Nairn County v Turriff United - Preview

3rd March, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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THESE two teams go at it again just one week after they met in the quarter finals of the Highland League (Morganti) Cup but this time it is on league business.

It was Turriff who advanced to the last-four of the competition with a 3-1 success at Station Park and they will make the trip confident of adding three points to their tally in this one, having comfortably eased into a three-goal lead early in the second half of that tie before taking their foot off the gas and seeing out the final 40-or-so minutes.

Nairn, on the other hand, will be looking for a reaction and having had the time to rest and train properly this week, will be better prepared for the challenge of taking on Ross Jack's well-equipped outfit having gone into the cup tie less than three days after an energy-sapping 120 minutes at Deveronvale with only nine men.

If you cannot make it along to Station Park to support the team then you can follow progress of the match on Facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter, where you will find team lines before kick-off, updates on all of the major talking points as they happen throughout the match and confirmation of the final score as the whistle blows. You will also be able to access a match report shortly after the final whistle and reaction for the Nairn camp in the evening. In the meantime, a preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday March 4th 2017

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Turriff United

Manager: Ross Jack

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Turriff United 3 February 26th 2017

Last time out: Nairn County 1 Turriff United 3; Nairn County 1 Turriff United 3

League position: Nairn County 14th Turriff United 7th

Form guides: Nairn County LDWLWL Turriff United LDWWWW

Team news: Gregg Main, Jordan Macrae and club captain Wayne Mackintosh are all available again for this one after serving suspensions in the Highland League (Morganti) Cup last weekend. But Jack Maclean has a one-match ban to serve having been red-carded against Cove Rangers a month ago. Also out is Paul Macleod, who has not recovered sufficiently from a recent head knock while Dylan Maclean is also sidelined having sustained a neck injury when these two sides met last Saturday. That means Ryan Macleod is poised to make his third appearance of the season between the posts with Fraser Wilkie set to deputise on the bench, where he will be joined by his under-20s team mate Aaron Fraser, who is once again included in the match day squad.

One to watch: David Booth. The attacker is always likely to be in among the goals and he proved it once again with a typical poacher's finish in the cup tie between the clubs just one week ago. That goal put Turriff well and truly in command of the tie with a three-goal cushion shortly after half time and Booth's hard work and running will again be a threat to the County defence as they aim to turn the tables on their visitors in this league clash. With the departure of Nick Gray from Turriff this week, the onus will fall more on Booth and his latest strike partner, David Ross to contribute the goals for Ross Jack's men and both men certainly know where the net is.

Match officials: Referee Alex Shepherd, Assistants David Milligan and Kieran Johnson.

Weather forecast: Heavy rain 5 degrees 14 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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