5 - 1
5 - 1
Scott Kellacher (24)
Scott Kellacher (45)
Iain Brooks (46)
Iain Brooks (47)
Johnny Seaton (68)
|Michael Mackenzie (26)|
Michael A Rae
Wayne Mackintosh for Gary Farquhar (83)
Gregg Main for Johnny Seaton (87)
|Steven Pearson for Sandy Macmillan (63)|
Nairn County ended the season on a high with a comprehensive victory over Fort William at Station Park as Martin Bell signed off in victorious fashion but the question still remains over for whom he was keeping the hotseat warm for.
Bell made four changes to the side that suffered a heavy defeat to Huntly in their last League outing a fortnight ago, two of them enforced. Gareth Smith and Neal Sinclair missed out through injury and were replaced by Glenn Main and Garry Ewing while Steve Sanderson and Robbie Duncanson were dropped down to the benhc in favour of Willie Barron and Scott Kellacher.
The visitors went very close to breaking the deadlock after only three minutes of play when a right-footed cross in from the left wing by John Macdonald was met in the air by Peter Kelly at the back post only for Rae to make an instinctive save to deny the ex-Ross County man.
County took 21 minutes to conjour up their first chance on goal and when it came it fell to Gary Farquhar. He attempted to chip the ball over Fort keeper John Campbell from a tight angle but was denied as the ex-Hibs shotstopper tipped the effort over the crossbar.
Two minutes later and again Nairn were on the attack. Scott Kellacher played an inch-perfect pass into the stride of Willie Barron who saw his shot saved by the legs of Cambell.
Nairn had now assumed total control of proceedings and broke the deadlock after 24 minutes. Johnny Seaton won a flick on in the air that landed perfectly for Scott Kellacher to run onto before slamming the ball into the net via the right hand post from 15 yards.
But the hosts were stopped in their tracks by a Fort equaliser barely two minutes later. With Nairn on the attack, Dave Macdonald lost possession on the edge of the Fort penalty area leading to a clearence finding Michael Mackenzie driving forward before slotting the ball under the advancing Michael Rae from 12 yards.
The visitors were dealt a massive blow though when they were reduced to ten men thanks to John Macdonald's sending off for needlessly reacting to a Johnny Seaton challenge on Sandy Macmillan. This was Macdonald's second ordering off against Nairn this season following his dismisal for a spat with Mark Holmes down in Lochaber back in November.
Nairn capitalised of their numerical advantage by re-establishing their lead in first half stoppage time. Scott Kellacher raced through on goal only to see his original shot blocked by John Campbell before diverting the rebound goalwards, despite being grounded, past the despairing Fort goalie, who was also on the deck, and into the unguarded net.
Less than a minute into the second forty-five and Nairn had a third. Willie Barron made a surging run down the left wing before swinging in an inch-perfect cross upon reaching the bye-line for Ian Brooks to nod into the net at the back post.
Brooks doubled his tally for the day less than 60 seconds later when he made a thrusting run through the heart of the visiting defence before keeping his cool to slot under Campbell.
Colin Macleod almost made it five for Nairn when a cross in from the right was headed back across goal by Ian Brooks where the County centre back tried to scramble the ball home at the front post only for it to be cleared from the goal-line.
Fort were then handed the opportunity to get themselves back into the game somewhat after 51 minutes when David Macdonald was ajudged to have fouled Paul Cameron in the box. Stephen Howden stepped up to smack the spot kick off the post to add to Fort's list of misfortune for the day.
Scott Kellacher was then handed the perfect chance to sew up his hat-trick five minutes later but he blazed his shot at the back post across goal with the net at his mercy.
Gary Farquhar was next to try his luck for County a minute short of the hour mark when he fired a shot in from the edge of the box that was deflected before being tipped over.
Michael Mackenzie again drove through on goal for the visitors but this time opted to shoot from range only to see his effort held by Michael Rae.
Nairn almost added a fifth goal after 67 minutes when they were awarded a free kick 22 yards out. Gary Farquhar stepped up to send a textbook effort goalwards only to see Campbell scramble across and tip the top corner bound shot past the post.
From the resulting corner though, County eventually scored that much sought after fifth goal. Farquhar swung in the flag kick perfectly for the unmarked Johnny Seaton to header past Campbell and into the net to score his first goal since re-signing for Nairn almost two years ago.
WIllie Barron almost scored a sixth Nairn goal after 71 minutes when he rounded John Campbell on the edge of the box but saw his shot cleared from the goal-line.
Scott Kellacher was sent through on goal but his shot from 15 yards was well blocked by Campbell as the Nairn striker was again denied his hat-trick.
A good way for Nairn to end a disappointing season and now the side can focus on improving next year under the stewardship of their soon to be appointed new manager.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||28||-||56||-|
|Gregg Main (sub)||17||2||-||2||-|
|Wayne Mackintosh (sub)||16||3||-||3||-|
No league table has been added for this season.