4 - 0
4 - 0
Duncan Jones (8)
Mike Sanderson (35)
Darren Shallicker (65)
Tony Low (90)
Scott Nicholl for Brian Macleod (18)
Martin MacDonald for Darren Shallicker (75)
Wayne Mackintosh for Neil MacDonald (81)
Allan for Munro (60)
Brown for MacDonald (60)
Matheson for Whyte (68)
Tony Low (28)
Neil MacDonald (33)
S George (Referee)
A four-goal demolition of local rivals Forres Mehcanics was the perfect tonic for Nairn County after the events at Deveronvale last week as the club bounced back in the most emphatic of fashions. After an uneasy week sitting bottom of the Highland League, it was imperative that the side took at least something from this match and not only did they claim all three points but they put in a barnstorming attacking performance as well as resolute defensive display.
Manager Les Fridge didn't have his problems to seek as suspended duo Scott Kellacher and David MacRae missed out along with the unavailable WIllie Barron. John MacAskill returned in defence after missing out last week while Duncan Jones took over from MacRae in midfield. New signing Darren Shallicker was pitched in at the deep end as he led the line up front.
The visitors carved up the first opening of the game however when, with six minutes on the clock, Tony Ross picked out Shawn Scott with a whipped cross from the left but the former Buckie striker completely missed the target from six yards out.
County made the visitors pay for this miss two minutes later as they broke the deadlock. After a Graeme Grant foul on Tony Low on the edge of the box, Duncan Jones' quick thinking saw him curl the ball into the net as Forres goalkeeper Robert Taylor was still lining up his defensive wall.
Shallicker then showed glimpses of the different dimension he'll bring to the attack as he produced an intelligent flick to release Iain Brooks but the County forward's angled drive was well blocked by Taylor.
Scott again tried his luck as the visitors attempted to draw level when he unleashed a 22-yard shot but County shotstopper John Campbell gathered at the second attempt.
Nairn doubled their lead ten minutes before the break as Shallicker's 25-yard free-kick was spilled by Taylor to the feet of Michael Sanderson who knocked home the loose ball from close range to open up his account for the club.
Campbell in the Nairn goal had to show his class six minutes into the second half. After being a virtual spectator for large parts of the first 45, the former Hibee pulled off a tremendous full length save keep out Scott's powerful drive.
At the other end, Shallicker almost grabbed his second of the game when he met a Brooks cross but Taylor and former Nairn man Ryan Green somehow managed to keep the ball out of the net between them to keep their side in with a glimmer of hope.
The hosts all but killed off the game after 65 minutes though, when Shallicker grabbed the debut goal his all-round play deserved. Substitute Scott Nicholl, who'd replaced the injured Brian Macleod early on in the first half, showed great vision to pick out the former Lossiemouth and Huntly man who then showed his eye for goal by producing a sublime finish from 20-yards.
By now Nairn were in complete control of proceedings and launched wave after wave of attack as they laid siege on the Forres goal. Their probing eventually paid off in the form of a fourth goal in the final minute. Sub Martin MacDonald was composed and intelligent enough to pick out man-of-the-match Tony Low with a headed knock-back and the former Inverness CT winger headed the ball into the unguarded net.
This was the perfect response from the side after last week, and one that was demanded by manager Les Fridge, who will now look forward to Monday's tricky North Cup tie at Elgin hoping for a repeat performance.
|John Campbell (GK)||26||1||-||16||-|
|Scott Nicholl (sub)||22||1||-||32||1|
|Martin MacDonald (sub)||23||2||-||33||9|
|Wayne Mackintosh (sub)||18||2||-||24||-|
No league table has been added for this season.