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Michael A Rae
Scott Moore for Steven McIntosh (64)
Gary Ross for Charlie Brown (75)
Gary Black for Shawn Scott (75)
Brian Macleod for Willie Barron (64)
Mo MacMillan for Gary Farquhar (77)
County take their points tally to seven with a draw at Mosset Park after an unimpressive match. Neither side created any really gilt-edged opportunities in a game that was littered with half chances and small openings.
Nairn were in full control of this match early on and created the first opening after seven minutes. Good work by Holmes saw him beat two defenders before laying the ball into the path of Nairn skipper for the day Ian Brooks but the big front man blasted his shot over the bar from just inside the box to the dismay of the travelling fans.
Two minutes later, Forres' Paul Bradshaw took too much time on the ball at the back and he was abruptly closed down and robbed of possesion by Willie Barron. The County forward played in Mark Holmes but he hit his shot over the crossbar from 18 yards.
The match then began to swing in favour of the hosts and they created their first chance when striker Charlie Brown sprung the Nairn offside trap before seeing his shot excellently saved with one hand by Nairn keeper Michael Rae. From the follow up a poor Neil Whyte effort was easily held by the County shotstopper.
Then, on the half hour mark, Nairn advanced forward for the first time since their exploits early on but Johnny Seaton saw his shot deflected just over the bar with the keeper wrong footed.
Seaton was then a saviour at the other end for the visitors when a header from towering centre half Paul Bradshaw was headed off of the goal line by the small midfield man. The follow up effort from former Nairn man Ryan Green was again headered clear from the line by Seaton.
Nairn almost caught their hosts for the day flat footed when a quick Brooks throw in found Farquhar. He took a touch into his stride in the penalty box but his shot from 10 yards out was parried by Forres keeper McRitchie.
The home side looked to take the second half by the scruff of the neck and almost opened the scoring through impressive striker Charlie Brown. He broke through, not for the first time in the match, but blazed his effort from just inside the box over Rae's bar.
It took Nairn until the hour mark to create their first chance of the half and it fell to that man Brooks again. His powerful effort from 25 yards was cleared away for a corner though.
Then a mix up between Nairn's Steven Edwards and Colin Macleod almost presented a goal on a plate for Charlie Brown but Rae stood his ground and again got the better of the striker in the one on one by saving his shot.
With a little under 15 minutes left for play Steven Edwards produced some rare entertainment in this match. He collected the ball three quarters of the way up the park and proceeded to drive at the Forres defence, beating two men before seeing McRitchie do well to save his powerful strike from 20 yards out.
Paul Bradshaw's imposing height was a thorn in the side of Nairn all day and he nearly scored what could've been a winning goal with 10 minutes remaining but Rae did well to tip his header over the bar.
Substitute Gary Ross then came close two minutes later but the former Nairn man's shot was deflected just wide of the post for a corner.
A long ball over the top of the Nairn defence from Bradshaw picked out substitute Michael Gibson but his volley was saved by Rae on 85 minutes.
County then went within inches of scoring the elusive goal when Johnny Seaton's shot that flashed across the face of the goal only needed a touch to divert it into the net but it only trickled through and out for a goal kick to the relief of the homesters defence.
Substitute Brian Macleod should've done better with his main contribution to the match, a shot from the edge of the area, but after doing well to find space he could only screw it past the upright.
After the criticism aimed at Ronnie Sharp's men, in particular the defence, Nairn needed to take something from this match and they did, albeit not all three points, but Forres are a tricky side whom many teams will find hard to break down this season so for County to maintain their impressive unbeaten run of recent season's against the Can Can's can only be good. To keep a cleansheet aswell is another positive for the team and hopefully with the return of skipper Dave Macdonald next week their will be many more to come.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||4||-||32||-|
|Mo MacMillan (sub)||-||4||-||23||-|
|Brian Macleod (sub)||22||7||-||9||1|
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