Nairn County v Cove Rangers - Preview

16th March, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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FORMER Nairn County player John Sheran takes his title-challenging Cove Rangers side to Station Park. Kick-off is at 8.00 pm and a Preview of the match is below:

Date: Wednesday March 16th 2015

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 8.00 pm

Opponents: Cove Rangers

Manager: John Sheran

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Cove Rangers 6 Nairn County 1 October 3rd 2015

Last time out: Nairn County 2 Turriff United 0; Brora Rangers 2 Cove Rangers 2 AET (Brora win on pens)

League position: Nairn County 6th Cove Rangers 2nd

Form guides: Nairn County WWLDWW Cove Rangers WWWWWD(L)

Team news: Gregg Main and Paul Macleod return from suspension to boost manager Les Fridge's under-strength squad. Club captain Michael Morrison is also available again after missing the Highland League (Morganti) Cup semi final win over Turriff United on Saturday but Bradley Halsman is out due to work commitments, which may also rule John Cameron, Ross Naismith and Adam Naismith out of this fixture. Definitely out are Tony Wallace, Martin MacDonald and Wayne Mackintosh as they remain the treatment table while Andrew Hardwick is on loan at Fort William.

One to watch: Jonny Smith. The centre forward has been in the shadows somewhat this season because of the free-scoring exploits of his strike partner, Daryl Nicol. But the centre forward has really stepped up to the plate during the second half of the season, especially after Nicol incurred a suspension having been red carded in a game against Wick Academy last month. Smith is a powerful attacker and always stands out in fixtures against Nairn, making him one of several players County will have to keep an eye on this evening.

Match officials: Referee Calum Spence; Assistants Davy Robertson and Mike Sinclair

Weather forecast: Thick cloud 6 degrees 5 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)

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