Nairn County v Buckie Thistle - Preview

19th August, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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A 3-3 draw at Fraserburgh last weekend saw Nairn County get off the mark for the new season and they now look to garner their first home points of the season when Buckie Thistle arrive at Station Park.

The Jags have made a scintillating start to the new campaign boasting a 100 percent record having banged in 22 goals in four games across two competitions. They sit proudly at the top of the table and it has been a continuation of their impressive second half of the season form from the last campaign, which saw them propel themselves up from the bottom half of the standings to a sixth place finish with an impressive run of form following a 6-1 thrashing from Nairn at Christmas time. A preview of Saturday's is below:

Date: Saturday August 20th 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Buckie Thistle

Manager: Graeme Stewart

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Buckie Thistle 1 Nairn County 6 December 19th 2016

Last time out: Fraserburgh 3 Nairn County 3; Buckie Thistle 4 Fort William 2

League position: Nairn County 15th Buckie Thistle 1st

Form guides: Nairn County LLD Buckie Thistle WWWW

Team news: Wayne Mackintosh and Gary Kerr are doubts for Nairn County ahead of this one as they have hamstring and foot injuries respectively. Gregg Main is still ruled out because of a long term ankle problem while Callum Ednie also has a similar injury and Kenny McKenzie is still working his way back from the knee injury he sustained during pre-season. Willie Barron missed last week's trip to Fraserburgh through work commitments and is again unavailable for this one due to being on call but Stephen Mackenzie and Chris Moir are set to be involved again. But trialists Liam Keogh and Marc Macdonald will not feature because of family commitments and lack of match fitness respectively. Ross Naismith missed Tuesday night's friendly against Inverness CT and he also comes back into contention.

One to watch: John McLeod. The centre forward has started to season on fire for the Jags having moved to Victoria Park from Brora Rangers in the summer. A hot streak for Fort William earned him a move to Dudgeon Park halfway through last season and although he never played as frequently as he would have liked for the Cattachs, he has certainly regained his form since joining Buckie. Indeed, after being subbed off at half time of Thistle's thumping Aberdeenshire Cup win at Keith last midweek, his record stood at an incredible 10 goals from the opening two-and-a-half games of the season. His goals have helped propel Graeme Stewart's side to the top of the table on goal difference where they are a comfortable eight goals better off than fellow 100 percent starters Lossiemouth.

Match officials: Referee Liam Duncan Assistants Barry Stuart and Duncan Nicolson

Weather forecast: Light cloud 19 degrees 14 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)

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