NAIRN County need all three points from tomorrow's derby match at Forres Mechanics to keep their chances of a top 5 finish in the Highland League table alive. The home side will be determined to claim the win which will upset County's ambitions, adding an extra dimension to this end-of-season derby clash. Preview below:
Date: Saturday April 16th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Opponents: Forres Mechanics
Manager: Charlie Rowley
Venue: Mosset Park, Forres
Previous meeting: Nairn County 3 Forres Mechanics 1 November 7th 2015
Last time out: Huntly 2 Forres Mechanics 5; Nairn County 0 Formartine United 1
League position: Forres Mechanics 11th Nairn County 7th
Form guides: Forres Mechanics LWLLDW Nairn County LDWDD(L)L
Team news: Conor Gethins and Tony Wallace both came through unscathed as they returned to the starting line-up on Wednesday. However, Gregg Main was substituted in that game after being clattered in the second half and is a doubt for this derby match. Adam Naismith is also struggling having come off injured during the Highland League (Morganti) Cup final last weekend while Martin MacDonald remains sidelined for the rest of the season. Manager Les Fridge may again choose to rotate his squad to give as many players match time between now and the end of the season.
One to watch: Duncan Jones. The experienced midfield has the attributes and the quality to dictate play in the middle of the park. If given time on the ball, the former Nairn player will play accurate, probing passes, which will set up chances for the Mechanics forward line as he showed in the midweek win at Huntly by claiming another assist. He also possess a thunderous shot and will not be shy to shoot from distance if the chance arises having claimed a double at Keith recently.
Match officials: Referee Craig Wilson; Assistants Gordon Seago and Chris MacLeod
Weather forecast: Light 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).