Nairn County v Keith - Preview

5th February, 2016 •
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Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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KEITH are the visitors to Station Park for the second successive Nairn County home fixture. The Maroons emerged victorious at the end of December with a 2-1 league win but County have boosted their confidence since then by going away to league leaders Brora Rangers at New Year and winning. Both clubs will be eager to progress to the last eight of the Highland League (Morganti) Cup and will fancy their chances of going all the way in this competition if they can make it over this hurdle. A full preview is below:

Date: Saturday February 6th 2015

Competition: Highland League (Morganti) Cup

Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Opponents: Keith

Manager: Allan Hale

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Keith 2 December 28th 2015

Last time out: Brora Rangers 1 Nairn County 2; Huntly 2 Keith 6

League position: Nairn County 6th Keith 10th

Form guides: Nairn County WWWWLW Keith LWLWWW

Team news: Tony Wallace will miss this weekend's cup tie with a recurrence of the knee injury he sustained earlier in the season while this one comes too soon for Martin MacDonald to return from his own knee troubles, though the centre half is back in full training. Wayne Mackintosh is also edging towards a return having been sidelined since October also with a knee injury. Glenn Main has also returned to full training after a knee injury but John Cameron and Andrew Hardwick remain out on loan at Fort William and Adam Naismith and Ross Naismith may miss out due to work commitments with Police Scotland.

One to watch: Donald Fraser. The left-sided attacker caused Nairn no end of problems with his pace in the Maroons' win at Station Park at Christmas time. The former Turriff United player has been given a second chance at establishing a name for himself in the Highland League by Kynoch Park boss Allan Hale and it appears to be one he is keen to make the most of. The County back line will have to be on their toes to nullify one of Keith's best attacking outlets if they want to progress into the quarter finals of the competition.

Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster; Assistants Steve Ross and Mike Sinclair

Weather forecast: Light cloud 5 degrees 9 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) Season tickets not valid.

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