Nairn County 0
Forres Mechanics 3
League (HFL)

Nairn County
0 - 3
Forres Mechanics 

League (HFL)
Saturday, January 31st, 2004
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. David Craig (15)
Charlie Brown (45)
Charlie Brown (80)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Steven Edwards
Willie Barron
Colin MacLeod
Paul McDonald
Garry Ewing
Neal Sinclair
Brian Macleod
Iain Brooks
Johnny Seaton
Scott Kellacher
Ali Mackenzie
Gary Black
George Simmers
Steven Maclean
Alan Macpherson
David Craig
Neil Whyte
Charlie Brown
Charlie Rowley
Scott Matheson
Michael Gibson

Michael A Rae
Mo MacMillan
Glenn Main
Gary Farquhar
Steve Sanderson
Steven Rattray
Shawn Scott
Ewan Grigor
Scott Moore
Ryan Green

Glenn Main for Paul McDonald (35)
Gary Farquhar for Scott Kellacher (46)
Steve Sanderson for Steven Edwards (68)
Scott Moore for David Craig (84)
Ryan Green for Charlie Rowley (86)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

A sterling effort by the loyal County supporters saw the pitch cleared just in time to pass a 1.30pm pitch inspection. Some had been there for four hours and there was relief all round as referee Jason Hasson gave the playing surface the all clear. If the efforts of the County players could match that of the supporters then the three points would surely have stayed at Station Park.

Gary Farquhar was demoted to the bench for this match in favour of Willie Barron, who missed last weks trip to Buckie, while Colin Macleod cam back into defence for youngster Glenn Main, who was on the bench.

County almost got off to a dream start when the maverick Willie Barron met a corner from the left with a glancing header that unfortunately sailed over the crossbar.

But it was the visitors who boke the deadlock, 15 minutes in thanks to some terrible home defending. Paul McDonald completely fresh aired an attempted clearence on the 18 yard line allowing Forres' David Craig to nip in before dispatching the ball into Michael Rae's bottom right hand corner.

It was Craig again who was leading the visitors attack as he cracked a shot goalwards from 18 yards that came back off of the foot of Rae's left hand upright.

Michael Gibson was then sent through one-on-one with Rae but the County keeper did well the deny Forres' on-loan winger.

The hosts then had their first real spell of sustained pressure when Willie Barron made a surging run up the right wing before seeing his attempted chip land on the roof of Forres keeper Ali Mackenzie's net.

Neal Sinclair was next to try his luck for the hosts as he fired a shot goalwards from 20 yards that was well held by Mackenzie.

But a Forres goal on the stroke of half time took the wind right out of County's sails. Garry Ewing lost possession on the halfway line allowing Charlie Brown to collect the loose ball before making great run up the field on the counter-attack before tapping past Michael Rae.

Despite the introduction of Gary Farquhar at the interval, County started the second half on the back foot again. Five minutes in and a cross from the left made it's way across to Charlie Rowley, who had acres of space at the back post, but he saw his shot beaten away to safety by Rae.

Five minutes later and this time it was Charlie Brown who was through one-on-one with Rae but the County keeper stood his ground to make a save.

Nairn then conjured up their best chance of the half, two minutes short of the hour mark. Willie Barron sent a cross in from the left that Gary Farquhar controlled well on his chest before firing a volley just over the crossbar.

Ex-St. Johnstone man Farquhar was again at the heart of the action as he robbed Craig of possession in the Forres half before firing his effort over the crossbar to the disappointment of the County supporters.

Forres began probing for the killer third goal when Michael Gibson struck a shot that flew just past Rae's right hand post with 16 minutes remaining.

Charlie Rowley was again denied by Rae when he was sent through on goal only to see the County keeper save his effort with his legs.

But thw visitors gift wrapped the points 10 minutes from the end as Charlie Brown collected a loose ball in the box before keeping his cool to slot home a composed finish into Rae's bottom left hand corner.

Forres manager Alan Scott picks up his first win over Nairn since taking over the Mosset Park reigns as County crash to their first defeat in over eight matches against their local rivals. Nairn seem to be lacking that cutting edge in front of goal at the moment that is crucial to a team winning games but hopefully the side will get more of a rub of the green in the next couple of maches to turn things around.

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 17 - 45 -
Steven Edwards22 141372
Willie Barron23 1545018
Neal Sinclair - 191573
Paul McDonald - 12 - 12 -
Brian Macleod22 181202
Colin MacLeod29 18 - 48 -
Garry Ewing - 16 - 592
Scott Kellacher23 1465229
Iain Brooks25 1666023
Johnny Seaton - 19 - 31 -
Glenn Main (sub)18 4 - 5 -
Steve Sanderson (sub)22 1214020
Gary Farquhar (sub) - 1546127

League Table (as at January 31st, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.