0 - 5
0 - 5
Charlie Rowley (10)
Charlie Rowley (33)
Michael Morrison (59)
Charlie Rowley (62)
Scott Matheson (78)
Colin MacLeod for Scott Nicholl (64)
Johnny Seaton for Brian Macleod (64)
Neal Sinclair for David MacRae (79)
Gordon Connelly for Andy Matheson (78)
Chris Hardie for Charlie Brown (78)
Ryan Green for Charlie Rowley (83)
Les Fridge's Nairn County side failed to get out of first gear as they were comprehensively defeated by local rivals Forres Mechanics at Station Park.
The gaffer made two changes to the side that severely dented Inverurie Locos' titel aspirations a fortnight ago and anything like a repeat performance today would've put the side in with a good chance of taking something from the game. top-scorer Scott Kellacher was immediately re-installed to the starting XI after returning from the flu as did Steven Edwards, who has been suspended for the last three matches. Missing out were the unavailable Andrew Allan while Neal Sinclair dropped down to the bench.
The visiting side broke the deadlock after 10 minutes when Nairn's Martin Sanderson, in an attempt to clear the ball for a corner, headed off of the underside of his own crossbar before seeing the ball break to Charlie Rowley who was on hand to nod the Can Cans into the lead.
It loked like it would be two for Forres four minutes later when Jim Calder got caught in no mans land to the left of his penalty area and the ball was crossed into the box to Charlie Brown but Sanderson was on hand to hack the ex-Highland League Player of the Year's shot from the goal-line.
There was controversy in the 28th minute when it looked as if the home side had drawn level. The on-loan Lewis MacKinnon chipped the ball over the Forres defence to his ex-Caley Thistle team-mate David MacRae. He then picked out Scott Kellacher in the box but the County striker's shot was blocked by Mechanics keeper Ally MacKenzie before MacRae slammed home the rebound only for the home side's celebrations to be cut short by the linesmans flag to the dismay of the home support and manager Les Fridge who remonstrated with the official.
Scott Moore was then denied by Calder from 25-yards in the 32nd minute but this only denied Forres' second goal by a matter of 60 seconds. A through-ball from Gary Black caught County's Steven Edwards sleeping which allowed Charlie Rowley to race clear on goal and the ex-Buckie Thistle striker kept his cool to place the ball beyond Calder and into the net.
Nairn's second half displays have been something to savour in recent weeks and with this in mind the home support remained hopeful after the break. And it looked as if another fine post half time performance was on the cards again when, after a spell of sustained County pressure, Scott Kellacher slipped the ball through for David MacRae before the ex-Caley Thistle midfielder fired in a low shot from 18-yards that MacKenzie managed to turn over the bar.
But with their first foray into the Nairn half after the restart, the visitors effectively killed off the contest as Michael Morrison rifled home a powerful 25-yard free-kick that Calder couldn't keep out in spite of getting a hand to it after 59 minutes.
It was four for Mechanics three minutes later when Charlie Brown raced goalwards before rounding Jim Calder and squaring the ball to Charlie Rowley presenting him with the easiest of finishes to complete his hat-trick.
The grim viewing for the home fans continued as the Can Cans added a fifth with in the 78th minute. Ex-Rangers youth Scott Matheson made a surging run forward from midfield before remaining composed in front of goal to place to ball beyond Calder into the Nairn keeper's bottom left hand corner.
A minute later Nairn's luck was epitomised as Scott Kellacher clipped the ball goalwards and over the advancing MacKenzie only to see it come back out off of the inside of the right hand post and being cleared to safety by the Forres defence.
If this was'nt bad enough for the hosts, they had another goal chalked off in the 83rd minute. Scott Kellacher drilled in a low cross from the right that subsitute Johnny Seaton bundled over the line only for the linesman's flag to deny the experienced midfielder his fourth goal of the campaign.
Les Fridge will no doubt be disappointed with the manner in which his side were defeated in such an important derby match as the hosts appeared not to be at the races all afternoon. The gaffer will have to pick his troops up and have them back on good form ahead of next week's trip to Deveronvale as they again attempt to by a thorn in the side of a title challenging team.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||21||-||21||-|
|Neal Sinclair (sub)||-||11||1||78||4|
|Colin MacLeod (sub)||30||21||-||77||-|
|Johnny Seaton (sub)||-||22||3||62||4|
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