Nairn County v Cove Rangers - Preview

13th October, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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AFTER a trying few weeks for everyone at the club, competitive action returns to Station Park with a Scottish Cup second round tie against Cove Rangers.

The Aberdeen-based side have been battling on four fronts this season but their hopes in one competition came to an end last weekend when they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup at the third round stage by Irish outfit Crusaders, in what was Cove's first defeat of the season.

John Sheran's men have a November 4th date with Formartine United in the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup and currently sit second in the Highland League table, just one point behind leaders Fraserburgh but with two games in hand which have been built up because of their excessive cup commitments.

In this competition, they received a bye directly into round two having finished as runners-up in last season's Highland League championship and Nairn will be looking to make it back-to-back defeats for Cove as Ronnie Sharp's side return to action for the first time in a fortnight. You would have to go a long way back to find a time when the Aberdeen club last suffered that and having won by an incredible eight goals to nil at Station Park just a few short weeks ago, they are bound to come into this tie as heavy favourites, as County look to reach the third round having seen off Lowland League club Whitehill Welfare in round one.

If you cannot make it along to Station Park to cheer on the team, then you can follow updates from the match on the official Nairn County social media channels. Simply logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter before kick-off to receive notifications of team lines, all the major talking points of the tie as it progresses, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp afterwards. Meanwhile, you can view a preview of the match below:

Date: Saturday October 14th 2017

Competition: Scottish Cup Second Round

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Cove Rangers

Manager: John Sheran

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 0 Cove Rangers 8 September 16th 2017

Last time out: Brora Rangers 3 Nairn County 0; Cove Rangers 0 Crusaders 3

League position: Cove Rangers 2nd Nairn County 10th

Form guides: Nairn County LLWLWL Cove Rangers WWWWWL

Team news: Despite coming through the Calum Riddell match unscathed last weekend, Gregg Main and Callum Maclean are both not fit enough to feature in this tie, with the former set to receive his MRI scan results at the start of next month. Also out is Adam Naismith, who is attending a wedding, while Ryan MacDonald is away. Ross Naismith also may be unavailable for work commitments with goalkeeper Ryan Macleod out on loan at Inverness Athletic. Jason Morganti has been allowed to join Nairn St Ninian but midfielder Liam MacDonald joined on loan from Inverness CT yesterday and is in contention for an instant debut.

One to watch: Daniel Park. An attacker who is capable of playing the striker role or just off the front in Cove's free-flowing setup, the former Inverness CT youngster is just as capable of setting up a goal for a team mate as he is as scoring himself yet is always good for 20 plus goals per season. He is now in his second spell with Cove having spent time on loan at Keith in his first taste of Highland League football on loan from ICT with time at Formartine United sandwiched between his two stints with the nomadic Aberdeen club and has now seasoned into one of the most deadliest front men on the Highland League scene.

Match officials: Referee Duncan Smith, Assistants Gary McCarthy and Kieran Johnson.

Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 13 degrees 15 mph wind.

Admission prices: Adults £8 Concessions £5.

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