6 - 0
6 - 0
Scott Kellacher (21)
Scott Kellacher (22)
Willie Barron (58)
David MacRae (75)
Colin Davidson (o.g.) (82)
Scott Kellacher (pen.) (86)
Steve Sanderson for Iain Brooks (75)
Johnny Seaton for Garry Ewing (77)
Nairn County gained their first league win under Les Fridge's stewardship after a fine display at Station Park as Wick Academy were hit for six.
The Nairn boss made four changes to the side that fell at Fort William last week as local boys Garry Ewing and Willie Barron, who missed out last week through holidays and work committments respectively, were handed starting berths with Gary Farquhar and Colin Macleod were promoted from the bench. Missing out were the unavailable Steven Edwards while Mark Smith, Neal Sinclair and Steve Sanderson dropped down to the bench.
The visitors went close to opening the scoring twice in the opening ten minutes but both efforts sailed over the crossbar.
Scott Kellacher registered Nairn's first chance of note when he drove down the left before firing a low shot at goal that was well held by Wick shotstopper Don MacMillan in the 17th minute.
It was a different outcome four minutes later though as Kellacher broke the deadlock when, after being fed by a David Macrae through ball from the edge of the box, he slammed home past MacMillan from 15 yards.
It was two only a matter of seconds again when a high ball into the box by John MacAskill was well controlled by Kellacher before he fired a shot low and hard past MacMillan.
The County striker went in search of his third as he cracked a low shot from the edge of the box that took a wicked bounce in front of MacMillan before being gathered by the Wick keeper.
Iain Brooks almost made it three as he was played in by a pinpoint pass from Macrae before rounding the keeper and shooting into the side netting in the 36th minute.
The visitors had a chance to get back into things three minutes before the break when a high free kick was headed goalwards by the unmarked Ross Sutherland only to sail over the bar.
Brooks then had a header palmed away by MacMillan at the other end before Kellacher saw his follow up effort block on the goal-line in the final minute of the half.
Willie Barron's low shot from the left edge of the area almost made it three in the opening minutes of the second forty-five but he tugged his effort past the post.
The visitors were then inches away from getting back into things as Mark Makhouli prodded a shot under Michael Rae only to see it hacked from the goal-line by an athletic clearance from Lewis MacKinnon.
Iain Brooks again went close for County in the 56th minute as he headed goalwards an outswinging Farquhar free-kick from the left only to see it flash over the bar.
Makhouli again tested Rae with a low from the edge of the box that was held by the Nairn shotstopper before County broke and made it three. Willie Barron collected the ball at the halfway line on the left wing before embarking on a tremendous solo run and cutting in to stab a low shot under MacMillan and into the net two minutes after the hour mark.
Brooks then tried his luck with a low shot across goal only to drag the effort just past the post.
It was four with 15 minutes left for play as Willie Barron turned provided. He surged down the left again before squaring the ball for the onrunning David Macrae to side foot home his first goal for Nairn from 15 yards.
Barron went close to notching his second of the match when he powered across the edge of the penalty area before swerving a shot goalwards that MacMillan did well to tip over.
County then grabbed their fifth goal of the game after 82 minutes when a tempting Johnny Seaotn cross from the right was turned in at the front post by unfortunate Wick substitute Colin Davidson.
The hosts rounded off the scoring with four minutes left on the clock when sub Steve Sanderson was hauled over just inside the area resulting in a penalty that provided Scott Kellacher with the opportunity to complete his hat-trick and the ex-Celtic forward made to mistake from 12 yards.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||2||-||58||-|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||23||2||-||51||20|
|Johnny Seaton (sub)||-||2||-||42||1|
No league table has been added for this season.