HIGH-FLYING Turriff United host Nairn County at The Haughs as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the Highland League season, which has lifted them up to third spot in the standings just two points off the summit.
County battled out a 1-1 draw with Clachnacuddin last weekend with both managers agreeing a share of the spoils was probably the fairest result although Nairn had the ball in the net twice during the second half and might feel aggrieved to have seen them both disallowed when on another day, one of their efforts may have stood and earned them all three points.
It was the late, late show for Turriff at The Haughs last Saturday as Scott Miller popped up with the only goal of the game with 90 minutes on the clock as manager Ross Jack saw his men sink Lossiemouth. That was their second consecutive 1-0 victory after a win at Clachnacuddin the week before and it will give Jack's men the belief that they are capable of grinding out results regardless of the circumstances.
If you are unable to make it along to The Haughs to support County in this one then you can follow all of the action on the club's official social media channels. Simply logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter for team lines before kick-off, coverage of all of the major talking points as the action progresses, a report on the final whistle and the reaction of manager Ronnie Sharp later in the evening. Preview below:
Date: Saturday August 19th 2017
Competition: Scottish Highland Football League
Opponents: Turriff United
Manager: Ross Jack
Venue: The Haughs, Turriff
Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Turriff United 2 March 4th 2017
Last time out: Turriff United 1 Lossiemouth 0; Nairn County 1 Clachnacuddin 1
League position: Turriff United 3rd Nairn County 9th
Form guides: Turriff United WDWW Nairn County LWWD
Team news: Jack Maclean returns to the Nairn County squad for the trip to Turriff having missed last weekend's match against Clachnacuddin through injury but fellow youngster and top scorer Jordan MacRae is a doubt having sustained a knock in Tuesday night's bounce match against Inverness CT at Station Park. Definitely dropping out is Ewen Urquhart as he is away for the weekend while Gregg Main remains sidelined but has received good news this week with his MRI scan scheduled for next month as he attempts to get to the bottom of an ongoing knee problem. Calum Riddell is out because of illness while Jason Morganti and Stephen Mackenzie have work commitments.
One to watch: David Ross. The centre forward brings power, experience and a dose of pace to the Turriff attacking line. He caused the Nairn defence a lot of problems when these two sides met on back-to-back weekends last season with United edging both clashes at Station Park, the first coming in the Highland League (Morganti) Cup at the end of February followed by a league fixtures seven days later at the start of March. Ross's form for Inverurie Locos after breaking into their first team as a youngster caught the eye of Aberdeen, with the striker spending part of the formative section of his career at Pittodrie before returning to Harlaw Park to star in the red and black stripes. A move to Turriff has continued his improvement and he now forms an integral part of Ross Jack's line-up.
Match officials: Referee Chris Fordyce, Assistants Bob Inkster and Ciaran McGowan.
Weather forecast: Light cloud 16 degrees 14 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).