5 - 2
5 - 2
Iain Brooks (9)
Willie Barron (27)
Iain Brooks (36)
Tony Low (54)
Willie Barron (59)
Mark Nichol (71)
Graeme Reid (78)
Steve Sanderson for Johnny Seaton (60)
Martin MacDonald for Martin Sanderson (69)
Mark Nichol for Gary Farquhar (46)
Gary Weir for Jamie Mackenzie (69)
Gavin Henderson for Andrew Macleod (69)
Tony Low (67)
John MacAskill (89)
Shaun Sinclair (29)
Gary Weir (84)
Eric Robertson (Referee)
A five-goal salvo in under an hour was enough to hand Nairn County the points at Station Park against a Wick side who were coming into this one off the back of a three match winning run.
Nairn manager Les Fridge had the luxury of naming the same starting eleven that was victorious in the North of Scotland Cup final two weeks ago but had to make two amendments to the substitutes. John Mackay took the place of injury victim Scott Nicholl while young goalkeeper Stewart McInnes gained his first taste of life with the first team as he replaced the unavailable John Campbell.
The home side raced into a three-goal lead before the break thanks to a double from Iain Brooks and a solitary strike from Willie Barron. Tony Low added a fourth and Barron got his second of the day in the first 14 minutes of the second half to put County on easy street. But Nairn made heavy weather of it towards the end leaking two goals in the last 20 minutes of play.
The hosts were first to threaten when Iain Brooks won a head flick in the seventh minute that sent Johnny Seaton through on goal. He opted to take the shot early and sent his effort into the welcoming arms of Wick goalkeeper Don MacMillan.
At the other end, the visitors first attempt came a minute later. Nigel Mackenzie tried his luck with a first time shot from 20-yards that Jim Calder did well to hold.
The opening goal arrived after nine minutes though as County got their noses in front. Scott Kellacher launched a high free-kick forward from just inside the Nairn half that hung perfectly in the air for Brooks to meet with a powerful header that went across MacMillan and sneaked into the corner of the net.
The home side thought that they should have had a penalty in the 25th minute when they tried the same move that paid dividends with the first goal. Again it was Kellacher playing the free-kick towards the head of Brooks in the box and the County forward failed to connect due to Wick defender Andrew Macleod's infringement but referee Eric Robertson waved play on.
It wasn't to matter though as County doubled their lead two minutes later. Willie Barron latched onto a throughball by Johnny Seaton before taking a touch to compose himself and lashing home a right-footed effort from 10-yards.
Nine minutes later the home side had their third of the day. The hard working Brooks bust a gut to keep a long ball in on the right and he got his just rewards as he knocked it past the last defender before hammering home with the outside of his right foot from 15-yards.
Indeed it could have been four for Nairn before the interval as they were in complete control of proceedings and went close to notching another goal three minutes short of the break. Seaton laid the ball off to the onrushing Brian Macleod but his first time effort flashed just over MacMillan's crossbar.
Wick almost pulled one back in the 44th minute when David Cowie broke free down the right. His shot from 22-yards went just over the bar though.
County came out in the second half and continued to stamp their authority on the proceedings. They opened up a four goal lead nine minutes into the half as Willie Barron swung in a free-kick from the right that was volleyed home by Tony Low at the back post for his first goal for the club.
Nairn went nap in the 59th minute as Barron snatched his second of the day. Duncan Jones whipped in a corner from the left that was headed goalwards by Low and diverted past MacMillan by Barron.
Wick went close to pulling one back six minutes later as Nigel Mackenzie curled a shot from 22-yards just over the crossbar.
The visitors did get one back though in the 71st minute. Substitute Mark Nichol controlled a high ball into the box and proceeded to smash it home past Calder to give Wick a consolation strike.
The Scorries almost pulled a second back seven minutes later when Martin Gunn's powerful drive from 20-yards was excellently tipped over the bar by Jim Calder.
From the resulting corner though, the ball was in the back of the Nairn net for a second time. David Cowie's flagkick caused all sort of bother in and around the Nairn goal and after Gary Manson had two shots blocked, the ball broke kindly to Graeme Reid who streered it over the line.
County almost grabbed their sixth of the day eight minutes from time. A Barron free-kick from the right was headed clear but only as far as Tony Low whose powerful, first time drive from 25-yards flew just past MacMillan's left hand post.
All in all a successful day at the office for Nairn as they picked up where they left off a fortnight ago. The complacency that kicked in at 5-0 will be manager Les Fridge's only gripe but apart from that a solid and entertaining all-round performance from County.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||12||-||41||-|
|Martin MacDonald (sub)||23||17||5||17||5|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||24||14||3||75||27|
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