NAIRN County look to end Cove Rangers’ 100 percent start to the Highland League season with the Aberdeen club aiming to make it 11 wins out of 11 games so far this campaign. Please note this fixture takes place at Formartine United’s ground – North Lodge, Pitmedden.
Date: Saturday October 3rd 2015
Competition: Scottish Highland League
Kick off: 3.00 pm
Opponents: Cove Rangers
Manager: John Sheran
Venue: North Lodge, Pitmedden
Previous meeting: Cove Rangers 3 Nairn County 2 March 28th 2015
Last time out: Banks O’Dee 2 Cove Rangers 3; Nairn County 5 Selkirk 1
League positions: Cove Rangers 2nd Nairn County 6th
Form guides: Cove Rangers WWLWWW Nairn County WLLWWW
Team news: Goalkeeper Calum Antell serves the second of his two-match league suspension. Manager Les Fridge is currently weighing up his options with regards to who will take over from the former Hibernian shot stopper between the posts with a number of options under consideration. Gregg Main is also suspended as he serves the first of a three-game ban but fellow midfielder Wayne Mackintosh returns to the squad. Tony Wallace, Martin MacDonald and Callum Maclean all participated in the pre-match warm up last Saturday and came through unscathed but this game is set to come too early for any of the trio to be fit enough to play.
One to watch: Daryl Nicol. The striker has been in red hot form so far this season and fired Cove to their impressive 3-0 win against champions Brora Rangers earlier in the campaign. The County defence will have to have their wits about them to keep him quiet and will no doubt receive a sterner test from Nicol this weekend than they did from former Scotland striker Garry O’Connor in the Scottish Cup last Saturday.
Match officials: Referee Liam Duncan; Assistants Allan Cunningham and Daniel Rae
Weather forecast: Thick cloud 11 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).