Nairn County 1 Turriff United 2 - Reaction

21st February, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Reactions
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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A COMBINATION of an inspired performance by Turriff United goalkeeper, Kevin Main and rustiness from his side in front of goal prevented Nairn County from taking something out of yesterday's game at Station Park, according to manager Les Fridge.

The boss was disappointed to see County create so many chances only to be thwarted by Main on numerous occasions.

He said: "Our goalkeeper, Calum Antell was beaten by a penalty and a wonder strike into the top corner from outside the box. Other than that, the only other thing of note he had to do is make a great save in the second half."

"Compare that to their goalkeeper, Kevin Main, who was definitely the man of the match. He made four or five great saves in the first half and carried that on in the second half, including two at the end to keep them in front and win the game. It is disappointing to have not won the game, never mind not getting a point."

Seconds after the second half started, Turriff were awarded a penalty after Sean Webb was judged to have fouled David Booth in the penalty area. Lewis Davidson converted from 12 yards to put the visitors in front and although Conor Gethins levelled for Nairn, Robbie Allan struck the winner for United 10 minutes from time.

Fridge stated: "The penalty was a soft award because it was just a tangling of legs. The boy (Booth) ran across Webby and went down. It was not as if Webby threw himself into a tackle or could have avoided the contact. That was disappointing and then once we got ourselves back into the game, the boy Allan went and hit a goal worthy of winning any game."

"If I have any criticism, it is that we did not take any of these chances but when you think about the layoff we have had and look at the way we played today, I am happy enough because we showed a good attitude and played some really good football."

"We are definitely lacking a bit of sharpness in front of goal though. I said at half time we needed to move the ball a bit quicker, which we did in the second half and it is disappointing to come away with nothing because we put so much into the game and played so well."

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