DEFENDING Highland League champions Brora Rangers are in town this Wednesday night as we look for our first home victory over the Sutherland club since battering them 6-0 three years ago. A preview of the match is below.
Date: Wednesday September 9th 2015
Competition: Scottish Highland League
Kick off: 8.00 pm
Opponents: Brora Rangers
Manager: Richard Brittain
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 0 Brora Rangers 3 April 1st 2015
Last time out: Keith 0 Nairn County 2; Brora Rangers 3 Clachnacuddin 0
League positions: Nairn County 5th Brora Rangers 2nd
Form guides: Brora Rangers WWWLWW Nairn County WWWWLW
Team news: Sean Webb and Alan Pollock return to the County squad having missed the win over Keith at the weekend. Wayne Mackintosh appeared as a late substitute in that one as he continues to make his way back from a longstanding groin problem but is not fit enough to play from the start quite yet. Also on the road to recovery is Martin MacDonald, who hopes to participate in the pre-match warm up for this one but will not feature in the game itself. Michael Morrison is a doubt with a calf problem while Tony Wallace is having his knee checked this week to determine the extent of the damage caused to it during the North of Scotland Cup tie at Strathspey Thistle. Andrew Hardwick continues his loan at Fort William but Paul Macleod will be a part of the County squad again having been recalled from his loan at Strathspey Thistle to play from the start at Keith. Kenny McKenzie is still unavailable.
One to watch: Grant Munro. The imperious centre half is the beating heart of this successful Brora Rangers team and central to the Cattachs’ major achievements over the last few seasons. Playing at a level far below his capabilities, he openly admits that Highland League football suits his personal circumstances and that he has no desire to move upwards again. Those words will have struck fear into opposition strikers across the north who all do well to get even a sniff of goal when they come up against Munro, who also acts as a superb communicator for the other defenders and midfielders around about him in manager Richard Brittain’s line up.
Match officials: Referee Mat Northcroft; Assistants Mark Conway and Kevin Anderson
Weather forecast: Clear sky 13 degrees 3 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).