IT is derby day in Inverness as Nairn County visit Clachnacuddin with both clubs coming off the back of contrasting results against league leaders Brora Rangers in their last outing. Keep an eye on the club Facebook page for weather updates from Grant Street Park. Full preview below:
Date: Saturday January 16th 2015
Competition: Scottish Highland League
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Manager: Iain Polworth
Venue: Grant Street Park, Inverness
Previous meeting: Nairn County 4 Clachnacuddin 3 September 19th 2015
Last time out: Brora Rangers 1 Nairn County 2; Clachnacuddin 1 Brora Rangers 10
League position: Nairn County 5th Clachnacuddin 14th
Form guides: Clachnacuddin LLWLLL Nairn County WWWWLW
Team news: Nairn go into this derby along similar lines to how they were shaping up for last weekend's postponed home match against Fraserburgh. That means Martin MacDonald and Wayne Mackintosh are definitely out because of knee injuries. The extra week since County's last outing has been beneficial to Callum Maclean, who is hoping that the gash to the shin he sustained at Brora which required stitches has healed enough to enable him to feature. Glenn Main has also been a beneficiary of the additional time between games as he works his way back towards fitness after a toe injury. Adam Naismith and John Cameron may miss out due to work commitments though and Andrew Hardwick is on loan to Fort William.
One to watch: Blair Lawrie. The former Highland League Young Player of the Year scored an exquisite goal at Station Park earlier in the season to get his side back in the game, although they were eventually defeated 4-3. The attacking midfielder always impresses against County and has been linked with moves to Nairn in the past, although for one reason or another, a switch has never materialised. He scored Clach's only goal in their 10-1 drubbing by Brora Rangers on Boxing Day in their last outing, which shows he has the ability to find his way through the meanest defence in the league even on a bad day for his team. If Nairn can nullify the former Ross County youth then they will go a long way to making it two away victories at Grant Street in a row.
Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster; Assistants Gordon Seago and Mark Dalton
Weather forecast: Light cloud 1 degrees 5 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).