Nairn County v Clachnacuddin - Preview

29th December, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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THERE will be an attacking boost to Ronnie Sharp's squad ahead of the visit of Clachnacuddin to Station Park with the manager not only set to be able to call upon his top scorer again but also another pair of attackers who missed the Christmas visit to Formartine United.

The Lilywhites took the spoils when these two clubs met at Grant Street Park back at the start of September with a single goal from Michael Finnis's penalty enough to settle that one but in truth, it could have been a lot more for the home side with them passing up another spot kick opportunity while Nairn rarely looked like troubling the home side's goalkeeper.

That was the spark for Iain Polworth's side to go on a fantastic run of form that saw them shoot up the Highland League table and although they have failed to sustain such a relentless run in recent week, they will arrive at Station Park confident of doing the double over a Nairn side who are winless in almost two months.

You can follow live coverage of this match on facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter with team lines available before kick-off, live updates of all of the major talking points as the match progresses, a report on the final whistle and reaction after the match. Please note that kick-off is at 8.00 pm. Full preview below:

Date: Friday December 30th 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 2000

Opponents: Clachnacuddin

Manager: Iain Polworth

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Clachnacuddin 1 Nairn County 0 September 3rd 2016

Last time out: Formartine United 2 Nairn County 0; Clachnacuddin 2 Fort William 2

League position: Nairn County 14th Clachnacuddin 11th

Form guides: Nairn County DDLLDL Clachnacuddin DLLLWD

Team news: Willie Barron and Jamie Mackay are added to the Nairn County squad after missing last week's trip to Formartine United because of work commitments while Gary Kerr returns having been unavailable for the last two fixtures because of suspension. Paul Macleod and Jason Morganti are also pushing hard to be fit enough to feature having been suffering with ankle and groin injuries respectively over the last few weeks. However, captain Wayne Mackintosh misses this one as he is attending a wedding while goalkeeper Ryan Macleod is looking to shake off a knock he picked up at training in time to be included in the squad.

One to watch: Daniel MacLennan. The powerful centre forward has picked up where he left off after returning to Grant Street Park after a spell of playing in Australia. Strong with his back to goal yet nimble on his feet, MacLennan has the ability to hold the ball up and bring his nippier attacking team mates into play and that is a ploy that Nairn are going to have to be wary of if they want to shut the Lilywhites out in this end-of-year derby.

Match officials: Referee Alan Proctor, Assistants David Milligan and Lee Robertson

Weather forecast: Light cloud 11 degrees 23 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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