DEPLETED Nairn County travel along the coast to take on Deveronvale looking to build on last week's morale-boosting draw at title challengers Brora Rangers but with as many as eight first team squad members missing.
The Banffers go into the game looking to continue establishing a run of form having thumped Strathspey Thistle 7-2 a fortnight ago and then losing out narrowly to Formartine United a week-and-a-half ago with the visitors to Princess Royal Park edged a five-goal thriller. That will have given Steve Dolan's men confidence though, knowing that they can match one of the Highland League's championship contenders and he will be looking for his well-rested side to take that into this match as they look to do the double over Nairn following a 2-1 success at Station Park back in August.
Nairn took a creditable point away at Brora Rangers last weekend in an entertaining 3-3 draw with Ronnie Sharp looking for his players to replicate the performances levels shown at Dudgeon Park and with a number of absences expected, other members of the squad will be given their chance to shine and show that they should be a part of the first choice eleven.
NCFC Media will be reporting live from Princess Royal Park with updates of all of the talking points as the afternoon progresses with team lines before kick-off, live updates during the game, a report just after the final whistle and reaction from the County camp later in the evening. A preview of the match is below:
Date: Saturday November 26th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Manager: Steve Dolan
Venue: Princess Royal Park, Banff
Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Deveronvale 2 August 6th 2016
Last time out: Deveronvale 2 Formartine United 3; Brora Rangers 3 Nairn County 3
League position: Deveronvale 15th Nairn County 13th
Form guides: Deveronvale LWLLWL Nairn County DLWWLD
Team news: Midfield lynchpins Wayne Mackintosh and Gregg Main both miss out on the trip to Banff through suspension with the former having been red carded late on in last weekend's draw at Brora Rangers and the latter having breached the threshold for an accumulation of cautions this season. Willie Barron and Jamie Mackay are also out due to work commitments with Paul Macleod and Calum Riddell battling to be fit after recent ankle and shoulder injuries respectively while top scorer Gary Kerr is a serious doubt with the foot injury he sustained last Saturday. Goalkeeper Ryan Macleod is also unavailable because of work commitments with 17-year-old stopper Fraser Wilkie and his under-20s team mates Andy Reid and Nick Highet involved in the squad.
One to watch: Dane Ballard. The attacking midfielder has been one of 'Vale's top performers over their last few outings with the Banffers finding decent form now that manager Steve Dolan has been able to establish a settled side. The former Fraserburgh man has three goals in the last two games including a brace in the thumping victory over Strathspey Thistle a fortnight ago. That set a marker down for the Princess Royal Park side as they seek to build momentum going into the second half of the season and Ballard will be a key component for Dolan as he looks to complete the double over Nairn this weekend.
Match officials: Referee Graham Beaton, Assistants Gary Falconer and David Milligan
Weather forecast: Light cloud 9 degrees 18 mph wind
Admission prices: Adults £8 Concessions £5 (two children under the age of 14 are admitted for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult).