5 - 3
5 - 3
Steve Sanderson (3)
Johnny Seaton (38)
Scott Kellacher (39)
Willie Barron (65)
Johnny Seaton (90)
Steven Ellis (9)
Shawn Scott (42)
Darren Shallicker (pen.) (70)
Gary Farquhar for David MacRae (64)
Peter Lynch for Steve Sanderson (70)
|Stephen McIntosh for Paul Caulfield (72)|
Nairn got their second three points of the season thanks to recording a crucial home League win over Lossiemouth at Station Park in a eight-goal thriller.
Gaffer Les Fridge had to make two enforced changes to the side that comfortably defeated the Coasters only 11 days ago as Lewis MacKinnon and John MacAskill missed out through injury. Their places in the starting XI were taken by Gareth Smith, making his first start of the season, and Steve Sanderson who were both promoted from the subs bench to see their places amongst the substitutes taken by Gavin Chisholm and Neal Sinclair.
Nairn started the brightest of the two sides and were on the attack from the off when WIllie Barron made a positive run down the left channel beating several defenders before firing in a shot that was blocked by Lossie shotstopper Steven Dunn. The ball then found it's way to Scott Kellacher whose thunderous effort from the edge of the box crashed off of the underside of the crossbar before being headed in by Steve Sanderson after only three minutes to justify the faith shown in him by the manager.
Lossie were back on level terms six minutes later though when Darren Shallicker squared the ball to Steven Ellis who kept his composure to tap past Jim Calder from 10-yards.
The Coasters then went close to taking the lead when a corner from the left was headed goalwards by Shallicker but the effort looped just over the top after 23 minutes.
Nairn responded a minute later by coming close themselves. Kellacher cut the ball back to the onrunning Johnny Seaton and his rasping shot from 20-yards was excellently palmed over the top by Dunn.
Lossiemouth carved out another opening on the half-hour mark when Steven Sim's curling effort from 15-yards flashed just past the post.
But Nairn stamped their authority on proceedings with two goals in as many minutes. Firstly, David MacRae headed a wicked Garry Ewing free-kick from the left towards goal only to see the effort clawed away by Dunn into the path of the Johnny Seaton who headed into the net from a few yards out after 38 minutes. Then, barely 60 seconds later, Willie Barron teed up the on-form Scott Kellacher and he drilled home his nineth goal in eight matches so far this season.
Lossiemouth dragged themselves back into the reckoning with a goal three minutes short of the interval. Shawn Scott stepped inside his marker on the left before slotting past Calder to give the visitors a real chance.
Willie Barron almost caught out Dunn with an audacious chip in the 57th minute from an acute angle on the left but the back-tracking keeper did well to tip the shot over the bar.
From the resulting corner, Iain Brooks went close to scoring his first League goal of the season but his header flew just over the top.
Nairn should've regained their two goal advantage a minute before the hour when Barron capitalised on a poor clearance to collect the ball before racing towards goal and pulling a shot just past the post.
But the Nairn forward atoned for this miss six minutes later when he grabbed Nairn's fourth of the day. Kellacher's low free kick was blocked by Dunn but it was Barron who reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball and keep his composure to tap into the net.
Lossiemouth grabbed a lifeline though with 20 minutes left for play. Former Highland League Player of the Year Shawn Scott was brought tumbling down in the box by a challenge from Gareth Smith and Darren Shallicker took on the responsibilty to slam home the spot-kick to reduce the deficit.
The home side had Jim Calder to thank for still being in front when Stephen McIntosh's cross from the right was met by a towering header from Shallicker but the veteran custodian did exceptionally well to tip the effort over the bar at the expense of a corner.
County wrapped things up with a goal in the final minute when Garry Ewing's low cross from the left was diverted goalwards by Kellacher only for Dunn to palm into away straight to the head of Johnny Seaton who nodded home his second of the day.
Three badly needed, confidence boosting points for Nairn and they now travel to Brora on League duty before hosting Rothes, two games from which they will look to take full points from before the big North of Scotland Cup semi-final tussle with old rivals Clach.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||4||-||4||-|
|Peter Lynch (sub)||-||4||-||4||-|
|Gary Farquhar (sub)||-||7||-||80||30|
No league table has been added for this season.