RONNIE Sharp will be hoping for a better defensive display from his side all over the park on Saturday as Nairn County travel to Keith for their fifth Scottish Highland Football League fixture of the 2016/17 season.
The boss will be disappointed that three goals apiece in games away at Fraserburgh and at home against Buckie Thistle has only yielded one point in their last two outings and he will be looking for his troops to continue that sort of return in the final third but to also keep the back door closed at the other end.
NCFC Media will be at Kynoch Park, so if you are unable to attend the match you can follow live updates on facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter starting with team lines about half-an-hour before kick and followed by live updates from the match as it happens with a full report on the final whistle and reaction from the County camp later in the evening. In the meantime, a Preview of the match is below:
Date: Saturday August 27th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship
Manager: Allan Hale
Venue: Kynoch Park, Keith
Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Keith 1 February 6th 2016
Last time out: Fort William 2 Keith 3; Nairn County 3 Buckie Thistle 8
League position: Keith 7th Nairn County 16th
Form guides: Nairn County LLDL Keith LWLWW
Team news: New signing Chris Moir will miss the trip to Kynoch Park as will Willie Barron because of work commitments. Kenny McKenzie is still on the treatment table with a knee injury but Callum Ednie has returned to training after damaging ankle ligaments against Brora Rangers on the opening day of the season. Jamie Mackay is a doubt though having limped off during the first half of last Saturday's match against Buckie Thistle with a recurrence of the hamstring problem that has bothered him over the last few weeks while Gregg Main is still some way away from a return to the team with an ankle injury keeping the midfielder sidelined.
One to watch: Luke Barbour. The striker is in fine form so far this season and bagged a hat trick against Strathspey Thistle a fortnight ago before following that up with another strike on Keith's win at Fort William last Saturday as he converted a penalty. He is a player who has flourished under the guidance of Allan Hale, excelling in the attack for the Maroons since his manager arrived at Kynoch Park and has been repaying the faith shown in him to lead the Keith attack at the expense of some of the more experienced strikers at the club.
Match officials: Referee Mat Northcroft Assistants Kevin Anderson and Lee Robertson
Weather forecast: Light rain showers 15 degrees 5 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).