IT is back to action for Nairn County as Lossiemouth visit Station Park in what will be Ronnie Sharp's side's first outing for a fortnight. Scottish Cup action last weekend that both Nairn and opponents, Lossiemouth sat idle ahead of what should be an entertaining encounter at Station Park.
Lossiemouth made a flying start to the season and have continued their positive progression as Charlie Charlesworth again works his magic at Grant Park after a couple of years away at Deveronvale. Steady steps forward were the name of the game in his first stint with the Coasters and that appears to be the mantra this time around again as he methodically builds a squad which has already proven its ability to mix it at the business end of the table.
Nairn will be after a positive result themselves though having put in a flat display at Turriff last time around so soon after an energy-sapping derby thriller with Forres Mechanics the previous midweek. With the squad suitably rested and refreshed, everyone is eager to return to action in this one.
You can follow live coverage of the match 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 October 29th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Manager: Charlie Charlesworth
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Lossiemouth 1 Nairn County 5 December 5th 2015
Last time out: Turriff United 2 Nairn County 0; Lossiemouth 5 Fort William 0
League position: Nairn County 16th Lossiemouth 8th
Form guides: Nairn County LLLWDL Lossiemouth DLLWLW
Team news: Paul Macleod returns to the Nairn County squad for the visit of Lossiemouth having missed the last two fixtures due to his honeymoon. Young attacker Dylan Mackenzie is also fit again after a recent back injury and came through an hour for the under-20s on Monday night unscathed. However, midfielder Jason Morganti is struggling to shake of a recurrence of the ankle injury which plagued him throughout the summer and both Ross Naismith and Willie Barron miss out because of work commitments.
One to watch: Shawn Scott. The experienced forward has banged goals in at this level for years and showed his class as recently as Lossiemouth's Scottish Cup tie with Forres Mechanics when he netted an impressive strike in a 2-2 draw. The former Buckie Thistle, Deveronvale and Forres attacker is an important part of manager Charlie Charlesworth squad with a number of young players in the Coasters' side gleaning what they can from playing alongside title-winner Scott, who will come to Station Park confident of adding to his goal tally as Lossiemouth look to continue what has been an impressive start to the 2016/17 Scottish Highland League season.
Match officials: Referee Dan MacFarlane, Assistants David Milligan and Lee Robertson
Weather forecast: Light cloud 13 degrees 8 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).