CHAMPIONSHIP challengers Formartine United visit Station Park on Saturday looking for the victory which would keep their Highland League title fate in their own hands. Kris Hunter's men know that if they win all 11 of their remaining fixtures then they will emerge with the crown come the end of the season. Plotting to upend them are a Nairn County side who put a dent in Brora Rangers' title hopes at the start of the month. A full preview is below:
Date: Saturday January 30th 2015
Competition: Scottish Highland League
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Opponents: Formartine United
Manager: Kris Hunter
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Formartine United 5 Nairn County 1 October 7th 2015
Last time out: Brora Rangers 1 Nairn County 2; Fraserburgh 1 Formartine United 1
League position: Nairn County 6th Formartine United 3rd
Form guides: Nairn County WWWWLW Formartine United DLWWWD
Team news: Tony Wallace is sidelined for this one having suffered a recurrence of the knee injury which kept him out of action for two months at the start of the season. The attacker sustained the injury in training last week and is due to have the damage assessed once the swelling has subsided. Martin MacDonald - fresh from signing a new contract - is back in training but this game comes too soon for the defender and he will not be able to extend his impressive record of three goals in nine appearances in clashes with Formartine. Glenn Main has also returned to training after being out for over a month with a toe injury but Wayne Mackintosh's knee injury keeps him on the sidelines. John Cameron has joined Andrew Hardwick on loan at Fort William with the striker making the temporary switch to the Lochaber club for an initial one-month period while brothers Adam and Ross Naismith - both officers with Police Scotland - may miss out due to work commitments.
One to watch: Scott Barbour. The impressive winger has been a thorn in County's side every time he has faced Nairn, whether it is in the colours of Formartine United or his previous club, Fraserburgh. The wide man won the Highland League Young Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons during his time at the Broch and has continued his scintillating form since making the switch to North Lodge in a big-money summer switch. He was one of United's top performers in their comfortable win over Nairn in the Autumn and keeping tabs on him will be one of County's main aims tomorrow if they want to upset a second successive title contender.
Match officials: Referee Graham Fraser; Assistants Gary Falconer and Sean Thomson
Weather forecast: Light cloud 3 degrees 19 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).