IT is derby day at Station Park tomorrow with Forres Mechanics the visitors. The Can Cans were turned over by County earlier in the season in a tightly-contested North Cup semi final at Mosset Park and it is sure to be another close encounter tomorrow, with the two clubs locked together in the current Highland League table on the same number of points and the same goal difference, with only goals scored keeping Nairn above their visitors. A preview of the derby is below.
Date: Saturday November 7th 2015
Competition: Highland League
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Opponents: Forres Mechanics
Manager: Charlie Rowley
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Forres Mechanics 0 Nairn County 1 September 16th 2015
Last time out: Nairn County 1 Huntly 0; Forres Mechanics 2 East Kilbride 0
League position: Nairn County 10th Forres Mechanics 11th
Form guides: Nairn County LWLDLW Forres Mechanics WWWLDL
Team news: Nairn are boosted by the return of Paul Macleod and Michael Morrison from suspension, although the latter is still struggling with a calf complaint. Sean Webb is a doubt again due to a back injury and Martin MacDonald is still out with a knee injury. Wayne Mackintosh will have the knee injury he sustained at Wick last Saturday operated on, which means he is unavailable but Ross Naismith is back after missing the midweek win over Huntly because of work commitments.
One to watch: Dachi Khutsishvili. The Georgian midfielder looks to get forward at every opportunity to support the Forres strike pairing of Lee Fraser and Liam Baxter. He started his career on these shores at Inverness CT before spells with Elgin City and Clachnacuddin prior to joining Forres Mechanics. He has established himself as one of Charlie Rowley's first picks and his pace in attacking areas has the potential to hurt teams. He was one of Forres' better players when these two sides met in the semi final of the North of Scotland Cup almost two months ago and he will cause the hosts problems tomorrow if he is not handled appropriately.
Match officials: Referee George Robertson; Assistants Allan Cunningham and Brian Dean
Weather forecast: Light 10 degrees 6 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).