TWO emphatic wins have allowed Wick Academy to bounce back from their opening day derby defeat at Brora Rangers and they will now arrive at Station Park brimming with confidence as they look to continue their positive run of form.
The Scorries never let their derby disappointment impact them at Strathspey Thistle last midweek as they came from a goal down at the interval to put the Jags to the sword at Seafield Park and seal a place in the quarter finals of the North of Scotland Cup thanks to a 5-1 victory. They then managed to improve upon that on Saturday when they returned to league business, thumping Lossiemouth by eight goals to nil to move off the mark for the season with their superior goal difference taking them to the top of the clutch of clubs tied on three points.
Nairn also chalked up a maiden league success at the weekend off the back of a successful venture into the North of Scotland Cup as they went to Deveronvale on Saturday and took home all three points thanks to a Ewen Urquhart header just after half time. County now play their first home league match of the season having ran out convincing 8-0 winners over a young Elgin City side in the North of Scotland Cup in the first competitive match at Station Park of this new season.
You will be able to follow the usual live updates service through the official Nairn County FC social media channels if you cannot make it along to Station Park tonight. You will receive updates of the team lines before kick-off, coverage of all the action as it happens and a report on the final whistle followed by post-match reaction. Simply click on to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or follow @NairnCounty on Twitter to keep up-to-speed. Meanwhile, a preview of the match is below:
Date: Wednesday August 8th 2018
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Opponents: Wick Academy
Manager: Tom McKenna
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Wick Academy 0 Nairn County 4 January 27th 2018
Last time out: Deveronvale 0 Nairn County 1; Wick Academy 8 Lossiemouth 0
League position: Nairn County 12th Wick Academy 6th
Form guides: Nairn County LWW Wick Academy LWW
Team news: Ronnie Sharp will be forced to shuffle his team about again after two players sustained injuries in Saturday’s 1-0 win away at Deveronvale. Callum Maclean was forced off at half-time in that match with a thigh strain that will keep him on the sidelines for this one and although Gregg Main completed 90 minutes at Banff, he too will have to sit this one out having suffered bruising to the ribs. Adam Porritt will also not be in the squad again as he is on holiday but Adam Naismith returns after missing the weekend win at Princess Royal Park due to work commitments while Jack Maclean has been passed fit having picked up a minor foot injury.
One to watch: Richard MacAdie. Looks back to top form having bagged a hat-trick in the weekend hammering of Lossiemouth to follow up his vital second-half equaliser at Strathspey Thistle in the North of Scotland Cup last Wednesday night that gave his side the platform to go on and comfortably progress to the last eight of the competition with a 5-1 win at Grantown. A nippy and lively player capable of playing anywhere along the front, he will look to make things happen at Station Park to add to his goals tally, which currently has him tied at the top of the Highland League chart for strikes in all competitions.
Match officials: Referee Alan Proctor, Assistants Stephen McDade and James McMillan.
Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 17 degrees 12 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).