5 - 1
5 - 1
Martin Sanderson (27)
Martin MacDonald (47)
Martin MacDonald (58)
Willie Barron (75)
Johnny Seaton (84)
|Mark Dougall (16)|
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Tony Low for Brian Macleod (57)
Duncan Jones for David MacRae (67)
Steve Sanderson for Iain Brooks (79)
Donald Horsburgh for Stuart Pearce (46)
Kim N'Guyan for Stuart Tite (67)
Sean Ellis for Mark Sanderson (83)
Wayne Mackintosh (83)
||Stuart Tite (1)|
A pleasing end to the League campaign for Nairn County as they came from behind to record a high scoring victory over Fort William at Station Park.
Manager Les Fridge made two changes to the starting XI that was defeated at Rothes last week as both Tony Low and Scott Nicholl dropped down to the bench to see their places taken by Johnny Seaton and Brian Macleod.
The visitors took a shock lead as they broke the deadlock after 16 minutes through a Mark Dougall strike. But County hit back before half time as they equalised through Martin Sanderson to send the sides in level at the break. A brace from Martin MacDonald put County in the box seat before goals from Willie Barron and Seaton rounded off a good second half's work for the home side.
The home crowd were shocked 16 minutes in as winless Fort William opened the scoring. Mark Dougall collected a loose ball and managed to shake off the attentions of Nairn's John MacAskill before keeping his composure to slot the ball past John Campbell in the County goal.
The visitors almost doubled their advantage in the 23rd minute when Mark Sanderson tried his luck with a snap shot from the edge of the box but his effort flashed past Campbell's left hand post.
Nairn almost got back on level terms less than a minute later. Steven Edwards flighted in a deep cross from the right that was met by a free header from Martin Sanderson and the former Clach man should have done better with his effort that went wide of the post.
But County's goalscoring centre-half made amends in the 27th minute. Willie Barron played a short free-kick into the feet of Johnny Seaton who teed up David MacRae at the edge of the box. His low shot rattled the base of the post before falling at the feet of Sanderson who had the simple task of placing the ball into the unguarded net from a few yards out.
The hosts were a lick of paint away from taking the lead in the 33rd minute. Willie Barron's cross from the right was met by a typically powerful header from Iain Brooks but his effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar before being hacked to safety by the Fort defence.
A minute later, it was Wayne Mackintosh's turn to go close for County. His powerful header from 15-yards flashed just over the crossbar of Fort keeper Mark McRitchie's goal.
Mackintosh almost turned provider in the 37th minute as he picked out Barron with a corner from the right but the County winger's volley was held by McRitchie.
Young midfielder Mackintosh was again at the heart of things for County four minutes before the break. Brian Macleod swung in a cross from the right that the County engine room man met with a header that sailed over the bar.
Nairn made the best possible start to the second half as they edged in front for the first time in the game two minutes after the restart. Mackintosh swung a corner from the right that was met by a towering header from Martin MacDonald that beat McRitchie all ends up for his eighth goal of the season.
Mackintosh almost got his first goal for the club in the 55th minute. He unleashed a powerful drive from 25-yards but McRitchie was equal to it as the former Forres Mechanics goalkeeper held his shot.
MacDonald went close to doubling County's lead two minutes later as he was played through on goal by a neat pass from Brooks but the former Brora forward's shot from a tight angle went behind for a goal kick.
Nairn's third goal was only delayed three minutes though as MacDonald notched his second of the day on the hour mark. Mackintosh again whipped in the delivery from a corner and MacDonald again rose above the Fort defence to power a header into the net despite the attempted goal-line clearance of Mark Sanderson.
Mackintosh almost had his third assist of the day as he picked out substitute Tony Low with a cross-field pass but the former Clach winger's first time volley flashed just over the crossbar.
County killed off their valiant visitors with a fourth goal after 75 minutes. Brooks laid the ball into the path of the on-running Willie Barron who coolly placed it into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
It was five for the home side with six minutes left for play. Duncan Jones picked out MacDonald with a low pass but his shot was blocked by the legs of McRitchie into the path of Steven Sanderson. He squared it to Johnny Seaton who placed a cool, side-footed shot into the top left hand corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
A great way for Nairn to bounce back from the disappointment of last week's defeat at Rothes, a venue that they will return to next week on League Cup duty eager to progress to the Quarter Finals.
|John Campbell (GK)||26||12||-||12||-|
|Duncan Jones (sub)||21||25||5||25||5|
|Tony Low (sub)||22||28||4||28||4|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||24||25||5||86||29|
No league table has been added for this season.