Forres Mechanics v Nairn County - Preview

22nd March, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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IF this meeting of Forres Mechanics and Nairn County is anything like the first clash between the pair earlier in the season then the neutrals will be in for another midweek treat as the two clubs collide in derby action for the first time since that topsy-turvy 4-4 draw in October.

On that night, Nairn fell two behind early on but levelled before the break and led twice in the second half before Forres scrambled home a late equaliser to claim a point which was very nearly three as County withstood a barrage of late pressure.

The Mechanics have made a habit of being involved in such games as they every nearly fought back with 10 men at Inverurie Locos to claim a draw last week in a narrow 4-3 reverse but did manage to turn their weekend match at Turriff United on its head to win 4-3 having trailed 3-1 at one point.

That shows the attitude of Charlie Rowley's players and they will go into this evening's match believing they can take all three points from it even if it is not going their way going into the closing stages. Ronnie Sharp's men will be wary of that as they go in search of the result that will hoist them above Huntly in the Highland League standings.

If you are not able to make it through to Mosset Park to support the team then you can follow the game online. Log on to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter to gain updates on all of the major talking points as the game progresses, team lines before the match, a report shortly after full time and reaction from the Nairn camp later in the week. Preview below:

Date: Wednesday March 22nd 2017

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 2000

Opponents: Forres Mechanics

Manager: Charlie Rowley

Venue: Mosset Park, Forres

Previous meeting: Nairn County 4 Forres Mechanics 4 October 12th 2016

Last time out: Turriff United 3 Forres Mechanics 4; Lossiemouth 0 Nairn County 0

League position: Forres Mechanics 8th Nairn County 14th

Form guides: Nairn County LWLLWD Forres Mechanics D(W)LLLLW

Team news: Goalkeepers Dylan Maclean and Ryan Macleod are both struggling for fitness going into this local derby with the two shot stoppers suffering from groin strains with under-20s 'keeper Fraser Wilkie also unavailable because he is on holiday. Skipper Wayne Mackintosh is doubtful as well as he too has a groin problem and fellow midfielder Gregg Main definitely misses out on the short trip along the A96 as he serves the second match of his two-game suspension. Attacking pair Ross Naismith and Jamie Mackay are back in contention though having missed out at the weekend because of work commitments.

One to watch: Stuart Soane. An incredible 21 goals from centre-half this season marks the former Huntly and Formartine United man out as the Can Cans' number one threat. He sits at the top of the Forres scoring charts, one ahead of centre forward Lee Fraser and is a threat from set pieces as he showed at Station Park with a flashing front post header. It is not just aerially that Soane is a threat though as having played most of his career as an attacking midfield player, he is comfortable on the ball and has the aggression to step forward and snap into tackles in the middle of the park to set Charlie Rowley's team on their way with a counter attack.

Match officials: Referee Billy Baxter, Assistants Duncan Anderson and Mike Sinclair.

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy 3 degrees 7 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).

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