3 - 0
Colin Macleod (o.g.) (47)
Colin Mitchell (60)
Iain Polworth (90)
Michael A Rae
Brian Macleod for Gary Farquhar (62)
Steve Sanderson for Robbie Duncanson (71)
Nairn slump to their second straight defeat after being beaten 3-0 away at Clach. Unlike the last time County played at Grant Street Park, there was no joyous scenes among the Nairn players and support after a 6-0 win. This time it was dismayed faces and thoughts of what might have been if Nairn hadn't passed up early chances.
The silver lining in this cloud for County was the return to the side of skipper David Macdonald after an injury lay off. He was back in his usual sweeper role and was commanding the backline as ever but it wasn't enough to stop the team being condemned to a defeat.
Keeper Michael A. Rae was called into action early on when he had to be sharp to divert a Davie Ross shot round the post.
From the resulting corner Macdonald made his first contribution of his return by clearing the ball off of the line from that man Ross again.
Nairn had their first proper chance of this fiercely contested derby encounter when Brooks' header flashed past the upright on 15 minutes.
Brooks again had a brilliant chance for Nairn later on in the half. He controlled a high ball into the box from the left on his chest on the left edge of the box before unleashing a volley that blazed over the bar.
Than a few minutes from the interval Johnny Seaton nearly opened his account for the Club when a corner from the left came all the way through to him and his right footed volley was palmed away to safety by Clach keeper Martin Rae, brother of County shotstopper Michael.
Only minutes into the second half and County's ever growing confidence was shattered when Clach took the lead. A cross in by Brennan from the right was unfortunately diverted into the net by Nairn defender Colin Macleod who had to do something with Ian Polworth lurking at the back post.
This was a severe blow as several incidents of shakey defending and communication mix ups in the Nairn backline followed.
Clach made it two on the hour mark when Paul McDonald's slip relinquished possession to Clach's David Ross. He played it across the box to Colin Mitchell who lashed the ball goalward via a deflection from Mike Sanderson, formely of Nairn.
A third Clach goal always looked on the cards and it finally arrived in injury time to kill off battling County. Bustling target man David Ross headed the ball down to fellow veteran Polworth who prodded the ball over the line from six yards.
Despite throwing on Steve Sanderson and Brian Macleod in a bid to freshen things up, Nairn rarely threatened the home teams goal in the second 45 despite things looking potentially good at the interval.
A good time to be a Clach fan these days with some quality players being added in key positions in the summer, they seem to have the right blend of youth and experience to that a side needs and have obviously improved since Nairn hammered them 6-0 in January.
As for Nairn, the light at the end of the tunnel still appears to be a mere spot in the distance with the injury list showing no signs of decreasing any time soon.
|Michael A Rae (GK)||-||4||-||4||-|
|Brian Macleod (sub)||22||5||-||7||1|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||22||4||1||32||20|
No league table has been added for this season.