Nairn County v Rothes - Preview

7th October, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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IT is Davy Johnston Day tomorrow at Station Park as the new standing enclosure is officially opened prior to the visit of Rothes.

The Speysiders make the trip in fine form having climbed up to tenth spot in the table after finishing at the foot of the standings last season. Manager Fraser Bremner is certainly proving himself at this level having stepped up from Dufftown a year ago. Having taken time to assess the squad he inherited, he has now put his own stamp on the side and is reaping the benefits.

The visitors come to Station Park in good form having won their last two outings and they will make the trip confident of making it a trio of victories against a County side who go in search of their first home win of the campaign.

If you are not able to make it to Station Park tomorrow then you can follow live coverage from the match through NCFC Media on Facebook and Twitter. Simply logon to or follow @NairnCounty on Twitter for team lines before kick-off, live updates during the match and notifications of a match report on full time and reaction from the Nairn camp later in the evening.

Date: Saturday October 8th 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Rothes

Manager: Fraser Bremner

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Rothes 1 December 12th 2016

Last time out: Cove Rangers 2 Nairn County 1; Rothes 2 Nairn County 1

League position: Nairn County 16th Rothes 10th

Form guides: Nairn County LLWLLL Rothes WLDLWW

Team news: Gregg Main misses out for Nairn County as he is away for the weekend with fellow midfielder Wayne Mackintosh sidelined because of an Achilles problem. Young attacker Dylan Mackenzie is struggling because of a back injury and may also miss out. On the plus side, Willie Barron is fit again after a hamstring injury and Jack Maclean trained on Thursday evening and came through unscathed following an ankle injury. Stephen Mackenzie is also back in the squad again having missed Wednesday night's trip to Cove Rangers because of work commitments.

One to watch: Craig MacMillan. The ex-Nairn striker returns to Station Park fresh from bagging the winner for the Speysiders in their midweek success over Fort William. The former Forres Mechanics, Cove Rangers and Buckie Thistle striker brings loads of experience to Fraser Bremner's ever-improving side with the Tangerines making real strides forward this season, having already garnered 10 more points this season as they managed for the whole of the previous campaign. The Station Park faithful know all about MacMillan's goal-scoring prowess with the poacher bagging the famous equaliser in the Scottish Cup at Forfar Athletic four years ago. That will assure him of a warm reception from the fans but his former team mates at the heart of the Nairn defence will be in trouble if they are as welcoming.

Match officials: Referee Graham Fraser, Assistants Gary McCarthy and Steve Ross

Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 14 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).


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