AFTER a pulsating derby clash with Forres Mechanics in midweek, Nairn County return to Highland League action with an away match at a Turriff United side who were drawing 0-0 at Clachnacuddin while eight goals were being shared at Station Park.
It has been a positive week for the club with the official opening of the Davy Johnston Enclosure, a first home win of the season with a 3-0 success over Rothes and another point garnered in that 4-4 midweek clash with the Can Cans. But it took a monumental physical effort to claw the Mechanics back in that derby match to eventually lead twice before shipping a late leveller, which could have psychological effects on Ronnie Sharp's men having come so close to a superb derby win in what was an energy-sapping clash.
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Date: Saturday October 15th 2016
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Opponents: Turriff United
Manager: Ross Jack
Venue: The Haughs, Turriff
Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Turriff United 0 March 12th 2016
Last time out: Nairn County 4 Forres Mechanics 4; Clachnacuddin 0 Turriff United 0
League position: Nairn County 14th Forres Mechanics 10th
Form guides: Turriff United WLDLLD Nairn County WLLLWD
Team news: There is one additional absentee for Nairn County following the midweek derby thriller with Forres Mechanics as Willie Barron misses out due to work commitments. However, young defender Callum Ednie is available again, as is Marc MacDonald. However, attacker Dylan Mackenzie is still struggling with a back injury and Paul Macleod is away on honeymoon. Midfield duo Gregg Main and Wayne Mackintosh both appeared from the bench on Wednesday night as they continue to work their way back towards full match fitness.
One to watch: Paul Young. The classy midfielder has had to take on a more senior role in the Turriff engine room this season following the departure of a number of his more experienced colleagues. The likes of Andrew and Craig MacAskill, Gary McGowan and Jamie Beagrie have all departed The Haughs over the last few months, leaving Young as one of the stand out men in the middle of the park for Ross Jack. His coolness and composure on the ball is one of the main attributes for United and his ability to play penetrative passes in the final third will test the County defence as the hosts look for a repeat of last season's victory over Nairn in the corresponding fixture.
Match officials: Referee Alan Proctor, Assistants John Black and Gerry Cheyne
Weather forecast: Heavy rain 10 degrees 18 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)