A DEFEAT in this fixture will see Nairn County sink to the foot of the Scottish Highland Football League table but Ronnie Sharp's men will be going all out to prevent that from happening having put in a disappointing performance against Strathspey Thistle on Saturday.
The Jags recorded their first ever win over the club with their 2-0 victory at Station Park and Sharp made his feelings clear to his charges after the match. The boss is demanding a positive reaction but will again have to do without a number of key players as County look to immediately bounce back.
NCFC Media will be at Claggan Park to provide live updates from the match through the club's official social media channels - facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter. If you are unable to make it to the match then you can follow all of the action on either of these feeds as it happens. In the mean time, a full preview is below:
Date: Wednesday September 14th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship
Opponents: Fort William
Manager: Ally Ewan
Venue: Claggan Park, Fort William
Previous meeting: Fort William 0 Nairn County 3 April 20th 2016
Last time out: Fort William 3 Wick Academy 8; Nairn County 0 Strathspey Thistle 2
League position: Fort William 18th Nairn County 17th
Form guides: Fort William LLLLWL Nairn County DLWLLL
Team news: County's list of absentees shows no signs of decreasing anytime soon with only one of the seven first team players who missed Saturday's match due to return to the squad for this trip to the west Highlands. Jamie Mackay is back in the squad having been away on holiday but Willie Barron, Wayne Mackintosh and Gregg Main are still on the treatment table with hamstring, achilles and ankle injuries respectively. Jason Morganti also joins them having recently suffered a recurrence of his long term ankle niggle. Gary Kerr is suspended having been sent off in the final minute of the game at the weekend while Callum Maclean and Ryan Macleod miss out due to holidays. Marc MacDonald will be involved again as a trialist along with a number of the under-20s squad.
One to watch: Scott Davidson. The lively attacker has been in among the goals lately and grabbed a double in his side's defeat to Wick Academy at the weekend. His side has managed 12 goals in the league so far this season and Davidson has grabbed five of them himself. He is enjoying a new lease of life at Claggan Park having not been given the chance to shine while at Clachnacuddin earlier in his career. The forward will come into the match confident of adding to his tally as the Fort look to condemn County to bottom spot in the table.
Match officials: Referee Graham Grainger, Assistants Chris Hughes and Gary Toland
Weather forecast: Light cloud 17 degrees 4 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).