TWO encouraging performances are yet to yield any points for Ronnie Sharp's Nairn County team this season and it is not going to get any easier this weekend with a trip to high-flying Fraserburgh.
The Broch's Bellslea ground is notoriously one of the most difficult away venues in the Scottish Highland League and with the home side going into the match in fine form, it is going to make the challenge even more difficult as Nairn look to get off the mark for the 2016/17 campaign. Preview below:
Date: Saturday August 13th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship
Manager: Mark Cowie
Venue: Bellslea, Fraserburgh
Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Fraserburgh 1 April 6th 2016
Last time out: Fraserburgh 3 Formartine United 3 AET (Fraserburgh won 5-4 on penalties); Nairn County 1 Deveronvale 2
League position: Nairn County 17th Fraserburgh 3rd
Form guides: Fraserburgh WWD(W) Nairn County LL
Team news: Willie Barron misses this trip east along the coast because of work commitments after an impressive display at centre half against Deveronvale last weekend. But defensive duo Paul Macleod and Calum Riddell come back into the squad after missing out against the Banffers due to the former's wedding. Gregg Main and Callum Ednie both have ankle injuries and will not feature while Kenny McKenzie is still ruled out due to a knee problem. Trialists Chris Moir and Stephen Mackenzie are expected to be in the squad again where they will be joined by Jason Morganti, who is also on trial. Marc Macdonald and Liam Keogh - who are also training with the squad and attempting to win deals - are still working towards full fitness and will not feature in this one but are available for Tuesday night's friendly against Inverness CT.
One to watch: Dean Cowie. The tenacious midfielder with an eye for goal is always one of the Broch's top performers. Despite a red card in this fixture last season, he still played an important role as the home side took all three points and will be at the fulcrum of the Fraserburgh midfield as they aim to add another three points to their tally on Saturday having already recorded wins over Strathspey Thistle and Fort William. He found the net in Wednesday night's Aberdeenshire Cup match at Formartine United as the Broch progressed on penalties and he will be one who his brother and manager Mark Cowie will be hoping can inspire the hosts to another victory.
Match officials: Referee Graham Beaton Assistants Anthony Cooper and Bob Inkster
Weather forecast: Light cloud 16 degrees 15 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).