Nairn County v Inverurie Locos - Preview

11th November, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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INVERURIE Locos come to Station Park this weekend off the back of a five-match winning streak that has taken them up the Highland League table and into the final of the Aberdeenshire Shield.

On Wednesday, Scott Buchan led his men past Huntly in the last four of the Shield thanks to a late winner and they will go into this weekend's fixture brimming with confidence having also got past Turriff United in that competition and recorded league successes over Deveronvale, Strathspey Thistle and Fort William since they last tasted anything other than victory.

Nairn fought back from 3-0 down to turn Huntly over seven days ago in a remarkable game at Christie Park and the physical and mental exploits of such a monumental fight back may still be having an effect on Ronnie Sharp's players going into this weekend's home match.

You can follow live coverage of the proceedings at Station Park through NCFC Media on facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter with team lines before the match starts, updates of all of the major talking points as they happen during the match, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp later in the evening. Meanwhile, a preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday November 12th 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Inverurie Locos

Manager: Scott Buchan

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Inverurie Locos 1 Nairn County 1 November 14th 2015

Last time out: Huntly 4 Nairn County 6; Inverurie Locos 3 Fort William 0

League position: Nairn County 13th Inverurie Locos 12th

Form guides: Nairn County LWDLWW Inverurie Locos LWWWWW

Team news: Goalkeeper Dylan Maclean pulled out of last weekend's win at Huntly during the pre-match warm up because of sickness but he has returned to training this week. That means manager Ronnie Sharp has a decision to make between the posts with 19-year-old Ryan Macleod deputising at Christie Park. Another late call off from that match was Paul Macleod, who had not recovered from his foot injury in sufficient time to feature. He is also expected to be on the sidelines for this one too where he will join Calum Riddell, who is still out with the shoulder injury he sustained a fortnight ago. Dylan Mackenzie aggravated a pre-existing back injury playing for the under-20s on Monday night and Willie Barron has work commitments but Chris Moir returns to the fold and some of the under-20s squad are expected to be called into the matchday pool.

One to watch: Colin Charlesworth. The attacking midfielder is one of Locos' biggest threats going forward and has the ability to chip in with goals from the middle of the park. Having been released by Elgin City as a youngster, he found his feet in the Highland League during an impressive spell with Lossiemouth before moving on to Deveronvale and then joining Inverurie last summer. Upon moving to Harlaw Park, he immediately established himself as one of Locos' key players and he will go into this match looking to add to his goals tally to help his side continued their winning run.

Match officials: Referee Alan Proctor, Assistants Barry Stuart and Gary McCarthy

Weather forecast: Light cloud 8 degrees 10 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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