THE trend of facing teams in top form continues for Nairn County as they welcome sixth placed Huntly to Station Park fresh off the back of tricky encounters with fellow high-flyers Inverurie Locos and Fraserburgh.
Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson's men have not lost a game since defeat at Buckie Thistle over a month ago, a run which has encompassed impressive wins over Wick Academy and Formartine United as well as the 2-2 draw at Rothes on Saturday, where Huntly fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point.
Nairn have struggled for traction in recent weeks with a routine 2-0 success at Strathspey Thistle all they have to show since the Scottish Cup win over Whitehill Welfare six-and-a-half weeks ago, having lost on their four other outings, which all came against the Highland League's top four clubs with Cove Rangers, Fraserburgh, Inverurie Locos and Brora Rangers all earning victories against Ronnie Sharp's men.
And it is not set to get any easier for County tonight with Huntly arriving at Station Park looking to make it five games unbeaten having gone on a run which has seen them surge up the Highland League standings to sixth place. They will go into this match in the knowledge that three points will make their league position look even healthier because with Formartine United inactive, the Black and Golds have the chance to leapfrog the Pitmedden side into fifth spot.
You can follow all of the action from Station Park this evening through the official Nairn County social media channels. Simply logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or follow @NairnCounty on Twitter to gain access to the team line-ups before kick-off, updates on all of the major talking points from the match as it goes on, a report on the final whistle and reaction tomorrow. A preview of the fixture is below:
Date: Wednesday November 8th 2017
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Manager: Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Huntly 1 April 1st 2017
Last time out: Fraserburgh 4 Nairn County 1; Rothes 2 Nairn County 2
League position: Nairn County 12th Huntly 6th
Form guides: Nairn County WLLWLL Huntly WLWWWD
Team news: Kenny McKenzie misses out on the visit of Huntly to Station Park having injured a toe in the defeat at Fraserburgh on Saturday and is added to a growing list of absentees, which already includes Gregg Main and Callum Maclean. The former received the results of the MRI scan of his injured knee at the start of the week and will not return to action until next season at the earliest while Maclean is hoping to be back from a hamstring injury by the end of the month. Ryan MacDonald will also be on the sidelines having sustained a hip injury, Ewen Urquhart is still unavailable while Craig Munro is ruled out because of an ankle injury. The hosts are set to include Cameron Maclean and Joe Cuthbert from the under-20s squad as well as a trialist.
One to watch: Gary McGowan. A double at the weekend for the forward shows that he is a prominent part of the Huntly front line and one of the main reasons why they have reached such a lofty position in the league table at this stage of the season. The experienced attacker has had spells with Deveronvale, Formartine United and Turriff United as well as Down Under in his lengthy career and is now back with his home town club and settled into the role of chief protagonist on the attacking front for the Black and Golds, a role in which he revels. After an injury plagued campaign last year - which included being stretchered off at Station Park in April having already returned from a long term absence - he is leading the way again in front of goal for Huntly and bagged a brace at MacKessack Park on Saturday as his side battled back from two goals down to earn a point at Rothes.
Match officials: Referee David Watt, Assistants David Alexander and Davy Robertson.
Weather forecast: Thick cloud 11 degrees 20 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).