Nairn County v Turriff United - Preview

11th March, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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TURRIFF UNITED are the visitors to Station Park as Nairn County host a Highland League (Morganti) Cup semi-final tie for the first time in 15 years. All subsequent last-four encounters involving the club have come away from home, so manager Les Fridge will be looking to make home advantage count and take the club into the final of the competition they won back in 2011. Full preview below:

Date: Saturday March 12th 2015

Competition: Highland League (Morganti) Cup

Kick off: 3.00 pm

Opponents: Turriff United

Manager: Ross Jack

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Turriff United 2 February 20th 201

Last time out: Clachnacuddin 1 Nairn County 2; Fraserburgh 0 Turriff United 0 (Turriff won 7-6 on penalties)

League positions: Nairn County 6th Turriff United 5th

Form guides: Nairn County LWWLDW Turriff United WWLWWD(W)

Team news: The County squad has been decimated through injuries and suspension ahead of this big semi-final. Yellow cards collected by Paul Macleod and Gregg Main during Wednesday night's win at Clachnacuddin in the quarter finals rule them out of this one while club captain, Michael Morrison is away for the weekend and will play no part. Callum Maclean picked up a head knock during that midweek success at Grant Street and is rated highly doubtful while also out are knee injury victims Wayne Mackintosh and Tony Wallace. Martin MacDonald has suffered a minor hamstring tear on his return also from a serious knee injury and work commitments could rule out Bradley Halsman, John Cameron, Ross Naismith and Adam Naismith, who only played on Wednesday having arrived at the ground from work just before kick-off. Andrew Hardwick is out on loan at Fort William.

One to watch: Leszek Nowosielski. The Polish attacker showed great footwork, balance and control on his last visit to Station Park three weeks ago. He impressed with his positivity in possession as he drove Turriff forward on several occasions and manager Ross Jack is likely to put faith in him again as he looks to take his side into the final of the Highland League (Morganti) Cup for the very first time and make it three wins out of three from games against Nairn this season.

Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster; Assistants Molly Alexander and Mark Dalton

Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 14 degrees 6 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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