Huntly 6
Nairn County 1
League (HFL)


6 - 1

Nairn County

League (HFL)
Saturday, April 10th, 2004
Christie Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Marco de Barros (22)
Graham Green (41)
Ross Campbell (46)
Russell Guild (64)
Graham Green (66)
Graham Green (85)
Brian Macleod (52)

Team Managers
Unknown. Martin Bell

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Michael Rae
Gareth Smith
Dave Macdonald
Neal Sinclair
Brian Macleod
Colin MacLeod
Steve Sanderson
Gary Farquhar
Iain Brooks
Robbie Duncanson
Johnny Seaton

None. Michael A Rae
Glenn Main
Willie Barron
Gregg Main
Scott Kellacher

None. Willie Barron for Steve Sanderson (51)
Scott Kellacher for Johnny Seaton (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

County lose their final away fixture of the season thanks to a six goals to one defeat at Huntly's Christie Park. The side now have to re-group and prepare for the final game of the season, a home clash with Fort William.

Martin Bell made two changes to the side that were knocked out of the Highland League Cup by Forres at the Quarter Final stage last week by dropping Willie Barron and Scott Kellacher to the substitutes bench in favour of Steve Sanderson and Robbie Duncanson.

After an impeccable observed minute silence in memory of County legend Davie Johnston who died on Wednesday, Huntly started the stronger of the two sides and were in ascendancy from the kick off. Marco De Barros was sent through on goal by a long ball forward but was thwarted by Michael Rae in the Nairn goal.

O'Driscoll then went close for the home side when he beat the out-rushing Rae to a through ball but Brian Macleod was on hand to make a crucial goal-line clearance.
Nairn first threatened a quarter of an hour into the match when Steve Sanderson fired a shot into the side netting from the left edge of the six yard box.

Three minutes later and the Nairn goal was threatened again as a low shot from Martin Stewart on the edge of the box was well held by Rae.

A through ball by O'Driscoll carved open the Nairn defence after 22 minutes relaseing Marco De Barros who slammed the ball home from an acute angle to break the deadlock.

This lead was almost doubled 12 minutes later when O'Driscoll fired across goal from the right edge of the six yard box and pulled his shot just past the far off upright.
Sanderson again went close for County, five minutes before the interval but his shot from the edge of the box flashed just past the post.

Only a matter of seconds after coming on, Huntly sub Graham Green had doubled his side's advantage. He collected the ball on the edge of the area and managed to screw a low shot past Rae and into his bottom right hand corner.

Seconds after the restart and the hsots had added to their tally. A corner in from the right was headed clear from the goal-line by Nairn's Gareth Smith only for Ross Campbell to power the follow up into the net.

County did manage to haul themselves back into the reckoning with a goal seven minutes later. Johnny Seaton released Ian Brooks and the bury hitman drove into the home side's territory before cutting the ball back for Brian Macleod to guide into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Four minutes after the hour mark though and Huntly managed to restore their three goal advantage. A corner in from the left was only partially cleared by the County defence for Russell Guild to fire into the net first time from the edge of the box.

The home side though they'd made it five, two minutes later when a Levi Stephen cross in from the left was headed into the net by Graham Green but their celebrations were cut short by the linesmans flag.

But when Green was on hand to score a Stainer cut back, there was no such flag. Substitute Stainer made a surging run and upon reaching the by-line cut the ball across goal where Green was on hand to tap the ball into the net.

Green completed his hat-trick five minutes from time. Again Levi Stephen was the supplier as he swung a cros in from the left for Green to glancing header into the net at the front post.

County will now look to their next match, a home clash with Fort William, in hope of finishing the season with a win before building towards next seasons campaign.

Squad Statistics (as at April 10th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 27 - 55 -
Dave Macdonald - 181581
Gareth Smith25 25 - 59 -
Neal Sinclair - 291673
Steve Sanderson22 2114920
Brian Macleod22 294315
Colin MacLeod29 25 - 55 -
Gary Farquhar - 2677230
Iain Brooks25 2496826
Robbie Duncanson19 203223
Johnny Seaton - 27 - 39 -
Willie Barron (sub)23 2556019
Scott Kellacher (sub)23 2576330

League Table (as at April 10th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.