A HUGE Scottish Cup tie for both sides takes place at Station Park as Nairn County welcome Wick Academy with both teams desperate to earn themselves that precious spot in the draw for the third round. Everything you need to know ahead of the big game is below.
Date: Saturday October 24th 2015
Competition: William Hill Scottish Cup second round
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Opponents: Wick Academy
Manager: Gordon Connelly
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 1 August 1st 2015
Last time out: Turriff United 1 Nairn County 0; Buckie Thistle 3 Wick Academy 0
Previous round: Nairn County 5 Selkirk 1; Wick Academy 2 Whitehill Welfare 2 and Whitehill Welfare 2 Wick Academy 3 (replay)
Form guides: Nairn County WWLLWL Wick Academy DWWWLL
Team news: Michael Morrison is available to captain the side in this Scottish Cup despite his red card at Turriff United last weekend. His one-match suspension is only applicable in the Highland League and will therefore be served next Saturday at Strathspey Thistle. Paul Macleod will also miss the trip to Grantown due to an accumulation of yellow cards but is also free to play in this tie. However, fellow defender Martin MacDonald is still out with a knee problem and Andrew Hardwick is on loan at Fort William.
One to watch: Sam Mackay. The creative midfielder has really developed as one of the leading lights of this impressive Wick side. He arrived at Harmsworth Park from Deveronvale a number of years ago now already with a reputation as one of the best midfielders in the league. He has grown from there and refined his game and really leads the Scorries by example. He scored a cracking goal in the first round replay win at Whitehill Welfare, which has been nominated for the goal of the round competition.
Match officials: Referee David Watt; Assistants Ewan Jarvie and Mike Sinclair
Weather forecast: Light cloud 8 degrees 14 mph wind
Admission prices: Adults £8 Children / OAPs £5.