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|None.||Steven Main (48)|
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Duncan Jones for Gregg Main (30)
Wayne Mackintosh for Darren Jarvie (55)
Andrea Coletto for Brian Macleod (64)
Michael Stephen for Alan Hale (70)
Kevin Norris for Jamie Ralph (80)
Wayne Mackintosh (73)
Russell McBride (32)
Derek Milne (43)
Chris Finnigan (76)
Alan Frew (Referee)
A goal early on in the second half was enough for Fraserburgh to end Nairn County's recent revival at Station Park as they edged out Les Fridge's men to claim all three points.
County have been on a decent run of late having collected seven points from their last three games but Charlie Duncan's men edged out the home side to claim revenge for Nairn's 3-2 victory at Bellslea Park in December.
Fridge was without top goalscorer Shaun Kerr who had work commitments and he was replaced by Chris Finnigan, who was returning from suspension, in the only change to the starting line up. Wayne Mackintosh and Glenn Main was available for selection and found places on the bench at the expense of Marc MacDonald and Neil MacDonald.
The visitors had a great chance to open the scoring in the first half when Willie Barron conceded a penalty but Graham Johnston's effort was excellently saved by John Campbell. But three minutes after the break the deadlock was broken when Steven Main pounced to the Broch in front. County's cause wasn't helped when Chris Finnigan was shown a second red card in successive games and they were then down to nine men when Martin MacDonald was stretchered off late on after the home side had made their three substitutions.
The visitors made a bright start and a early attack had to be cut out by County centre back Martin Sanderson who headed the ball against the frame of his own goal.
Nairn's first attack came when a quickly taken free kick sent Willie Barron racing in on goal but the County captain fired his low shot across the face of goal and inches beyond the far post.
After nine minutes, Stephen Skinner fouled Eric Morrice in a dangerous position but Johnston fired the resulting free kick wildly over the crossbar and then Morrice himself was kept out three minutes later by a fine point blank save from Campbell.
The away side were denied by the offside flag after 14 minutes when Allan Hale picked out Steven Main in the box. He drifted away from two Nairn defenders before drilling a low shot past Campbell. But Johnston, who was in an offside position, stuck out a leg to help the ball over the line and referee Alan Frew approved of the standside linesman's decision to raise the flag and duly disallowed the goal.
County were inches away from breaking the deadlock minutes later when Scott Graham sprung the offisde trap and raced in on Billy Gordon's goal. The former Fort William front man placed the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper but his effort clipped the post before being cleared to safety.
A mix up between Gordon and Willie West almost resulted in County taking the lead when the goalkeeper and defender failed to deal with a Brian Macleod cross but Barron could not take advantage as West recovered to clear the danger.
Main's free kick into the box at the over end picked out Russell McBride but his header drifted tamely into Campbell's arms before Main was sent crashing in the box by Barron three minutes before the break. Referee Frew pointed to the penalty spot and Johnston stepped up but his effort from 12 yards was brilliantly saved by Campbell who dived to his right to keep the score level.
But only three minutes into the second half, the visitors got their noses in front. Morrice made a surging run into the box and cut the ball back to Main who was on hand to curl the ball over Campbell and into the net from 12 yards.
County first threatened to grab an equaliser in the 57th minute when Steven Edwards tried his luck with a 35-yard effort that Gordon managed to get just enough of a hand to in order to send the shot over the bar.
Barron then sent Finnigan sprinting towards goal but from a tight angle the former Elgin City front man fired his shot well over the crossbar.
County substitute Wayne Mackintosh almost made an instant impact for all the wrong reasons after coming on when his misplaced pass back was intercepted by Johnston whose square pass to Michael Stephen took Campbell out of the equation but the former Highland League Player of the Year placed the ball wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.
Nairn's hopes of rescuing at least a point from the game took a serious dent though when Finnigan was sent off for the second game in a row. The striker, who was red carded in the win over Brora three weeks ago, was given his marching orders for an innocuous aerial challenge on Morrice that should have merited only a yellow.
This did not deter Les Fridge's troops though and Edwards sent mackintosh racing down the right with a great through ball. The Nairn sub cut the ball back to Barron but the County skipper was somehow denied by Derek Milne, who through his body in front of the shot to make the block.
The hosts were on the attack again in the 82nd minute when Duncan Jones found Barron unmarked but from a narrow angle, his shot was palmed over the crossbar by Gordon. Then a minute later, Jones was again the driving force for County when he picked out MacDonald racing in from the left but he smashed his shot into the side netting.
Nairn were then down to nine men when MacDonald went down clutching an ankle. The game was held up for eight minutes before the County centre back was stretchered off the pitch and into the waiting ambulance giving Les Fridge a defensive selection headache ahead of next week's home match against Inverurie Locos.
|John Campbell (GK)||28||32||-||81||-|
|Andrea Coletto (sub)||24||8||-||14||-|
|Wayne Mackintosh (sub)||20||30||3||80||4|
|Duncan Jones (sub)||23||27||6||84||15|
No league table has been added for this season.