Strathspey Thistle v Nairn County - Preview

7th April, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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A place in the quarter finals and a home tie with Brora Rangers on April 29th is at stake as Nairn County make the trip over the Dava to take on a Strathspey Thistle side unbeaten against Ronnie Sharp's men this season.

The Jags won the opening league match between the two clubs back in September as they came away from Station Park with a 2-0 success before wasteful finishing cost County dearly at Seafield Park just after New Year with the sides battling out a 2-2 draw.

That means that Brian Grant's side have taken four of the nine league points they have accrued this season from their meetings with Nairn and that will give them confidence going into this one as they target progression in this competition while County will be hoping that last week's home win over Huntly can ensure they arrive in fine fettle as they target a second quarter final appearance of the season, having disposed of Deveronvale in the Highland League (Morganti) Cup to reach the last eight of that competition.

There will be full live coverage of this match on the official Nairn County social media feeds facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter with team lines available before kick-off, updates of all of the major talking points as the match progresses, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp in the evening. A preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday April 8th 2017

Competition: North of Scotland Cup

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Strathspey Thistle

Manager: Brian Grant

Venue: Seafield Park, Grantown-on-Spey

Previous meeting: Strathspey Thistle 2 Nairn County 2 January 7th 2017

Last time out: Wick Academy 3 Strathspey Thistle 0; Nairn County 2 Huntly 1

League position: Strathspey Thistle 17th Nairn County 14th

Form guides: Strathspey Thistle LLLLLL Nairn County LLWDLW

Team news: After returning from one suspension in last weekend's win over Huntly, Gregg Main serves another ban in this North of Scotland Cup tie as he misses out due to the red card he received in last year's final defeat to Wick Academy. Goalkeeper Ryan Macleod sat out Monday's under-20s match but should be fit enough to take a place among the substitutes in this one.

One to watch: Ryan Macleod. A lively attacker who already has three goals against Nairn to his name this season. Popped up with the opener in Strathspey's 2-0 win at Station Park at the start of the season before adding to his tally shortly after half time to take the wind right out of County's sails. He was at it again when these two clubs met in Grantown three months ago, putting the Jags back in front shortly after half time before Jordan Macrae netted to rescue a share of the spoils for Nairn. The visiting defence will have to wary of the threat he poses as the striker is likely to pose Strathspey's biggest goal threat as Thistle target a quarter final place and home tie with Brora Rangers at the end of the month.

Match officials: Referee Dan MacFarlane, Assistants Daniel Donohoe and Chris MacLeod.

Weather forecast: Sunny intervals 13 degrees 9 mph wind.

Admission prices: Adults £8 Concessions £5.

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