Fraserburgh 4
Nairn County 1
League (HFL)


4 - 1

Nairn County

League (HFL)
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Bellslea Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Campbell (50)
Paul Campbell (53)
Graham Johnston (80)
Paul Young (86)
Jordan MacRae (65)

Team Managers
Mark Cowie Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Peter Tait
Bryan Hay
Ryan Cowie
Ryan Christie
Dean Cowie
Michael Rae
Paul Young
Gary Harris
Paul Campbell
Greg Buchan
Stephen Foster
Ryan MacDonald
Adam Porritt
Glenn Main
Liam MacDonald
Adam Naismith
Jack Maclean
Cohen Ramsay
Kenny McKenzie
Jordan MacRae
Gary Kerr

Aidan Combe
Edward Flinn
Ryan Sargent
Willie West
Graham Johnston
Cameron Buchan
Dylan Maclean
Callum Ednie
Craig Munro
Ross Naismith
Dylan Mackenzie
Matty Macleod
Max Ewan

Willie West for Gary Harris (34)
Aidan Combe for Greg Buchan (60)
Graham Johnston for Paul Campbell (77)
Dylan Mackenzie for Cohen Ramsay (46)
Ross Naismith for Liam MacDonald (68)
Max Ewan for Gary Kerr (77)

Paul Young (64) Adam Naismith (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Filippo Mazzoni (Referee)

Match Report

CHEAP goals have cost Nairn County dearly in recent weeks and that trend continued at Bellslea with Fraserburgh two up early on in the second half through strikes that the visitors will feel could have been avoided.

Jordan MacRae pulled one back to give Nairn hope but with County mounting a charge, a further two Fraserburgh efforts in the final 10 minutes sealed the points for the high-flying hosts.

Fraserburgh started brightly and six minutes in, Gary Harris ran in on goal after meeting a flick on but he was denied by restored Nairn County goalkeeper Stephen Foster, who got down well to smother the striker’s shot.

The home side should have broken the deadlock on 19 minutes after Greg Buchan delivered a cross from the left that was met with a cushioned by the unmarked Paul Campbell but he directed his effort over the crossbar.

The industry of Jordan MacRae brought about Nairn’s first opening and the visitors should have opened the scoring on 23 minutes. The striker mugged Dean Cowie of possession wide on the left and raced in along the by-line before pulling the ball back to Liam MacDonald but the on-loan midfielder was denied a first goal in County colours as he directed his shot wide of the far post under pressure from a recovering defender.

Four minutes later, Campbell was free to meet an in-swinging Ryan Cowie free kick from wide on the right with a header on the six-yard line but he sent the ball sailing over the crossbar.

Foster then excelled on 35 minutes as he threw himself to his left to tip away Bryan Hay’s header after the centre-half had connected with an in-swinging corner from the left.

County’s resistance was broken five minutes into the second half and it was an absolute gift for Fraserburgh. Willie West beat the out-rushing Foster to the ball at the edge of the box but the Broch midfielder could only flick it high up into the air. With Foster out of his goal, the visitors inexplicably allowed the ball to bounce in the six-yard box with Paul Campbell first to it as it dropped again and he blasted home a rising shot from close range.

Just three minutes later, the Broch were two up and Nairn will feel it was another avoidable goal. Ryan Cowie pinged a free kick from just inside the Nairn half out on the right touchline towards the far post and the ball was allowed to travel all the way through to unmarked Paul Campbell, who was able to prod home his second of the afternoon from eight yards.

County had a great chance to half the deficit on 59 minutes but Dylan Mackenzie went for power over precision from 15 yards after being found by Gary Kerr’s cut back. And he could only blast the ball straight at Peter Tait in the Broch goal, who saved with his legs.

Nairn gave themselves hope on 65 minutes though as they pulled a goal back. Jordan MacRae stepped up to a free kick 20 yards from goal in a central position and County’s top scorer whipped the ball around the ball and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

County committed bodies forward in hunt of a leveller but it was Fraserburgh who made the points safe 10 minutes from the end. Substitute Graham Johnston stepped up to a free kick 20 yards out and lifted the ball over the wall and into the bottom left-hand corner with his first touch of the game.

Then, the Broch added a fourth with just four minutes remaining. County failed to clear a corner from the right with Ross Naismith dispossessed on the edge of the Nairn box by Paul Young, who saw a deflected 20-yard shot fly past Foster.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at November 4th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Stephen Foster (GK)19 10 - 10 -
Adam Porritt23 161161
Glenn Main32 17 - 36314
Ryan MacDonald24 15 - 15 -
Adam Naismith28 1211278
Liam MacDonald18 3 - 3 -
Cohen Ramsay17 162162
Kenny McKenzie25 151744
Jack Maclean19 161515
Jordan MacRae19 1795417
Gary Kerr26 1216121
Ross Naismith (sub)24 11312819
Dylan Mackenzie (sub)18 1764411
Max Ewan (sub)16 9191

League Table (as at November 4th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.