Nairn County vs Fort William - Preview

3rd April, 2018 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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IT is ‘Pay What You Like, On The Night’ at Station Park for this midweek visit from Fort William with supporters being admitted to Station Park for a minimum donation of just £1.

The initiative is aimed at attracting more fans through the turnstiles on a Spring night during the school holidays with supporters encouraged to bring along friends and family who are not regular attendees at Station Park to enjoy some live football action.

Nairn go into the match having been one of just two clubs idle at the weekend due to a weather postponement as their away match at Keith was the only one to fall. With Kynoch Park waterlogged, County’s inactivity and Clachnacuddin’s win over Huntly allowed the Lilywhites to climb above Ronnie Sharp’s men in the table although Nairn have five games in hand and trail the Grant Street men by just two points.

Fort William attributed for one eighth of the total league goals conceded by Cove Rangers all season in just 90 minutes on Saturday when they put two past the nomadic club at Claggan Park on Saturday. The table toppers have only let in 16 all season but had their scoring boots on at the other end to record a resounding win in the top versus bottom clash. That will have been one that Paul Maclellan and Ali Smith will have viewed any points from as a bonus with the focus on emerging from fixtures such as this trip to Station Park with an addition to their tally as they aim to put together enough of a run in the final few weeks of the campaign to overhaul Keith.

There will be live updates from the match on the club’s official social media channels, starting with team lines before kick-off and continuing with live coverage of all of the major talking points as they happen, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Ronnie Sharp the next day. To keep up-to-date, logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or follow @NairnCounty on Twitter. You can also follow the club on Instagram by visiting Instagram.com/nairncountyfc. Match preview below:

Date: Wednesday April 4th 2018

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 2000

Opponents: Fort William

Manager: Paul Maclellan and Ali Smith

Venue: Station Park, Nairn

Previous meeting: Fort William 0 Nairn County 2 March 14th 2018

Last time out: Nairn County 0 Brora Rangers 1; Fort William 2 Cove Rangers 12

League position: Nairn County 13th Fort William 18th

Form guides: Nairn County LLWLLL Fort William LLLLLL

Team news: Nairn look to be along similar lines for this visit of Fort William as they would have been at the weekend had the match at Keith not been postponed. Jordan MacRae still has a one-match ban to serve for an accumulation of cautions and goalkeeper Daniel Hoban is waiting in the wings to debut having agreed a loan switch to Station Park until the end of the season just before the weekend’s registrations deadline. Danny Highet is available again after illness but Callum Ednie is continuing to work his way back to full fitness after a three-month layoff due to a hamstring injury and Inaki Fernandino-Soto is sidelined with a groin problem. Gregg Main is still recovering from anterior cruciate ligament surgery and Craig Munro and Matty Macleod are on loan to Inverness City. Joe Cuthbert and Cameron Maclean from the under-20s squad are included in the matchday pool.

One to watch: Stephen Lopez. Showed his prowess at both ends of the park when Nairn visited Lochaber last month as he started the game at centre forward for the home side before ending it in goal! An injury to the Fort’s trialist goalkeeper on the night meant that he had to be replaced and with no shot stopper among the substitutes, Lopez donned the gloves and managed to keep a clean sheet in his remaining time between the posts. Despite that, he will be hoping it is at the other end of the park where he makes an impact in this midweek clash with Keith now the club immediately above Fort William following Strathspey Thistle’s weekend win over Lossiemouth.

Match officials: Referee Ben Dempster, Assistants Scott Matthew and Alan Dawson.

Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 2 degrees 12 mph wind.

Admission prices: Minimum £1 donation.

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