FOUR of Strathspey Thistle's nine points for the whole of last season came against Nairn County, with a 2-0 win at Station Park in September followed by a 2-2 draw at Seafield Park just after New Year. And they will look to add to their club record away win at Fort William by taking some points when they again face off against Ronnie Sharp's men this weekend.
Sharp's side were narrowly edged out of the Scottish Cup at the second round stage last weekend with Highland League leaders Cove Rangers winning at Station Park by the odd goal in three on an afternoon when the Nairn boss felt that more composure in the final third of the park could have kept the club in the competition. Having endured a similar tale of woe in front of goal at Brora Rangers in their club's last league outing, he will be desperate for an improvement in that department against the Jags as County return to league business for the first time in three weeks.
Strathspey have been in action already this weekend with a Wednesday night trip to Deveronvale ending in a 4-0 defeat. That impressive win in Lochaber has them sitting two points ahead of bottom side Fort William and they go into this match knowing that a victory would be enough to see them leapfrog Keith and Lossiemouth in the standings if those two clubs are defeated at Cove Rangers and Rothes respectively.
If you cannot make it across the Dava to support the team then you can follow updates from Seafield Park through the official Nairn County social media channels. All you have to do is logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter before kick-off and you will be able to receive notifications of team lines, updates on all of the major talking points as they happen throughout the match, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the Nairn camp on Saturday evening. A preview of the match is below:
Date: Saturday October 21st 2017
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Opponents: Strathspey Thistle
Manager: Ally Munro
Venue: Seafield Park, Grantown-on-Spey
Previous meeting: Strathspey Thistle 0 Nairn County 4 April 8th 2017
Last time out: Nairn County 1 Cove Rangers 2; Deveronvale 4 Strathspey Thistle 0
League position: Strathspey Thistle 17th Nairn County 10th
Form guides: Nairn County LWLWLL Strathspey Thistle LLLLLL
Team news: Callum Maclean came through an hour for the under-20s unscathed on Monday night but he is still short of full match fitness and is unlikely to be thrust back into the starting line-up for this trip to Grantown, although he may make the bench. Gregg Main is still out with a long-standing knee injury, which the club hope to gain a prognosis on over the next few weeks. Ross Naismith is back in the fold having missed last Saturday's cup tie due to work commitments but his brother, Adam has been unable to train this week due to work with Ryan MacDonald also missing this week's sessions having been on holiday. Max Ewan will drop out of the squad for this one due to holidays while goalkeeper Ryan Macleod is on loan at Inverness Athletic.
One to watch: Adam Macleod. The striker is one of the main threats in Ally Munro's side and has done it before in games against Nairn, having netted the opener in a North of Scotland Cup tie between the two clubs a couple of seasons ago. He is a proven striker at this level having joined the Jags after leaving Inverness CT and will be hungry to add to his goals tally when Nairn come calling on Saturday afternoon.
Match officials: Referee David Watt, Assistants Gavin Dearie and Paul Grant.
Weather forecast: Light cloud 11 degrees 9 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).