5 - 0
5 - 0
David MacRae (33)
Iain Brooks (34)
David MacRae (40)
David MacRae (pen.) (45)
Scott Kellacher (48)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Neal Sinclair for Willie Barron (63)
Gordon Haines for Colin MacLeod (70)
Peter Lynch for Scott Nicholl (78)
|Garry Perks for Shane Sutherland (53)|
Nairn County bounced back from defeat to Cove Rangers in their last League fixture three weeks ago as they recorded a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Brora Rangers at Station Park to o the double over the Cattachs following their 4-1 win at Dudgeon Park in October.
County gaffer Les Fridge a solitary change to the team that were defeated in their last match as the suspended John MacAskill was replaced by on-loan defender Lewis MacKinnon.
The home side started brightly and should really have taken the lead after only three minutes as Scott Nicholl launched a free-kick into the box from the half-way line that David MacRae volleyed wide when well positioned but the recently signed midfielder was to more than make amends later on in the proceedings.
Nairn went close again in the sixth minute as Scott Kellacher broke free down the left and his cross was headed goalwards by Iain Brooks but the alert Michael Rae made the save on his return to Station Park following his summer transfer north.
Brora conjured up their first chance of the half when Iain Innes' 10th minute free-kick from 20-yards was palmed around the post by Jim Calder.
County made their dominance pay three minutes after the half-hour mark as Scott Nicholl raced down the right wing and delivered a pinpoint cross for David MacRae to meet with a front-post header leaving Rae with no chance to put the home side in front.
It was two for Nairn barely 60 seconds later as Iain Brooks latched onto a long Brian Macleod ball forward before remaining composed to drill home from 10-yards.
MacRae then snatched his second of the afternoon, five minutes before the break as Willie Barron made a great run down the left before cutting the ball back upon reaching the bye-line leaving ex-Caley Thistle midfielder MacRae with a simple front post tap-in from which he made no mistake.
County then completed a sensational end to the half as they grabbed their fourth goal in 13 minutes on the stroke half-time. Scott Kellacher was bundled over inside the box by ex-Clach defender Jordan Macdonald leaving David MacRae to stroke home the resulting penalty to complete his first-haf hat-trick, his second treble for the club.
The home side picked up where they finished the opening forty-five as they went nap three minutes after the restart. Scott Kellacher controlled a long-ball forward before squeezing his way past two defenders and drilling a powerful low shot past the helpless Rae for his 17th goal of the season.
Five minutes before the hour-mark, Nairn were again on the attack as Willie Barron galloped towards goal before seeing Rae push his angled drive round the front post for a corner.
Fridge then brought on Neal Sinclair giving him his first taste of action since October and it was from his cross that Brooks nearly added a sixth but he sent his header past the post.
The visitors had the last chance of note when an intelligent flick from Iain Innes put Niall Calder through on goal but he saw his powerful show diverted over the crossbar by Calder who knew little or nothing about the save.
An important victory for County in a match that was potentially a banana skin and to win so convincingly while also keeping a clean sheet will be pleasing for Les Fridge. Next week's trip to Rothes is a match along similar lines to this and hopefully the side can go on and collect another vital three points.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||19||-||19||-|
|Peter Lynch (sub)||-||11||-||11||-|
|Neal Sinclair (sub)||-||9||1||76||4|
|Gordon Haines (sub)||17||1||-||2||-|
No league table has been added for this season.