1 - 0
|Marc Laurence (62)||None.|
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Steven Davidson for Grant Noble (80)
Cameron Buchan for Ryan Cowie (88)
Wayne Mackintosh for Alan Pollock
Sam Urquhart for Robbie Duncanson
Conor Gethins (89)
|Dean Cowie (39)||None.|
Dan MacFarlane (Referee)
A MARGIN of one goal was all that separated the teams at Bellslea Park as Nairn County failed to bounce back from their midweek hiding at the hands of Brora Rangers.
Filling in for the suspended Calum Antell was former Fort William goalkeeper David Osborne, who despite having signed on at Station Park in June had yet to make his debut. Sean Webb and Alan Pollock were recalled to the starting lineup while Andrew Skinner and Paul Macleod dropped to the bench and Bradley Halsman was absent. Making his first appearance in the starting eleven was Callum Maclean.
The wind and rain made the game difficult for both teams as Fraserburgh, in search of their first home win, found themselves up against it early on as Joe Barbour spilled into the path of Adam Naismith before the ball was scrambled to safety.
A Michael Morrison shot was saved shortly after as the weather conditions continued to play havoc. Conor Gethins came close with a free kick moments later and soon after, an Alan Pollock cross to the back post narrowly missed Adam Naismith. Fraserburgh will have felt they should have gone 1-0 up ten minutes before the break when a one on one with David Osborne resulted in the ball being blasted over the bar.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, an incident involving a foul on Gregg Main changed the game as Broch midfielder Dean Cowie was dismissed for his illegal challenge.
Despite the man disadvantage, Fraserburgh seemed to make the most of the wind advantage in the second half, and began piling on the pressure. Chances over the bar, saved and off the post left Osborne and his defence involved in a busy second half and it wasn't long before the homesters finally broke the deadlock. Just after the hour mark, on loan Peterhead striker Marc Laurence met a cross from Willie West and sent the ball past Osborne to make it 1-0 to the home side. Fraserburgh's counter attack strategy had paid dividends.
Fraserburgh continued to play the ball forward and downwind as Nairn struggled in the unforgiving conditions. Chances fell for Maclean and Pollock who both fired wide, and Gethins who volleyed over the bar, before Gregg Main forced a save. The visitors' best chance of the game came late on when substitute Sam Urquhart forced a save and Gethins fired the rebound over the bar. Alas, there was to be no equaliser, and all three points stayed at Bellslea.
Match report written by Niall Harkiss
|David Osborne (GK)||40||1||-||1||-|
|Wayne Mackintosh (sub)||27||2||-||292||15|
|Sam Urquhart (sub)||24||8||-||46||19|
No league table has been added for this season.