THE first match of Nairn County's pre-season preparations takes place at Station Park on Thursday night as caretaker manager Andy Naismith gets the first opportunity to run the rule over the his squad in a match situation following several weeks of training. Preview below:
Date: Thursday July 7th 2016
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly Challenge Match
Kick-off: 7.30 pm
Opponents: Inverness CT
Manager: Richie Foran
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 0 Inverness CT 1 July 18th 2015
Last time out: n/a
League position: n/a
Form guides: n/a
Team news: Calum Antell, Michael Morrison, Conor Gethins, Sam Urquhart, Bradley Halsman and Tony Wallace have all left the club since the end of last season. Alan Pollock is unavailable due to being on his honeymoon and Gregg Main has an ankle injury which rules him out. Robbie Duncanson and John Cameron remain on the transfer list at their own request but both should be available for selection in this one if the latter does not have work commitments. Martin MacDonald - who has also requested a transfer - is injured having undergone a knee operation this summer. Caretaker manager Andy Naismith will run the rule over a handful of trialists who have been training with the squad during pre-season and may choose to also include some of the club's promising under-20s players.
One to watch: Greg Tansey. The English midfielder is in his second spell with Inverness CT and brings a pedigree to new manager Richie Foran's engine room. He almost departed for Aberdeen in January but Foran will be glad to have inherited such a talent when he took on the job in the summer.
Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster; Assistants Douglas Ross and Ally Bruce
Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 16 degrees 14 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).