MIDWEEK action at Station Park sees Wick Academy visit, with the Scorries currently holding the Indian Sign over their hosts thanks to big wins in the Scottish and North of Scotland Cups earlier in the season. Since then though, Nairn's form has been impressive while a string of postponements has prevented Wick from building any real momentum off the back of lifting their first ever trophy as a Highland League club at Nairn's expense in November. A full preview of tonight's match is below:
Date: Wednesday March 2nd 2015
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Kick-off: 8.00 pm
Opponents: Wick Academy
Manager: Gordon Connelly
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Wick Academy 6 November 21st 2015
Last time out: Nairn County 1 Turriff United 2; Wick Academy 2 Lossiemouth 1
League position: Nairn County 6th Wick Academy 10th
Form guides: Nairn County WWLWWL Wick Academy DWDWLW
Team news: Wayne Mackintosh has suffered a setback on his comeback from a serious knee injury. The midfielder was named on the bench for the game against Turriff United a week-and-a-half ago but since then, the problem has flared up again and he will see a specialist next week to reassess the damage and work out a rehabilitation plan. Also out with knee injuries are Tony Wallace and Martin MacDonald, although the latter continues to work his way towards a return. Work commitments may restrict the availability of Adam Naismith and Ross Naismith while Andrew Hardwick is on loan at Fort William but John Cameron is back in the squad having returned from a similar temporary stint with the Lochaber club.
One to watch: Sam Mackay. The attacking midfielder provides the thrust for the Wick attack and is the beating heart of Gordon Connelly's side. His powerful and direct forward runs have caused Nairn problems in the past and he is adept at timing his off-the-ball movement to arrive late into the penalty area and meet deliveries into the box to devastating effect. Preventing him from continuing his impressive record against County will be near the top of the home side's agenda going into this one.
Match officials: Referee Mark Stewart; Assistants Darren Munro and Kevin Anderson
Weather forecast: Light cloud 4 degrees 19 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)