FOURTEEN months out injured took its toll on Nairn County captain Gregg Main as he made a successful return to the field after Anterior Cruciate Ligament surgery. Although it was hard to tell with the energetic performance from the midfielder, he confessed to being heavy-legged having been in the side which succumbed to headers from Ross Draper and Liam Fontaine, who netted twice.
The Station Park skipper said: “It was good to be back on the football field after 14 months out. I lasted 80 minutes, so I was pleased with that. It was a really hard shift and although I never felt my knee at all, my groins are tight. But that is to be expected in pre-season against players of that quality.”
He added: “I thought we played really well. This time last year, we played against St Mirren and lost 9-0. We looked a lot more organised than that today. We have been training for two weeks now and we are only going to get better. Hopefully, we can take the positives from today into Friday’s game against Inverness CT and the rest of the season.”
Draper headed Ross County in front from a corner in the first half before Fontaine got in the act with a double off cross balls in the second half.
“Ross Draper and Liam Fontaine are both big units,” said Main. “They are going to win most headers they go up for in the Championship, never mind against us. It says something for our club that it took set pieces and cross balls for them to get their goals against us and it is nothing to be downhearted about.”
Main sat on the side-lines as Nairn achieved a top half finish in the Highland League last season in just their second campaign after seeing their top-eight team decimated by a financial restructure.
“Hopefully, I can bring a bit of experience to the squad,” revealed Main. “We want to keep the team together – that will be the main thing. I kicked every single ball on the side-lines last season but I am just delighted to be back. It has been a long time being out for 14 months.”