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|John Cassidy (57)||
Willie Barron (14)
Scott Kellacher (34)
Sergio Garcia Rodriguez
Michael A Rae
Martin Kerr for Peter Kelly (46)
Stewart Johnston for Andy Martin (57)
Brian Macleod for Mo MacMillan (57)
Robbie Duncanson for Scott Kellacher (80)
|John Macdonald (25)||
Mark Holmes (25)
Jason Hasson (Referee)
It was a hard fought win for Nairn today against an ever improving and resiliant Fort William sides that had made Claggan Park somewhat of a fortress by claiming some big scalps on their own patch.
County gaffer Ronnie Sharp made two enforced changes to the side that earned a 2-2 home draw with Fraserburgh last week by welcoming back Mark Holmes and Johnny Seaton to the starting line-up to replace the injured Neal Sinclair and unavailable Steven Edwards.
County passed up a golden opportunity to take the lead after only nine minutes. Scott Kellacher swung in a cross from the right that was met by Ian Brooks but his effort came back off the crossbar. The ball then fell to Willie Barron at the back post but he fired wide.
Nairn did take the lead though five minutes later. A long ball forward from the defence by Dave Macdonald was brilliantly controlled into his stride by Willie Barron allowing him the spring the Fort offside trap and show his marker a clean pair of heels before slotting under Campbell and into the gaping net from eight yards.
Then on 25 minutes both sides were reduced to 10 men. Holmes took down Fort's John Macdonald with a heavy challenge to which he reacted. Holmes in turn lashed out at the Claggan Parker and both were given their marching orders by referee Jason Hasson.
Nairn then carved the next opening of the match three minutes later. Johnny Seaton sent a cross over from the left but Scott Kellacher could only succeed in slicing his volley over the crossbar from 10 yards.
Kellacher then made amends 11 minutes before the interval. Ian Brooks won a free kick left on the edge of the box and with no Gary Farquhar on the pitch it was down to Kellacher to take the set piece after he had netted from a free kick last week. The wee striker spotted a gap in the home side's wall and exploited this by firing a low effort into Campbell's bottom right hand corner to make it 2-0.
Ian Brooks made a surging run from midfield in the 43rd minute before thrusting into the box but he could only pull his shot across goal and past the post from the left side of the penalty area.
Fort's decision to have a man on the back post paid dividends after 52 minutes as Brooks' header from a Garry Ewing corner from the right was cleared to safety.
The home side clawed themselves right back into the match five minutes later though. A Steven Howden free kick from the right by the corner flag was headed powerfully towards goal by John Cassidy that Rae could only palm into the roof of the net.
Scott Kellacher then passed up a chance to restore County's two goal advantage in the 65th minute. He was through one-on-one with the keeper but saw his powerful effort palmed around the post for a corner.
From the resulting flag kick a header was again cleared at the back post. This time it was Gareth Smith's glancing effort that needed to be dealt with.
20 minutes from time and substitute Brian Macleod did well to carve and opening for himself. He turned in the box but before unleashing an effort that had to be tipped over the top.
On 87 minutes though the home side should've drawn level. A free kick from distance was spilled by Rae and he was still on the ground when Colin Macleod chested the follow up effort from the goal line before Willie Barron hacked the ball out for a corner following a goalmouth stramash. Again it was Barron who cleared the danger from the corner by heading away as County held on for the three points that lifts then up to seventh place in the League table.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||8||-||36||-|
|Brian Macleod (sub)||22||11||1||13||2|
|Robbie Duncanson (sub)||19||7||2||9||2|
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