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Michael Stephen (1)
Michael Stephen (51)
Michael Stephen (pen.) (58)
Ian Murray (67)
Michael Stephen (75)
Michael Stephen (90)
Scott Kellacher (38)
David MacRae (88)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Johnny Seaton for Brian Macleod (60)
Steve Sanderson for Iain Brooks (83)
County suffer their second away defeat on the trot as they crash at the home of Fraserburgh, who will, ironically, be at Station Park on Qualifying Cup duty next week.
Gaffer Les Fridge kept faith with the same starting XI that earned the first win of the season last week by putting six past Wick at home last week. Neal Sinclair missed out though and his place on the bench was taken by Gavin Chisholm.
Nairn got off to the worst possible start as the home side broke the deadlock in the first minute of the match. A quick throw-in caught the County defence napping and allowed Michael Stephen to be played in and the current Highland League Player of the year made no mistake as he smashed a low shot past Michael Rae from 12-yards.
It was nearly two for the hosts in the third minute as Stephen was again played in on goal but this time he shot across goal and wide of the post from the left edge of the area.
County then conjured their first opportunity of the encounter as a right-footed cross from Kellacher on the left was met by the head of Iain Brooks but he saw his effort from 10-yards tipped over the bar by the host's keeper, Billy Gordon.
Nairn should've been level in the 14th minute of the match when a Brooks flick on played in Kellacher, who'd sprung the home side's offside trap, but the hat-trick hero of last week could only fire his effort straight at Gordon from 15-yards.
A slack pass out by Rae handed the Broch a golden opportunity to double their advantage but Stephen squandered the chance as his angled shot was saved by the Nairn shotstopper, atoning for his error.
Stephen was again at the heart Fraserburgh's attack as he had time and space to control the ball in the box before getting turned and hammering a shot goalwards that Rae did exceptionally well to parry from point blank range.
Nairn were coming more and more into the match though and it was no surprise when they levelled things seven minutes before the break. A pass from David MacRae in the middle of the park sent Iain Brooks racing down the left wing and his low cross was met by a smashing volley from Scott Kellacher on the edge of the area leaving Gordon with no chance before almost bursting the net.
But County just managed to cling on until the break as Ian Murray passed up the chance to put the hosts back in front on the stroke of the half-time whistle after being played through by Steven Main.
Three minutes into the second forty-five and the home side would've re-claimed the lead if it hadn't been for Garry Ewing clearing a Russell McBride header from the goal-line.
But on 51 minutes Fraserburgh did grab their second of the match as a quick free kick set Gavin Wemyss free down the right-hand-side. He sent in a inch perfect cross that Stephen met with a glancing header 10-yards from goal leaving Rae with no chance.
The home side continued to push forward and when McBride intelligently headed the ball for Steven Main it looked as if it would be three but Main could only head his effort off of the Nairn crossbar.
The match was over as a contest though, two minutes before the hour mark as the home side grabbed the killer third goal. Brian Macleod was harshly judged to have handled the ball when jumping to contest a header in the box and Michael Stephen netted the resultant penalty to complete his hat-trick.
Nairn continued plugging away though and Willie Barron went close with a curling effort from the edge of the area that went just over the bar on 63 minutes.
Two minutes later and again Nairn created a chance when Kellacher teed up MacRae whose low shot from 20-yards had to be tipped round the post by Gordon.
The Broch made it four in the 67th minute when Wemyss surged down the right before sending in a cross that evaded the County defence before falling for Ian Murray at the back post who had the easy job of tapping into the net.
Brooks then went close for County when he was played in by a throughball from Johnny Seaton but the bustling forward's stab under Gordon trickled past the wrong side of the upright.
Stephen then sprung the Nairn offside trap with 15 minutes left for play and cracked a powerful shot from the edge of the box flew past Rae and into the net to give the home side their fifth goal of the day.
Gary Farquhar nearly clawed one back for County a minute later when his low shot from the edge of the box through a crowded penalty area was tipped away by Gordon.
Nairn did get a further goal with two minutes left for play when Gary Farquhar played a through ball into the stride of David MacRae who calmly rounded Billy Gordon before slotting into the empty net to pull one back for the visitors.
The scoring wasn't finished yet though as Stephen snatched his fifth of the day when he looped a shot from the edge of the area over Rae and into the net thanks to the aid of a deflection.
County will have to pick themselves up before next week's return match in the Qualifying Cup at Station Park.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||3||-||59||-|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||23||3||-||52||20|
|Johnny Seaton (sub)||-||3||-||43||1|
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