Wick Academy v Nairn County - Preview

20th January, 2017 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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FORM side Wick Academy lie in wait for Nairn County this weekend with Ronnie Sharp taking his team north looking to prevent the Caithness outfit from clocking up their seventh successive Highland League victory.

Only a narrow Scottish Cup defeat away at Stirling Albion has interrupted a run which has seen Gordon Connelly's side surge up the Highland League table and put them in a position where winning their games in hand would propel them to the cusp of the top four places.

The weather put paid to both clubs' fixtures last Saturday with County's home clash with Fort William and Academy's visit to local rivals Brora Rangers both postponed because of the conditions.

It was the Fort who Wick were in action against last time out as they earned a 2-0 home success at the same time as Nairn were enduring a frustrating afternoon in Grantown as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Strathspey Thistle despite creating nearly 30 scoring chances. Manager Ronnie Sharp will be looking for a better conversion rate this time out in the far-north.

You can view a preview of the match below with live coverage of the match available on facebook.com/nairncountyfc and @NairnCounty on Twitter starting with team lines before kick-off, updates on all of the major incidents as they happen while the match progresses, a report on the final whistle and reaction from the manager in the evening.

Date: Saturday January 21st 2017

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Wick Academy

Manager: Gordon Connelly

Venue: Harmsworth Park, Wick

Previous meeting: Nairn County 1 Wick Academy 2 September 17th 2016

Last time out: Wick Academy 2 Fort William 0; Strathspey Thistle 2 Nairn County 2

League position: Wick Academy 6th Nairn County 15th

Form guides: Wick Academy WLWWWW Nairn County LLDLLD

Team news: Ronnie Sharp is boosted by the return of his captain, Wayne Mackintosh and defender Paul Macleod as the pair are back in the squad having served a suspension at Strathspey Thistle last time out. But Glenn Main will miss out on the trip north as he has picked up a one-game ban for an accumulation of yellow cards. Jack Maclean hobbled off during the second half of the match at Grantown a fortnight ago but has come through training unscathed this week while Jason Morganti also made a successful return to action in the under-20s on Wednesday night and is pushing for a return to the team having been ruled out recently with a groin injury. Willie Barron and Jamie Mackay will drop out of the squad for this one due to work commitments though.

One to watch: Steven Anderson. The powerful attacking wide player found the net when these two clubs met at Station Park back in September and was also on target for the Scorries in their 2-0 success over Fort William when they were last in action a fortnight ago. Playing wide in the attacking three who line up behind a single striker, Anderson is Wick's joint-top scorer so far this season with 15 strikes to his name so far this season and has recently extended his stay at Harmsworth Park by penning an extension to his existing contract this week.

Match officials: Referee David Watt, Assistants Barry Stuart and Scott Matthew.

Weather forecast: Sunny 4 degrees 8 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).

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