THERE is midweek derby action at Station Park as Nairn County welcome Forres Mechanics for a rearranged fixture that was due to be played at the start of the month but was cancelled due to the Can Cans being in Scottish Cup first round replay action.
The Mechanics sit in mid-table with 15 points from their 12 league outings so far this season and a winnable Scottish Cup second round tie against Cumbernauld Colts to look forward to at the end of the month. Boss Charlie Rowley will be eager for his troops to put a winning run together going into that match and they will arrive at Station Park confident of taking all three points off a County side they are currently six places above in the table.
If you cannot make it to tonight's derby match, you will be able to follow live updates from Station Park on the official NCFC Media feeds on Facebook at facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter. A preview of the match is below:
Date: Wednesday October 12th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Opponents: Forres Mechanics
Manager: Charlie Rowley
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Forres Mechanics 2 Nairn County 2 April 16th 2016
Last time out: Nairn County 3 Rothes 0; Forres Mechanics 0 Cove Rangers 4
League position: Nairn County 15th Forres Mechanics 9th
Form guides: Nairn County LWLLLW Forres Mechanics WWDWLL
Team news: Gregg Main is available again having missed the weekend's win over Rothes while Wayne Mackintosh trained on Tuesday night and is edging closer and closer to full fitness once again. Willie Barron is also available once more having recovered from a hamstring injury but Dylan Mackenzie is expected to be sidelined again as he continues to suffer from a back problem. Also out are Paul Macleod - as he takes a belated honeymoon - and Callum Ednie, who has work commitments.
One to watch: Lee Fraser. The powerful centre forward provides the focal point of the Forres attack and he is netting at a ratio of a goal every other game so far this season with six strikes from 12 outings. He is a big handful at set pieces, which the County defence will have to be wary of and his hold up play with his back to goal brings the Can Cans' other attackers Scott Graham, John Cameron and Liam Baxter into play. That trio provides the pace and trickery with manager Charlie Rowley striking the right balance to cause team problems and he will be looking for a positive performance from Fraser as he goes in search of all three points at Station Park.
Match officials: Referee Billy Baxter, Assistants Ewan Jarvie and David Alexander
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy 8 degrees 8 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).