Written by Nairn County FC August 28th 2022


Goalscorers: Barbour (33 pen), Simpson (65), Watt (69), Campbell (81 pen)
Nairn County Royal British Legion Man of the Match: Callum MacLean

County went into their meeting with reigning Highland League Champions Fraserburgh, having to make two changes from the side that had to settle for a share of the points from their encounter with Deveronvale last week.

Full back Kenny Mackenzie and flying winger Andrew Greig both missed the match through injury with a trialist coming into the starting line-up at left back, while Gordon Macnab came into the midfield in place of the former Brora Rangers and Formartine United winger.

The visitors were first to threaten when Willie West burst into the box, and tested Dylan Maclean with a powerful header that the keeper held confidently after just seven minutes.

County retaliated, within two minutes and a scorching run and shot from striker Scott Davidson from 15 yards beat Joe Barbour all ends up but came crashing back of the crossbar with the keeper a spectator as the home side gave warning of their intentions.

Midway through the opening period Logan Watt flashed a 25- yard drive inches past the far post as the tempo increased from both sides. Then came the games opener, and it was the visitors who were to open the scoring with what can only be described as a dubious award.

Connor Wood and Adam Porritt clashed at the junction of the box, with referee Gordon Seago pointing immediately to the penalty spot amid claims from the Nairn players. When the dust had settled Scott Barbour swept home the resultant spot kick award, sending keeper Maclean the wrong way in the process.

Three minutes later, the Nairn keeper distinguished himself again, with a superb point blank save to deny scorer Barbour a second effort.

The opening stages of the second period saw the home side come out in defiant mood, and three minutes in they almost levelled when Conor Gethins released Scott Davidson at the edge of the box, but after rounding Barbour knocked his final effort wide of the post when in good position.

With the tempo and exchanges becoming heated, an incident on the touchline in front of the main stand resulted in both Glenn Main and Fraserburgh’s Greg Buchan cautioned, although the Broch midfielder should count himself lucky not to have received a more warranted punishment for his part in the incident.

However, the visitors forged further ahead after 65 minutes, when Keiran Simpson bulleted home a powerful header following a Barbour corner. Four minutes later they added a third, when a faulty clearance from Dylan Maclean found Logan Watt at the edge of the box, with the Fraserburgh man knocking the ball into an empty net.

Things got even worse for the Wee County when they conceded a fourth effort with nine minutes remaining. Scott Barbour was adjudged to have been upended just inside the box. Paul Campbell swept home the resultant spot kick – to leave the home side still looking for their opening league win of the season.

NAIRN COUNTY: D.Maclean: Lisle, Porritt, J.Grant, Trialist (C.Maclean 38) Main, Dey (Young 59) McNab, Gethins (Williamson 74) S.Davidson, Shewan
Subs Unused: Counsell (GK) McConaghy, N.Grant, Duffty

FRASERBURGH: J.Barbour: Simpson, Young (Guild 69) Beagrie, West, S.Barbour, Wood (Combe 69) Watt, Buchan, Sargent, Aitken
Subs Unused: L.Davidson, Cowie, Butcher, Inglis

Match Referee: Mr G.Seago (Inverness)

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