1 - 4
1 - 4
John MacAskill (73)
Richard Craig (7)
Richard Craig (11)
Russell Guild (56)
Darren Shallicker (65)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Andrew Allan for Steve Sanderson (46)
Brian Macleod for John Mackay (46)
Darren Shallicker for Levi Stephen (46)
Jerry O'Driscoll for Richie Craig (63)
Richie Taylor for Russell Guild (77)
|None.||Richie Craig (41)|
A slow start from Nairn County sealed their fate in this match as champions Huntly raced into a two-goal lead in the opening 10 minutes. Les Fridge's troops rallied and put up a fight later on in the game but they didn't have enough in their locker to peg back the Christie Park side who recorded a crucial three points in their defence of the title.
The boss made three changes from the side that lost at Lossiemouth last week. Tony Low and Iain Brooks were forced out through injury while Brain Macleod was only deemed fit enough to take a place on the bench. Scott Nicholl came in from the wilderness to make his first appearance since a leg break while John Mackay and Johnny Seaton were promoted from the bench.
Huntly were two-goals to the good after only 11 minutes as two clinical strikes from Rochard Craig put Nairn on the back foot. It stayed this way until after the break when Russell Guild made it three for the visitors after a rousing start to the half by County. Subsitute Darren Shallicker added a fourth for Huntly before John MacAskill grabbed a consolation for Nairn with his first goal for the club.
Huntly raced out of the blocks and went close to opening the scoring in only the sixth minute of play. Guild was put through on goal by a Mark Gray pass but the Huntly skipper blasted his shot over the crossbar from 20-yards.
The opening goal was just around the corner though as the visitors got their noses in front less than 60 seconds later. Matthew Gairns capitalised on a slack pass out of the Nairn defence and sent Richard Craig through on goal. He kept his composure to wrong foot Jim Calder and stroke the ball into the net.
This lead was doubled only four minutes later and again it was Craig who found the net. He was sent in on goal by a cute throughball by Gray, and this time he opted to blast the ball past Calder to put the champions firmly in control of the match.
The next shot at goal came on the half-hour mark as Guild found himself with the ball in space some 25-yards from goal. He opted to fire in a low shot that took a deflection off of Nairn sweeper Scott Kellacher, almost sending the ball past Calder but the Nairn keeper managed to react quick enough to make the save.
Nairn's first shot at goal of the match came two minutes before the break. Willie Barron latched onto a short header back to goalkeeper Gorski by Alan Redford but the keeper stood his ground as he denied the County front man with a block.
County came out for the second half with Les Fridge's words ringing in their ears as they attacked at every opportunity in an attempt to get back into the game.
They went close to halving the deficit only three minutes after the restart as Duncan Jones' cross from the right was headed back across goal by David MacRae at the back post but Gorski got down well to his left to make the save before Redford deflected Barron's follow up wide of the post at the expense of a corner.
From the resulting flagkick, Duncan Jones almost found the net after Scott Kellacher's delivery was cleared to the former Aberdeen man. He let fly from 25-yards but his shot took a slight deflection sending it just wide of the left hand post.
Huntly all but sealed the win though in the 56th minute as they added a third goal against the run of play. Simon Scott hit the by-line down the left and cut the ball back to the unmarked Guild at the edge of the box and smashed home a first time shot.
The visitors extended their lead nine minutes later as Nairn failed to clear a corner from the left and the ball broke kindly to substitute Darren Shallicker. The former Lossiemouth man wasted home time as he lashed past Calder from close range.
Nairn restored some pride after 73 minutes though as they pulled a goal back. Duncan Jones drove through the heart of the Huntly defence and played in John MacAskill, who had careered forward from right-back. the former Ross County man got his just rewards as he lifted the ball over Gorski and hammered it into the net to score his first goal for the club.
The visitors almost grabbed their fifth goal of the game in the 79th minute as Garry McGowan tried his luck from 25-yards but Calder was equal to it as he held the former Inverness CT youngster's shot.
Nairn went close to pulling another goal back in the 87th minute as Andrew Allan got on the end of Scott Nicholl's cross from the right but his effort was hacked clear from the goal-line by the Huntly defence.
MacAskill almost had a second goal to his name less than a minute later but his low shot was parried by Gorski and Andrew Allan's extended leg just missed out on connecting with the rebound.
A disappointing result for Nairn as they looked to bounce back from last week's defeat at Lossiemouth. They will be looking to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible with a tricky run of games coming up as they look to climb back up the Highland League table.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||21||-||50||-|
|Andrew Allan (sub)||-||12||-||18||-|
|Brian Macleod (sub)||24||24||1||83||6|
No league table has been added for this season.