THE club makes its return to the Scottish Youth Cup on Sunday as the under-20s squad makes the trip to Harlaw Park to take on Inverurie Locos in a first round tie.
Coach Stuart Finnie has been gearing his squad up for this match over recent weeks and having been left disappointed to come away with nothing from their opening North of Scotland League players, he will have been emphasising the importance of taking chances having watched his team dominate at Grant Park only to be picked off by two breakaway goals.
The winners of this tie will welcome SPFL League Two side Montrose for a home match in round two with the winner of that fixture progressing to the third round stage where a match against Scottish Premiership opposition could await depending on the draw.
A preview of the match is below and you can follow live updates from Harlaw Park on the club's official social media channels by logging on to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter. A preview of the match is below:
Date: Sunday September 3rd 2017
Competition: Scottish Youth Cup
Opponents: Inverurie Loco Works
Venue: Harlaw Park, Inverurie
Previous meeting: n/a
Last time out: Lossiemouth 2 Nairn County 1
Team news: Despite being young enough to feature in this competition, Stephen Foster, Matty Macleod, Dylan Mackenzie, Jordan MacRae and Cohen Ramsay will not be in the squad as goalkeeper Foster continues his return from concussion, Macleod is out through illness and the latter trio have first team commitments the day before this tie and the following Wednesday. However, Craig Munro and Max Ewan also fall into the eligible age bracket, so will drop down from the first team squad for game time in this tie. Out are midfielders Aaron Fraser and Craig McDermott with the former still working his way back to full fitness after missing pre-season due to a knee injury while McDermott has work commitments. Aidan Stewart, Alex Geddes and Sandy Main have all been registered in time to feature having done enough as trialists throughout the summer to earn deals for the season after stepping up from the club's under-17s squad at the end of last season.
Squad: Fraser Wilkie, Aidan Stewart, Struan Tweedie, Jack W. Maclean, Euan Wheeler, Josh Millard, Craig Munro, Sandy Main, Andrew Colliar, Cameron Maclean, Ian Payne, Sam Campbell, Joe Cuthbert, Seamus McConaghy, Sam Gordon, Alex Geddes, Ryan MacBean, Max Ewan.
Match officials: Referee Scott Leslie, Assistants Fraser Bushell and Ross Bissett.
Weather forecast: Light cloud 15 degrees 19 mph wind.
Admission prices: Adults free Concessions free.