IT has been a decent start to the season for Nairn County with last weekend's win over Turriff United ensuring that the club took 10 points from their opening five fixtures in this year's Scottish Highland League campaign. Weekend opponents Lossiemouth were also adding three points to their tally last Saturday though and they arrive at Station Park keen to make it two wins from two.
That win at Turriff added to the away victory at Buckie Thistle, home win over Deveronvale and the stalemate with Clachnacuddin at Station Park and manager Ronnie Sharp now takes his charges back to home soil for back-to-back home fixtures to see out a busy opening month to the campaign.
These two clubs battled out an uninspiring goalless draw when they met at Grant Park towards the end of last season and since then, the Coasters have brought in former Fort William management team Ally Ewan and Kevin Munro, fresh off their successful run to the final of the North of Scotland Cup with the Lochaber club. They found that winning feeling with a 90th minute goal to edge out Strathspey Thistle by the odd goal in five last weekend and that will send the confidence surging through the Moray men as they target the victory which could see them climb above Clachnacuddin and Inverurie Locos in the league standings, depending on how the results go.
You can follow live coverage from Station Park through the club's official social media channels. Simply logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter before kick-off to receive team lines as soon as they are available, updates on all of the major talking points as the match progresses, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp after the match. Preview below:
Date: Saturday August 26th 2017
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Manager: Ally Ewan
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Lossiemouth 0 Nairn County 0 March 18th 2017
Last time out: Turriff United 1 Nairn County 2; Lossiemouth 3 Strathspey Thistle 2
League position: Nairn County 7th Lossiemouth 14th
Form guides: Nairn County LWWDW Lossiemouth LLLLW
Team news: Top scorer Jordan MacRae is a doubt for the visit of Losssiemouth to Station Park as he continues to shake off the effects of a foot injury he sustained in the away win at Buckie Thistle earlier this month. Definitely out is Ewen Urquhart, who is unavailable for this weekend but is expected to return to the squad for the midweek visit of Wick Academy. Adam Naismith is back in the fold again for this one having missed last weekend's win at Turriff United because of work commitments while Gary Kerr came through his first competitive appearance of the season in that win at The Haughs having appeared from the bench as a late substitute. Calum Riddell is out because of illness and both Jason Morganti and Stephen Mackenzie have work commitments.
One to watch: Ross Archibald. Lossiemouth hit the goals trail last weekend against Strathspey Thistle, netting more times in that 90 minutes than their previous four fixtures added together. They had only managed to find the back of the net once prior to the visit of the Speysiders but their three-goal salvo against the men from Grantown saw them post their first win of the campaign. One of the scorers was Archibald, which took him on to two for the season and means that the former Forres Mechanics attacker has bagged himself half of the goals Lossiemouth have scored this season.
Match officials: Referee Harry Bruce, Assistants Chris MacLeod and David Osborne.
Weather forecast: Light cloud 17 degrees 7 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).