Nairn County v Fort William - Preview

10th March, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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BOTTOM club Fort William are at Station Park looking for the result that could take them off the foot of the Highland League table against a Nairn County side which saw Deveronvale draw level on points with them last weekend.

Vale's victory over Keith and County's home defeat to Turriff United mean that the Banffers are only behind Nairn by virtue of goal difference with the same number of games played but a home win could see Ronnie Sharp's side reduce the gap up to Huntly to just a point if the Christie Park outfit are beaten at Keith.

Fort William succumbed by four goals to one to Lossiemouth at Claggan Park but will take heart from their showing when these two clubs met in September, with Nairn trailing at the break and having to dig deep to grind out a fortunate 2-1 win thanks to second half efforts from Paul Macleod and Dylan Mackenzie.

If you cannot make it along to Station Park to support the team then you can follow progress of the match on Facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter, where you will find team lines before kick-off, updates on all of the major talking points as they happen throughout the match and confirmation of the final score as the whistle blows. You will also be able to access a match report shortly after the final whistle and reaction for the Nairn camp in the evening. In the meantime, a preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday March 11th 2017

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Fort William

Manager: Ally Ewen

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Fort William 1 Nairn County 2 September 14th 2016

Last time out: Nairn County 1 Turriff United 2; Fort William 1 Lossiemouth 4

League position: Nairn County 14th Fort William 18th

Form guides: Nairn County DWLWLL Fort William LLLLLL

Team news: Dylan Maclean is still on the injury list with the neck injury he sustained against Turriff United a fortnight ago and he is still a few weeks away from a top team comeback. Jack Maclean returns from suspension though but Jamie Mackay serves a ban having been red-carded last Saturday. Gregg Main's 12th caution in just 16 appearances this season means that he has an upcoming two-match suspension to serve but he is free to play in this one and Paul Macleod is fit again having had stitches removed from a head wound.

One to watch: Scott Davidson. The attacker has scored 16 goals in Fort colours this season and is on the brink of returning to the Lochaber side after a recent spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Pacy and powerful, the attacker is Fort's number one threat going forward and he will be hungry to add to his goals tally after being on the injury list for the past few weeks. The Fort can climb off the foot of the table with a win in this one if Strathspey Thistle drop points and Davidson could hold the key to their hopes of picking up the three points if he is fit and firing on all cylinders.

Match officials: Referee Billy Baxter, Assistants Davy Robertson and David Alexander.

Weather forecast: Sunny 11 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).

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