Nairn County v Wick Academy - Preview

16th September, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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VICTORY at Fort William on Wednesday night allowed Nairn County to avoid dropping to the foot of the Scottish Highland Football League table as the visitors battled back from one-goal down at the interval to take all three points back up the A82.

That was Nairn's second away win in four outings on the road so far this season but Ronnie Sharp's men are still looking for their first victory on their own patch after last Saturday's disappointing result against Strathspey Thistle. They look to rectify that against a Wick Academy side that Nairn failed to defeat in five attempts last season, draw two and losing three, including a 5-1 defeat in the second round of the Scottish Cup and a 6-2 reverse in the final of the North of Scotland Cup.

NCFC Media will bring you updates on all of the action from Station Park tomorrow with team line-ups available before kick-off, instant coverage of the match as it happens, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the County dressing room after the dust has settled. Follow the club's official social media channels and @NairnCounty on Twitter for all of the coverage. In the meantime, a preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday September 17th 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League Championship

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Wick Academy

Manager: Gordon Connelly

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Nairn County 3 Wick Academy 3 March 2nd 2016

Last time out: Fort William 1 Nairn County 2; Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 1

League position: Nairn County 15th Wick Academy 7h

Form guides: Nairn County LWLLLW Wick Academy DDWDWL

Team news: Gary Kerr returns to the Nairn County squad having served a one-match suspension against Fort William in midweek. Also back is Jason Morganti, who has returned from holiday and is over the ankle problem which flared up during the warm up prior to the home match against Formartine United. Wayne Mackintosh is still out with an Achilles injury though and is joined in the treatment room by Gregg Main, who is still suffering the ill-effects of a long-standing ankle injury. Callum Maclean and Ryan Macleod are both still on holiday, so trialist Marc MacDonald and under-20s goalkeeper Fraser Wilkie are named in the squad.

One to watch: Richard Macadie. The former Highland League Player of the Year is always one of Academy's main threats and is among a clutch of highly-skilled, forward-thinking players in the Wick team, any one of which could have been picked out as the One to Watch tomorrow. Macadie's forays down the right are one of the main sources of the Scorries' attacking play and he will be out to make a point of continuing his goal-scoring start to the 2016/17 season, along with his fellow attacking midfielders Sam Mackay and Steven Anderson, who David Allan expected to continue as the focal point of the attack in the absence of Gary Weir.

Match officials: Referee Thomas Shaw, Assistants Chris MacLeod and David Alexander

Weather forecast: Sunny 5 degrees 5 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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