Nairn County v Fraserburgh - Preview

2nd December, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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FRASERBURGH returned to winning ways last weekend by edging past Fort William and they will come to Station Park looking to make it two wins on the spin against a Nairn County side they shared the points with earlier in the season.

That dramatic encounter at Bellslea saw Nairn earn their first point of the season but having let a 3-0 half time lead slip, it could have been even more for the visitors and how this one will go is anyone's guess with the Broch having turned the corner in their last few games following disappointing recent run of defeats.

Mark Cowie's men still sit in a lofty sixth place in the table despite that recent blip, which just goes to show how well the Broch had been doing prior to their recent run of defeats. Now that is over though, they will be looking for a further three points with Turriff United only ahead of them in the standings by virtue of goal difference.

It was another encouraging result for Nairn last weekend with a point garnered from the visit to Deveronvale, although manager Ronnie Sharp was disappointed with the performance levels dropping below their recent high standards and is now looking for his players to again show what they are capable of.

If you cannot make it along to Station Park to support the team, you can follow the match online through the NCFC Media live updates service on facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter. Coverage starts with team lines before kick-off, updates of all of the relevant talking points as the match progresses, a report available on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp later on the evening. A preview is available below:

Date: Saturday December 3rd 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Fraserburgh

Manager: Mark Cowie

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Fraserburgh 3 Nairn County 3 August 13th 2016

Last time out: Deveronvale 2 Nairn County 2; Fraserburgh 3 Fort William 2

League position: Nairn County 13th Fraserburgh 6th

Form guides: Nairn County LWWLDD Fraserburgh LLLLDW

Team news: Paul Macleod suffered a recurrence of his recent foot injury in training this week and is expected to be sidelined until the turn of the year. But midfielder Gregg Main returns from his suspension to boost Ronnie Sharp's numbers although Wayne Mackintosh is unavailable this weekend and will not be back in the squad until next weekend's trip to Buckie Thistle. First choice goalkeeper Dylan Maclean will also miss this one as he is away for the weekend and that means Ryan Macleod is set to be handed his second start for the club having made a successful debut at Huntly a month ago with under-20s stopper Fraser Wilkie keeping his place in the squad having been on the bench last Saturday. Willie Barron is back after missing the last few games due to work commitments but it is work commitments that again keep Jamie Mackay out of the squad for the Broch's visit.

One to watch: Ryan Cowie. A marauding full back who loves to get forward on the left side and delivers a wicked ball into the box, as Nairn found out to their cost in a bilateral encounter at the Bellslea in August. The visitors led 3-0 at half time that day but with Cowie providing the ammunition, Fraserburgh launched a successful second half fight back to earn a share of the spoils. Look out for the former Turriff United player to be over the set plays for Fraserburgh as well looking to cause problems with balls into the danger area or having a go himself from within shooting range.

Match officials: Referee Will Smith, Assistants Douglas Ross and Ewan Jarvie

Weather forecast: Sunny 3 degrees 5 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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