Nairn County v Formartine United - Preview

31st August, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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TITLE-challenging Formartine United are next up for Nairn County as they come to Station Park for this midweek Scottish Highland Football League fixture.

The men from Pitmedden have their sights firmly set on lifting the championship at the end of the season and only a bad day at the office against Wick Academy earlier this month has prevented them from ending the first month of the campaign with a 100 percent record.

The home side will have taken a confidence boost from the win at Keith on Saturday as they picked up their first three points of what has been a challenging opening few weeks and it is not set to get any easier for Ronnie Sharp's men against one of the bookies' favourites to win the title.

There will be live updates from the match on the Nairn County Facebook page and on Twitter at @NairnCounty if you are unable to make it along to Station Park to cheer on the team. Preview below:

Date: Wednesday August 31st 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship

Kick-off: 2000

Opponents: Formartine United

Manager: Kris Hunter

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 0 Formartine United 1 April 13th 2016

Last time out: Keith 0 Nairn County 1; Formartine United 4 Fort William 2

League position: Nairn County 14th Formartine United 5th

Form guides: Nairn County LLDLW Formartine United WLD(L)WWW

Team news: Midfield duo Willie Barron and Chris Moir return to the squad after missing the weekend win at Keith with the former coming through 90 minutes for the under-20s on Monday night. Kenny McKenzie is still working his way back from a knee injury though with Gregg Main also sidelined longer term because of an ankle problem. Paul Macleod sustained a knock in the match at Kynoch Park on Saturday but the hosts are hopeful that he will be able to take his place at the heart of the defence while Jamie Mackay could only make the bench at the weekend as he is still suffering the effects of a tight hamstring.

One to watch: Conor Gethins. The striker joined Formartine United in the summer after a goals-laden five years at Station Park which saw him average almost a goal in every game he appeared in a Nairn County shirt. The Irishman has hit the ground running with his new club as well and is already in among the goals having hit six goals in the red and white stripes. The striker needs no introduction and will be looking to mark his first return to Station Park by adding to his tally.

Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster Assistants Molly Alexander and Barry Stuart

Weather forecast: Light rain showers 15 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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