Written by Nairn County FC November 20th 2023


Goalscorers: George Robesten (16), Andrew MacLeod (90+7 pen); Craig Mackenzie (84)

North of Scotland Cup Winners, Nairn County, played host to near neighbours, Forres Mechanics, on Highland League Business, at Station Park.

Following on from their superb cup success over Ross County, the County went into the match looking to maintain their climb up the table.

Steven Mackay made one change from their cup success, with Mackay leaving himself out of the starting line-up, with George Robesten coming in as his replacement.

The Ross County loanee made an impressive start to proceedings, as the home side made the breakthrough after just 16 minutes. Gus Dey was the provider when he took a Ciaran Young pass in his stride, before setting up Robesten, who beat the advancing keeper with a clinical finish for the opener.

The second period saw the visitors go in search of the equaliser, with Lee Fraser, Craig Mackenzie and Ethan Cairns all testing Dylan Maclean with efforts that failed to hit the target.

The Nairn County custodian was called into action again, after 68 minutes, when he did well to get his fingertips to a Lee Fraser header, to keep his side in front.

Six minutes from time, their efforts were rewarded when Craig Mackenzie equalised with a spectacular overhead kick to pull the visitors back on level terms.

With the match deep into injury time, the home side were awarded a penalty following a high boot on Calum Mackay in the box. When the dust had settled, Andrew Macleod smacked home the resultant spot kick to maintain the club’s winning run.

Next up for the County is the short trip to Inverness to play Clachnacuddin on Wednesday night.

NAIRN COUNTY: Dylan MacLean, Callum MacLean, Kenny McKenzie, Ross Tokely (Jamie Carnihan 22), Fraser Dingwall (C); Wayne MacKintosh, Alasdair Gillies (Andrew MacLeod 46), Angus Dey (Calum Mackay 66), George Robesten, Ciaran Young (Ben Kelly 46), Aaron Nicolson (Sam Gordon 89)

Subs not used: Lewis Munro (GK), Tyler Eadie, Owen MacDonald

Match Referee: Gordon Morrison


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