A ROAD trip to Keith follows Wednesday night’s home match against Rothes for Nairn County as they look to bounce back from the midweek reverse to the Speysiders at Station Park.
The home side had the chances to take something from the game on the overall balance of play but wastefulness in the last third added to Rothes’s clinical display in front of goal left Ronnie Sharp’s side with an uphill task at the break with the visitors putting themselves in the box seat for an eventual 4-2 win with a 4-1 half time advantage.
Keith will also be looking for a positive result after a midweek home defeat having gone down 2-0 at home to Deveronvale on Wednesday night. That followed their weekend five-goal reverse to champions elect, Cove Rangers but the Highland League (Morganti) Cup offered much positivity for the Maroons a fortnight ago as they eased into the quarter finals with an impressive 3-0 success away at Buckie Thistle.
A home tie against either Brora Rangers or Turriff United awaits Dean Donaldson’s men in the last eight of the competition and the Keith boss will be eager for his players to go into that tie with some momentum behind them, which they will go a long way to building by taking all three points in this one as they look to close the gap on Lossiemouth above them but at the same time, stave off the threat of ever-improving Strathspey Thistle.
We will bring you live play-by-play coverage from this match tomorrow, so if you cannot make it to Kynoch Park to support the team then make sure you are logged on to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter to follow all the action, starting with team line-ups before kick-off, coverage of all of the major talking points throughout the match as they happen, a report on the final whistle and report from the Nairn camp later in the evening. You can also keep up-to-date with everything behind-the-scenes at Station Park on the club’s new Instagram page by following @nairncountyfc. Meanwhile, preview of the match is below:
Date: Saturday February 24th 2018
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Manager: Dean Donaldson
Venue: Kynoch Park, Keith
Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Keith 1 September 9th 2017
Last time out: Keith 0 Deveronvale 2; Nairn County 2 Rothes 4
League position: Keith 16th Nairn County 11th
Form guides: Keith LLLWLL Nairn County DWWWWL
Team news: The visitors are set to welcome Inaki Fernandino-Soto back into the squad for this trip to Kynoch Park after he missed the midweek match against Rothes. It is touch-and-go whether Jack Maclean will be fit though after he sat out that game on Wednesday night having limped off at half-time during last Saturday’s home win over Strathspey Thistle having taken a whack to the calf. Goalkeeper Dylan Maclean is still sidelined with strained ankle ligaments while also out are Callum Ednie (hamstring) and Gregg Main (knee).
One to watch: Cammy Keith. The striker broke Keith’s all-time club goalscoring record in some style a fortnight ago as he bagged a hat-trick to down Buckie Thistle at Victoria Park and send the reigning league champions spiralling out of the Highland League (Morganti) Cup. He is now in his second spell with the Maroons after a free-scoring first stint at Kynoch Park yielded numerous trophies including a championship and league cup double in 2007 and the Highland League Player of the Year prize on two separate occasions. He has also spent time at Formartine United in his career but has been back with Keith for a year or so now and will be desperate to increase his record tally.
Match officials: Referee Greg Soutar, Assistants Craig Veitch and Brian Dean.
Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 5 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).