Nairn County v Huntly - Preview

31st March, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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REVENGE will be in the minds of the Huntly players as they make the trip to Station Park having thrown away 3-1 and 4-2 leads at Christie Park when Nairn visited earlier in the season, with the away side eventually emerging with a 6-4 victory.

Since then, there has been a change of management and a number of quality additions to the playing squad with new bosses Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson going in search of a third win in a row having dumped Fort William before severely denting Buckie Thistle's title challenge with a last-gasp victory in the previous outing.

Results such as that serve notice to the rest of the league of Roddie and Wilson's intentions for their side with the Black and Golds narrowly edged out by the odd goal in five by Brora Rangers in the Highland League (Morganti) Cup and being held to a draw by Formartine United, who needed an injury time equaliser to secure a share of the spoils just when it looked as if Huntly had won it.

Three points at Station Park against the club immediately below them in the table will be the target of a side high on confidence following that win last week with Nairn at a low ebb following their heaviest defeat of the season last time out when they lost at Forres Mechanics a week-and-a-half ago. The hosts will demand a positive reaction in their final home league match of the season.

There will be full live coverage of this match on the official Nairn County social media feeds facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter with team lines available before kick-off, updates of all of the major talking points as the match progresses, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp in the evening. A preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday April 1st 2017

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Huntly

Manager: Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Huntly 4 Nairn County 6 November 5th 2016

Last time out: Forres Mechanics 7 Nairn County 1; Huntly 1 Nairn County 0

League position: Nairn County 14th Huntly 13th

Form guides: Nairn County WLLWDL Huntly DLWLWW

Team news: Gregg Main returns to the fold having served a two-match suspension and a late call will be made on the goalkeeping position with Dylan Maclean and Ryan Macleod both pushing to be involved having trained this week. Under-20s stopper, Fraser Wilkie has been back-up to the club's two first-choice stoppers throughout the season and performed admirably when he stepped in for the recent home win over Fort William but is on holiday for this one.

One to watch: Gary McGowan. The livewire attacker has played a key role in Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson's reinvigoration of this Huntly side with the return of the 32-year-old from a long term injury helping the Black and Golds to achieve a number of positive results. The former Deveronvale, Formartine United and Turriff United player, who has also played in Australia, brings experience to the Huntly frontline and is now back with his hometown club having enjoyed a successful spell at Christie Park earlier in his career. McGowan has quickly found his stride under the new management team at Huntly, so much so that he has been made captain and he will undoubtedly have a say in whether or not he is able to lead his side to another victory in this one.

Match officials: Referee Thomas Shaw, Assistants Barry Stuart and David Alexander.

Weather forecast: Light rain showers 10 degrees 6 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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