalties won a topsy-turvy encounter for County. The attacker seems to relish these occasions and is always a standout performer for the Lilywhites and it is sure to be no different in tomorrow's high-stakes clash.
Match officials: Referee Billy Baxter; Assistants Chris MacLeod and Gary McCarthy
Weather forecast: Sunny 4 degrees 3 mph wind
Admission prices: Adults £8 Children / OAPs £5 (two children under the age 14 are admitted for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult)