Buckie Thistle 1
Nairn County 0
League (HFL)

Buckie Thistle 

1 - 0

Nairn County

League (HFL)
Saturday, January 24th, 2004
Victoria Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart McGuigan (45) None.

Team Managers
Unknown. Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Michael Rae
Glenn Main
Steven Edwards
Paul McDonald
Garry Ewing
Gary Farquhar
Neal Sinclair
Brian Macleod
Iain Brooks
Johnny Seaton
Scott Kellacher

None. Michael A Rae
Mark Holmes
Mo MacMillan
Steve Sanderson
Robbie Duncanson

None. Mark Holmes for Neal Sinclair (46)
Steve Sanderson for Scott Kellacher (75)
Robbie Duncanson for Gary Farquhar (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

County crash to their second defeat in a row and in the process extend their record to only one goal in four matches. Gaffer Ronnie Sharp made wholesales changes to his side in a bid to freshen things up by replacing late call off Gareth Smith, the unavailable Willie Barron, Robbie Duncanson and Mark Holmes with Garry Ewing, Brian Macleod, Gary Farquhar and Scott Kellacher.

In a somewhat poor first forty-five minutes, both sides defended resolutely, limiting the opposing strikers to only a few half chances. The first of these fell the way of the home side in the tenth minute when winger Franny More's low corner from the right was met on the volley by Jamie Shewan only for Nairn midfielder Neal Sinclair to clear from the goal-line.

Then on 34 minutes a ball lofted over the Nairn defence from Mike Macdonald was met by Shewan again but his looping side foot volley from the right edge of the penalty area sailed just past the left hand post.

The home side then took the lead on the stroke of half time when Macdonald sent a cross in from the left that was side-footed first time by Stuart McGuigan past Michael Rae to opening the scoring.

Losing a goal so close to half time had the potential to be a hammer blow to County as they had managed to keep the hosts at bay from the majority of the first forty-five minutes but the arrival of Mark Holmes at the interval seemed to swing things in favour of the visitors.

The ex-Buckie man, making his return to Victoria Park after leaving the Jags almost 20 months ago, nearly made an immediate impact on the game. After making one of many surging runs down the right, he attempted to lift the ball over home keeper Kevin Main's head only to see his effort end up a couple of inches on the wrong side of the crossbar.

Brooks was next to threaten for Nairn as he saw an effort from 10 yards on the left side of the box flash past the post to the dismay of the travelling support after 54 minutes.

Stand-in skipper Brooks was again at the heart of the action a minute short of the hour mark. This time he screwed a shot from the right edge of the penalty box just past Main's right hand post.

With 15 minutes remaining, County gaffer Ronnie Sharp replaced the returning Scott Kellacher and Gary Farquhar with strikers Steve Sanderson and Robbie Duncanson.
Franny More then put a free header past the post before substitute John Coutts was denied a penalty after being felled in the box by Nairn's Garry Ewing as the hosts looked to kill off their visitors with a second goal.

With eight minutes remaining, ex-Cove man Coutts was again on the trail of a second Buckie goal as he stabbed a shot goalwards from the edge of the box only for Michael Rae to gather it easily.

Many people will not be surprised by the outcome of this match so to have disappointingly lost a goal just before half time, Nairn can take credit for not caving-in during the second forty-five minutes and coming close to fighting their way back into the match. The real problem for Ronnie Sharp's men at the moment seems to be finding the back of the net but hopefully this cane be put right before what must be classed as a must-win match in terms of gaining League positions next week at home to Forres.

Squad Statistics (as at January 24th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 16 - 44 -
Steven Edwards22 131362
Glenn Main18 3 - 4 -
Neal Sinclair - 181563
Paul McDonald - 11 - 11 -
Brian Macleod22 171192
Garry Ewing - 15 - 582
Gary Farquhar - 1446027
Iain Brooks25 1565923
Scott Kellacher23 1365129
Johnny Seaton - 18 - 30 -
Mark Holmes (sub)28 1523710
Steve Sanderson (sub)22 1113920
Robbie Duncanson (sub)19 123143

League Table (as at January 24th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.