DEFEAT at Formartine United ended Nairn County's unbeaten run and now they face a stern test to immediately hit another similar seam of form as Brora Rangers visit Station Park in the quarter finals of the North of Scotland Cup.
County ran out of steam at North Lodge Park after some energy-sapping performances yielded an impressive 16 points from their opening seven fixtures as Callum Maclean's dismissal immediately after the second Formartine goal killed the match as a contest and opened the door for the home side the rack up an unanswered nap hand.
Brora have been quietly going about their business and eased through the first round of this competition a fortnight ago with a 2-0 victory over Clachnacuddin while in their most recent outing, a late Colin Williamson strike saw them add a further three points to their league tally as they edged past Deveronvale by the odd goal in five at Princess Royal Park.
If you cannot make it to Station Park to support the team in this tie, you can follow live coverage on the club's social media channels. Simply logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter for team lines before kick-off, live updates of all of the major talking points as the action progress, a report on the final whistle and reaction from Nairn manager Ronnie Sharp the following morning. Preview below:
Date: Wednesday September 6th 2017
Competition: North of Scotland Cup Quarter Finals
Opponents: Brora Rangers
Manager: Ross Tokely
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Brora Rangers 3 April 29th 2017
Last time out: Formartine United 5 Nairn County 0; Deveronvale 2 Brora Rangers 3
League position: Nairn County 7th Brora Rangers 5th
Form guides: Nairn County WDWWWL Brora Rangers WLWDWW
Team news: Ronnie Sharp is set to shake up his Nairn County team for this North of Scotland Cup tie. Ever-present Adam Porritt is out due to a family funeral while Kenny McKenzie is struggling with a hamstring strain and Jordan MacRae has been playing with an ankle knock. Also on the doubtful list is Ewen Urquhart, who has a heel problem. Callum Maclean was red-carded at Formartine United on Saturday but is available to play in this tie but goalkeeper Stephen Foster is still out due to the concussion he sustained against Lossiemouth 10 days ago. Craig Munro is available again after missing the weekend's match due to work commitments but Matty Macleod misses out as does Calum Riddell through illness while Jason Morganti and Stephen Mackenzie have work commitments. Club captain Gregg Main remains sidelined with a knee injury.
One to watch: Paul Brindle. The striker has found his form again after a stop-start second season at Dudgeon Park last time out. The former Clachnacuddin forward hit the ground running in Brora red with an impressive first campaign for the Cattachs two years ago but is now returning to the sort of form that earned him his move to Brora in the first place. He worked his way up through the ranks and once featured as a trialist for Nairn in 2011 while a Muir of Ord player but was overlooked for a permanent deal at Station Park, pitching up at Grant Street Park two years later. County's loss was Clach's game as the livewire forward went on to establish himself as one of the league's most deadly strikers for the Lilywhites and will be targeting more medals for his collection in this competition.
Match officials: Referee Dan MacFarlane, Assistants Andrew Bannerman and Duncan Shepherd.
Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 14 degrees 13 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).