Nairn County 2
Fraserburgh 2
League (HFL)

Nairn County
2 - 2

League (HFL)
Saturday, October 11th, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Scott Kellacher (55)
Iain Brooks (77)
Kevin Bisset (11)
Kevin Bisset

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Dave Macdonald
Mo MacMillan
Steven Edwards
Gareth Smith
Willie Barron
Colin MacLeod
Garry Ewing
Neal Sinclair
Iain Brooks
Scott Kellacher
Billy Gordon
Neil Main
Russell McBride
Scott Clark
Kevin Bisset
Mark Cowie
Kevin Norris
Scott Mackie
Neil McLaren
Steven Main
Michael Stephen

Michael A Rae
Mark Holmes
Brian Macleod
Paul McDonald
Robbie Duncanson
Michael Thomson
Graham Johnston
William West
James Geddes
Gavin Wemyss

Mark Holmes for Neal Sinclair (35)
Brian Macleod for Scott Kellacher (77)
Gavin Wemyss for Scott Mackie (61)
James Geddes for Michael Stephen (74)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Nairn gaffer Ronnie Sharp made two changes to the side that won their first game in seven last week up in Wick by replacing the injured Johnny Seaton with Morris MacMillan in midfield while Scott Kellacher returned to make his third start of the season in favour of young Robbie Duncanson. Paul McDonald and Mark Holmes were back on the bench while Steve Sanderson missed out all together.

It was Nairn that started the brighter of the two sides and came agonizingly close to claiming a second minute lead. Garry Ewing was well positioned to meet a Kellacher cross from the right but somehow visiting keeper Billy Gordon turned his header over the bar.

Then on 11 minutes the Broch took the lead. County failed to properly clear their lines allowing the ball to drop to Kevin Bisset on the left edge of the penalty area for him to drill high into Rae's top left hand corner.

Nairn should've been back on level terms only eight minutes later though. Ewing whipped in a cross from the right that was met by the head of Willie Barron but he could only glance his effort past Gordon's right hand post.

The visitors were then nearly gifted a two-goal lead on the half hour mark. Morris MacMillan played a back pass to keeper Michael Rae that was too short and therefore allowing Bisset to latch onto the loose ball but his chip came back off of the underside of the crossbar before being cleared to safety by Colin Macleod.

Nairn were dealt a blow on 35 minutes when Neal Sinclair limped off injured to be replaced by Mark Holmes, who was just returning from injury himself.

Ian Brooks had the last chance of the half for County but he saw his angled drive palmed away by Billy Gordon nine minutes before the interval.

It took County 10 minutes after the restart to get themselves level. Scott Kellacher curled a free kick from 25 yards from the right over the ball and down towards the keepers bottom right hand corner leaving him with no chance.

Only a minute later, and Nairn were only inches away from taking the lead. A high ball into the box from Ian Brooks was met by Willie Barron but his header came crashing back off of the crossbar.

Fraserburgh themselves were pushing forward in numbers in an attempt to regain their lead and only a Dave Macdonald header over his own bar prevented a Norris shot from hitting the net on 58 minutes.

Ian Brooks then cut in from the right and fired a low shot across Gordon but only a slight deflection en route to goal diverted his effort past the post.

A tremendous low drilling shot from Scott Kellacher was brilliantly saved by Gordon to deny the striker a double on his Station Park return on 76 minutes.

A minute later though and there was nothing Gordon could do as Nairn took the lead. Brooks made a great run into the box from the left before collecting the ball and hitting a low shot across the keeper and into his bottom right hand corner.

But Fraserburgh weren't quite finished yet. A cut back from Steven Main was perfect for Bisset to fire into the roof of Rae's net from 12 yards out for his second goal of the day and to snatch a point for the visitors.

Ronnie Sharp will be happy that his side have taken a point and ended Fraserburgh's 100% League record but at the same time he will disappointed that his side could only hold their advantage for three minutes. The side now look forward to next weeks match at Fort William and will have to be at their best again as Claggan Park has been somewhat of a fortress this season for the Lochaber men.

Squad Statistics (as at October 11th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 7 - 35 -
Gareth Smith24 5 - 39 -
Mo MacMillan - 6 - 25 -
Dave Macdonald - 5 - 45 -
Steven Edwards22 6 - 291
Garry Ewing - 7 - 502
Willie Barron22 5 - 4014
Neal Sinclair - 101483
Colin MacLeod29 10 - 40 -
Scott Kellacher22 424225
Iain Brooks25 1065423
Mark Holmes (sub)28 81309
Brian Macleod (sub)22 101122

League Table (as at October 11th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.