HAVING seen his side's unbeaten away start to the season ended at Clachnacuddin last Saturday, Nairn County boss Ronnie Sharp goes in search of his first home win of the campaign with Strathspey Thistle the visitors to Station Park.
Only one point separates the two teams in the current league table with Nairn ever so slightly ahead of their opponents and Sharp will be looking for a livelier performance from his side having witnessed a jaded showing at Grant Street Park as his young side went into the derby off the back of an energy-sapping midweek match with Formartine United.
The manager has had a full week on the training ground to prepare for this one though but does not have his troubles to seek with as many as seven members of his small squad potentially missing out. Find out who in the preview below:
Date: Saturday September 10th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship
Opponents: Strathspey Thistle
Manager: Brian Grant
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 3 Strathspey Thistle 1 April 2nd 2016
Last time out: Clachnacuddin 1 Nairn County 0; Strathspey Thistle 0 Nairn County 1
League position: Nairn County 15th Strathspey Thistle 18th
Form guides: Nairn County LDLWLL Strathspey Thistle LLLWLL
Team news: County go into this match with a skeleton squad as a number of first team regulars are unavailable. Jason Morganti, Jamie Mackay and Callum Maclean all miss out because they are on holiday and Willie Barron is a major doubt having sustained a hamstring injury playing for the under-20s on Monday night. Wayne Mackintosh hobbled off last weekend at Clach with an Achilles injury and the skipper is battling to be fit enough for inclusion while fellow midfielder Kenny McKenzie is also working his way back to 100 percent fitness having come through the last half-an-hour at Grant Street unscathed. Reserve goalkeeper Ryan Macleod is also on holiday, so his place in the squad will be taken by 16-year-old Nairn Academy pupil, Fraser Wilkie, who has kept two clean sheets in two starts for the under-20s in recent weeks. Long term absentee Gregg Main is still out with an ankle injury.
One to watch: Adam MacLeod. The lively striker is forging a potentially potent partnership up front with former Fort William attacker, Nic Stein. Relieving some of the pressure to grab the Jags' goals off the ex-Inverness CT youngster's shoulders seems to have given him a new lease of life and he found the net along with his strike partner in Strathspey's 2-0 away victory at Clachnacuddin a fortnight ago. He already has four goals to his name so far this season and netted against Nairn in the North of Scotland Cup at Seafield Park a year ago. Repeating the trick at Station Park 12 months on will undoubtedly go a long way towards the Jags emerging with something to show for their trip over the Dava.
Match officials: Referee Graham Fraser, Assistants David Milligan and Duncan Anderson
Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 16 degrees 13 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).