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Gary Nicol (22)
Gary Nicol (36)
Willie Barron (34)
Scott Nicholl (63)
Jamie Lennox for Alan Fraser (57)
Alastair Ferrie for Barrie Stephen (73)
Cammy Keith for Gary Nicol (73)
John Mackay for Brian Macleod (50)
Steve Sanderson for Johnny Seaton (76)
Graham Lonie (43)
Johnathon Watt (69)
After twice going behind, Nairn County battled their way to a well deserved point against the Highland League's form team Keith at Kynoch Park.
Les Fridge had to do without a host of players as injuries and other commitments took a grip on his team. Tony Low and Scott Kellacher missed out through injury while Duncan Jones, Steven Edwards and Andrew Allan all had other commitments. Young midfielder Wayne Mackintosh came in for his second start of the season while Brian Macleod and Martin MacDonald were restored to the starting line-up. 16-year-old winger Callum McWilliam gained his first taste of life with the first-team as he was called up from the under-19's to take his place on the bench.
The home side broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute as Barrie Stephen's cross was hammered home by Gary Nicol but Nairn were level again after 34 minutes as Willie Barron raced in on goal before slotting home. Parity never lasted long though as Nicol was on hand to slot home a Wayne Mackay cross or his second goal of the day two minutes later. Nairn got the point they deserved though as Scott Nicholl cracked home a John Mackay cross at the back post after 65 minutes to level things again.
The visitors made the brighter start to the match and creating the first opening after 12 minutes. David MacRae broke free down the left wing and pulled the ball but to Iain Brooks but he fired his first time shot over the crossbar from 20-yards.
County had the ball in the net three minutes later when a great Wayne Mackintosh through ball was latched onto by Willie Barron who converted but his effort was ruled out for offside.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with their first shot on target of the game. Barrie Stephen whipped in an inviting ball from the left and Gary Nicol volleyed it home at the back post as the Nairn defence tried to claim for offside.
County were inches away from drawing level after 29 minutes as Mackintosh's corner from the right was met by a glancing header from Barron but the ball scraped the woodwork on its way past the post.
Nairn did get back on level terms five minutes later though as a Derek Nicol clearance on the halfway line was charged down by Barron. He beat the striker-cum-defender to the loose ball and raced towards goal before keeping his composure and slotting the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Andrew Shearer.
The home side were back in front in the 36th minute though. Wayne Mackay was given time and space wide on the left to deliver a deep cross to the back post where Nicol had got in front of his marker to divert the ball into the net.
The Maroons almost doubled their lead a minute after the restart. Mackay's free-kick into the box from the left caused a goalmouth scrambled thet resulted in Alan Fraser trying to flick the ball goalwards but Nairn goalkeeper Jim Calder held the Keith man's effort.
Mackintosh went close to grabbing his first competitive goal for the club in the 54th minute but his 22-yard, left-foot shot was parried to safety by Shearer.
Nairn were level nine minutes later though as substitute John Mackay fired in a deep cross from the left to the back post where Scott Nicholl was on hand the smash home his first goal for the club with a volley that went in via the post.
Either side could have snatched the victory towards the end as both went closing to scoring their third goal of the day. Nairn went close in the 79th minute when Steven Sanderson played Brooks in down the right but he could only blaze over the crossbar from the angle of the penalty box.
Only the woodwork kept Nairn on level terms six minutes from time as Neil Robertson was given room to let fly from 25-yards but his thunderous drive rattled Calder's left hand post before hacking away by Scott Nicholl.
County went straight up the park and almost nicked the win themselves as Barron broke free down the left and put a low ball across goal that had to be cleared over the crossbar from virtually on the goal-line by Graham Lonie.
A well-deserved point for Nairn who will be happy to have put the events of the past two games behind them by getting another point on the board despite the number of players missing. Kynoch Park is never an easy place to go to for any side and even more so just now with Keith's current form so this match has to be seen as being a point gained.
|Jim Calder (GK)
|John Mackay (sub)
|Steve Sanderson (sub)
No league table has been added for this season.