IT is a local derby at Grant Street Park as Nairn County make the trip to Inverness to finish the 2015/16 Highland League season knowing that all three points will see the club surpass last season's points tally and move up to claim a sixth place finish in the final league standings. Preview below:
Date: Saturday April 23rd 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Manager: Iain Polworth
Venue: Grant Street Park, Inverness
Previous meeting: Clachnacuddin 1 Nairn County 2 March 9th 2016
Last time out: Clachnacuddin 0 Huntly 2; Fort William 0 Nairn County 3
League position: Clachnacuddin 14th Nairn County 8th
Form guides: Clachnacuddin WWLLWL Nairn County WDD(L)LDW
Team news: Gregg Main serves the second of his two-game ban for an accumulation of yellow cards. Michael Morrison has been served with a one-match suspension for the same reason but it will not kick in until the start of the new season. The club captain is also struggling to be fit for this one because of a foot injury. Martin MacDonald is still out with a knee injury, Andrew Hardwick continues his loan spell at Fort William while Adam Naismith, Ross Naismith, Bradley Halsman and John Cameron may all miss out because of work commitments.
One to watch: Gordon Morrison. The veteran striker made all the difference when he came off the bench for Clach at Inverurie Locos last Saturday, bagging two cracking goals to turn the game on its head and earn the Lilywhites all three points. He also made a big impact from the bench when he was pitched in during the first half of the Highland League Cup tie between these two clubs when Nairn travelled to Grant Street last month with County well on top prior to the centre forward being brought on before Clach battled back and almost took the game to extra time.
Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster; Assistants Kevin Anderson and Gordon Seago
Weather forecast: Thick cloud 6 degrees 14 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).