0 - 2
0 - 2
Conor Campbell (21)
Sam Mackay (78)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Willie Barron for Martin MacDonald (46)
Steven Edwards for Andrew Allan (46)
Steve Sanderson for Brian Macleod (73)
Muir Morton for Blair Duncan (65)
Sam Mackay for Conor Campbell (68)
John MacAskill (75)
Steve Sanderson (86)
County failed to build on last week's victory over Clach as they fell to Brora Rangers at Station Park on Saturday. Trailing by a goal at the interval, Nairn pushed numbers forward to try and get level but were hit by a sucker punch second goal 12 minutes from time.
Les Fridge kept faith with the same eleven that had served him so well in that win over Clach while Steven Edwards and Willie Barron returned to the bench with Scott Nicholl and illness bound Neal Sinclair dropping out.
Nairn went close after seven minutes as Tony Low's cross from the left was headed goalwards by David MacRae but Michael Gray was positioned well enough to hold the ball.
Brora's first chance arrived in the 14th minute when Shane Sutherland saw a 20-yard, curling shot skim the top of Jim Calder's crossbar on the way over.
The deadlock was broken in the 21st minute when Sutherland struck the foot of Calder's right hand post and Andrew Allan's clearance only went as far as Connor Campbell. He hammered home through a ruck of bodies and past the grounded Calder from the edge of the box to give the visitors the lead.
The hosts went close to drawing level 11 minutes later as Iain Brooks but the ball back from the right to MacRae but Gray saved his low shot.
In the 38th minute, MacRae laid off a free-kick to Duncan Jones who hammered a low shot across goal and just past the post from 20-yards.
Two minutes before the break, Allan reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Brora box to volley goalwards but Gray somehow denied him from point blank range.
Six minutes after the restart, half time substitute Steven Edwards squeezed his way towards goal and past two Brora men before playing MacRae in on goal but Gray again proved to be the hero for the visitors as he denied the former Inverness CT midfielder with his legs.
County thought that they'd equalised on the hour mark. MacRae swung in a right footed cross from the left that Johnny Seaton headed back across goal and into the net but the home side's joy was cut short by the linesman's flag.
Edwards was next to come close for the home side as he got his head on the end of a Jones corner but saw his effort land on top of the net.
Brora wrapped up the points in the 78th minute as substitute Sam Mackay drove past two Nairn players before hammering home a low shot from 15-yards leaving Calder with no chance.
A disappointing result for County after last week's performance and a far from ideal way to prepare for next week's cup clash with Buckie in which the side will have to improve on this display to be successful.
After the match, Nairn boss Les Fridge had this to say: "I think we just expected it to happen and we would just have to turn up on the back of last Saturday. We started with the same starting eleven that started the game last week against Clach and we looked like two totally different teams. In fairness to them, they set out their stall but the first goal was a terrible one for us to lose. It gave them the initiative a wee bit but I can't recall Jimmy even touching the ball but that's just the way it is. "
"They got the second goal when we were changing things about and going for it a wee bit but take nothing away from them, their a young side and they run all day but I think if we had got a goal it would have been a different kettle of fish even if it was an equaliser and we had enough chances, especially in the second half. I think we totally dominated the second half to be honest and they're just getting everyone behind the ball and booting it up front to nobody. "
"These are things we'll have to deal with and the disappointing thing is off the back of last week we've been telling them all week at training that if they don't approach this right then we could have problems and that's exactly what's happened. It very much had the air of a pre-season game if I'm being honest. I can't put my finger on it at all, we've worked hard in training and our preparation has been all the same and I can't legislate for that. We just went out there and looked like a totally different team and we got what we deserved."
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||4||-||33||-|
|Steven Edwards (sub)||24||2||-||62||2|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||24||3||1||64||25|
|Willie Barron (sub)||24||2||-||90||27|
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