Nairn County 1
Fraserburgh 1
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 1

League (HFL)
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Station Park
8:00 PM Kick-off

Gregg Main (38)
Ryan Christie (1)

Team Managers
Les Fridge
Mark Cowie

Starting Eleven
Calum Antell
Callum Maclean
Glenn Main
Seán Webb
Ross Naismith
Alan Pollock
Gregg Main
Kenny McKenzie
Adam Naismith
Sam Urquhart
John Cameron
Joe Barbour
Marc Dickson
Russell McBride
Ryan Cowie
Ryan Christie
Bryan Hay
Dean Cowie
William West
Steven Davidson
Paul Campbell
Michael Rae

Dylan Maclean
Paul Macleod
Michael Morrison
Andrew Skinner
Wayne Mackintosh
Tony Wallace
Edward Flinn
Grant Noble
Graham Johnston
Stuart Taylor
Aidan Combe
Cameron Buchan

Michael Morrison for Ross Naismith (46)
Tony Wallace for Alan Pollock (76)
Paul Macleod for John Cameron (83)
Aidan Combe for Michael Rae (61)
Graham Johnston for Steven Davidson (71)
Grant Noble for Ryan Christie (81)

Gregg Main (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Hogg (Referee)

Match Report

BOTH goals came in the first half but it was an all-action final quarter-of-an-hour as Nairn County and Fraseburgh battled out a 1-1 draw at Station Park.

Ryan Christie’s early opener was cancelled out by Gregg Main just before half time. And after a tame first 30 minutes of the second half, the return of Tony Wallace and the introduction of Paul Macleod to an unorthodox right midfield position saw things spark into life leading to a thrilling finale.

Fraserburgh made the ideal start to the game with the opening goal just a minute in. A cross from the left was not cleared and Ryan Christie stepped on to rifle a half-volley into Calum Antell’s top right hand corner to break the deadlock with a stunning strike.

County nearly responded immediately but Gregg Main’s effort from 20 yards out on the right of the box bounced across goal and past the post.

The visitors were denied a second goal by a superb Antell save on 16 minutes. Paul Campbell advanced in on goal as he ran on to a flick from a Fraserburgh goal kick but with the Nairn defenders watching, the County number one made himself big to deny the Broch forward with a superb save.

The Broch threatened again as Steven Davidson shaped himself to get on the end of a cross from the left with a volley as he was falling backwards but again the visitors were denied by the excellent Antell.

County looked to level when a great Ross Naismith flick took him in behind a centre half but he was brushed off the ball by a covering defender at the expense of a corner. The set piece from the right was headed on by a Broch defender at the front post but hacked clear by the man on the far post.

Antell then prevented Fraserburgh from adding their second of the evening. Bryan Hay was free to rise in the six-yard box and meet a corner kick in from the left but County’s stopper again showed his class as he threw himself to his left to make the block and keep the deficit at just one.

A goal out of nothing drew County level on 38 minutes. Lone striker Alan Pollock took the ball down wide on the left and after advancing towards the edge of the box, he played the ball square for Gregg Main to step on to. The midfielder took a touch inside from the right before smashing an unstoppable effort beyond Joe Barbour in the Broch goal with his left foot from 22 yards out.

Nairn started the second half well but Dean Cowie’s swerving free kick across goal and over the bar from the left led to the Broch imposing themselves and it was the visitors who continued to threaten as the match approached the hour mark.

Cowie was again at the heart of things on 62 minutes but his 22-yard grounder was easily held by Antell.

Tony Wallace came off the bench for Nairn on 76 minutes and he was immediately involved. The former Morton attacker ran on to a ball over the top from the right and advanced in on goal before seeing his low, left-footed drive from six yards out blocked by the legs of Joe Barbour in the Broch goal.

This gave Nairn a lift and Sam Urquhart was next to foray forward on 78 minutes. He out-stripped the Broch defence for pace but after doing everything right as he advanced in on goal, he smashed the ball over the crossbar with just Barbour to beat.

A neat move involving Paul Macleod, Urquhart and Wallace saw the latter tee up Kenny McKenzie but his tame effort was held by Barbour on 88 minutes.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Calum Antell (GK)23 36 - 65 -
Callum Maclean24 262262
Glenn Main30 33 - 30412
Seán Webb33 28315312
Gregg Main29 30127522
Alan Pollock26 36108615
Kenny McKenzie23 241241
Adam Naismith26 30 - 1137
Ross Naismith23 201829
John Cameron26 26314133
Sam Urquhart24 36147433
Paul Macleod (sub)26 21 - 1373
Michael Morrison (sub)36 21 - 15219
Tony Wallace (sub)25 188188

League Table (as at April 6th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.