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|Mark Nichol (18)||
Willie Barron (29)
Steve Sanderson (78)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Martin Gunn for Paul McCallum (65)
Gary Manson for Gary Weir (77)
Shaun Sinclair for Gary Farquhar (78)
Andrew Allan for Duncan Jones (67)
Steve Sanderson for Johnny Seaton (77)
Martin MacDonald for Iain Brooks (87)
Paul McCallum (62)
Craig Shearer (64)
Iain Brooks (84)
A second half strike from substitute Steven Sanderson won this game for Nairn as they came from behind to secure their second 2-1 victory this week.
Hosts Wick Academy opened the scoring through Mark Nichol but County equalised through Willie Barron to send the two sides in level at the break. Sanderson rose from the bench to fire Nairn in front 12 minutes from time with his first touch of the ball to grab another vital three points for Les Fridge's side.
The manager named the same starting XI that won at Brora on Tuesday and also selected the same five substitutes for the third match in a row.
The home side had the first chance of the match five minutes in and from it they almost broke the deadlock. Young striker Gary Weir intercepted a misplaced Duncan Jones pass and drove towards goal before firing in a low shot from the edge of the box that was held at the second attempt by Nairn goalkeeper Jim Calder.
The hosts went in front with their next attack though. Weir broke free down the right in the 18th minute and his cross found its way to the back post where Mark Nichol was able to scramble the ball over the line to score his second goal against Nairn this season.
County were the width of the post away from drawing level in the 27th minute. Tony Low scampered down the left wing and cut the ball back to Johnny Seaton upon hitting the by-line but the ex-Clach man was denied his first goal of the season as he side-footed the ball against the outside of the front post.
But two minutes later parity was restored as Jones broke free down the right for Nairn and whipped in a deep cross to the back post where Willie Barron was on hand to header the ball into the ground and over the despairing dive of the hosts' goalkeeper Don MacMillan.
The home side went close to re-establishing their lead five minutes into the second half as Craig Shearer's cross from the left was met by a free header from Nichol but his powerful effort was held by Calder as the Wick striker was denied his second goal of the day.
County passed up a golden opportunity to take the lead for the first time in the game as Jones' 63rd minute through ball was latched onto by Iain Brooks but he was denied by MacMillan as the Wick shotstopper got down to his left to block the Nairn forward's 10-yard shot at the expense of a corner.
Nairn again went close in the 70th minute as Low hared past Murray Coghill and Gavin Henderson down the left and delivered a Low cross that was stepped over by Seaton at the front post and left for Barron but the Nairn goalscorer's shot was deflected just past the left hand post.
The visitors got their noses in front for the first time in the game eight minutes later though as substitute Sanderson netted with his first touch of the ball. He latched onto a loose clearance from the Wick defence and lashed a low shot from the edge of the box into the bottom left hand corner of the net to put County ahead.
Wick mounted a late calvary charge in a bid to snatch something from the game and County had goalkeeper Calder to thank for keeping them in front deep into injury time. The ball broke to Shearer in the box but his snap shot was brilliantly kept out thanks to a flying save from the veteran custodian keeping Nairn in front and ensuring that they made the long journey home with all three points in the bag.
Another hard fought victory for Les Fridge's side in a match played in cold and windy conditions but a welcome three points all the same as the side gear up to take on title challengers Inverurie Locos at Station Park next weekend.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||18||-||47||-|
|Martin MacDonald (sub)||23||21||5||21||5|
|Andrew Allan (sub)||-||10||-||16||-|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||24||17||5||78||29|
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