NOTHING less than a win at Fort William will do for Nairn County if they want to finish in the top six of the final Highland League table. Les Fridge takes his side down the A82 in search of the three points that would set things up nicely going into Saturday's final game of the season at Clachnacuddin. Full preview of the Fort William match below:
Date: Wednesday April 20th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Kick-off: 8.00 pm
Opponents: Fort William
Manager: Ally Ewen
Venue: Claggan Park, Fort William
Previous meeting: Nairn County 5 Fort William 2 October 10th 2015
Last time out: Huntly 1 Fort William 3; Forres Mechanics 2 Nairn County 2
League position: Fort William 17th Nairn County 8th
Form guides: Fort William LLWLLW Nairn County DWDD(L)LD
Team news: Michael Morrison and Gregg Main are doubts for the trip to Lochaber after sustaining injuries in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Forres Mechanics. Wayne Mackintosh came through his return to the starting eleven at the weekend unscathed and he continues to work his way towards full fitness again alongside Conor Gethins and Tony Wallace. Ross and Adam Naismith missed out at the weekend due to work commitments, which could also hamper their availability for this one alongside John Cameron and Bradley Halsman. Martin MacDonald has written off the rest of the season with the aim of being fully fit to return for pre-season training while Andrew Hardwick is on loan at Wednesday's opponents and will be ineligible to feature.
One to watch: Michael Ellis. The attacker bagged a double in Fort William's win at Huntly at the weekend and will be looking to continue that form when County make the trip west. The former Clachnacuddin player is one of the more experienced members of Ally Ewen's side and having returned to Claggan Park after a spell living in Australia, he will be aiming to be a part of another Fort side who can put together a string of wins after the Lochaber club won four Highland League matches in a row for the first time last season.
Match officials: Referee Billy Baxter; Assistants Chris MacLeod and Barry Stuart
Weather forecast: Sunny 10 degrees 4 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).