0 - 2
0 - 2
Robert Morrice (62)
Jonathan Garden (76)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Graeme Stewart for Lewis Mackinnon (28)
Gregg Main for Andrea Coletto (70)
Jonathan Garden for Neil Main (29)
Zac Conway for Robert Morrice (85)
James Duguid for Steven Main (87)
Michael McNab (Referee)
A combination of Fraserburgh goalkeeper Andrew Dickinson's inspired performance and Nairn County's inability to convert their chances saw the Broch shut out the hosts to take all three points at Station Park.
Les Fridge's men certainly created enough chances to take something out of the game. But the home side just could not find a way past Dickinson, with Shaun Kerr and Willie Barron the chief sinners.
Fraserburgh on the other hand, took their chances and it was they who grabbed the all-important opening goal just after the hour mark. And with Nairn pushing for an equaliser, Charlie Duncan's side made the points safe in an incident County goalkeeper Callum Donaldson will be keen to forget.
Fridge had top scorer Kerr back in the starting line up after he missed Wednesday night's triumph at Inverurie. He replaced Steven Edwards - on the verge of completing a move to Elgin City - which meant Barron was moved out to the right wing with Glenn Main partnering Wayne Mackintosh in the middle of the park.
County would have been disappointed not to have broken the deadlock in a goalless first half as they looked the most threatening side going forward. And the second half exploded into life when Robert Morrice blasted the visitors in front on 62 minutes.
Nairn responded by pushing bodies forward in search of an equaliser. But after County hit the woodwork for the second time in the game, Fraserburgh made the points safe when Jonathan Garden capitalised on a mix-up between Donaldson and Martin MacDonald.
The visitors had more possession in the early stages but it was Nairn who looked more of a threat on the ball. On five minutes, a fine, floated pass by Mackintosh over the Fraserburgh rearguard found Lewis MacKinnon. He tried to lob Dickinson from 30 yards out but the goalkeeper was equal to it as he made a basic save.
But two minutes later, the hosts should have been in front. Kerr controlled a high ball into the box with his back to goal in a central position. Nairn's number nine twisted past his marker and only had the 'keeper to beat. But he fired his 10-yard shot straight at Dickinson who parried it to safety.
Fraserburgh threatened on nine minutes when Morrice played a short corner to Neil Main on the edge of the box. He lifted an out-swinging cross into the danger area that was head-flicked over the bar by Marc Dickson.
It was Dickson again who caused the Nairn defence problems eight minutes later. He collected MacDonald's sclaffed clearance but could only drill his 12-yard shot at Donaldson who gathered at his near post.
County had another sight of goal on 19 minutes when Brian Macleod's low cross picked out Lewis MacKinnon at the edge of the box. The Nairn centre forward beat his man with a trademark turn but his low effort hurtled past the near post by a matter of inches.
The hosts were back on the attack six minutes later. Glenn Main played Willie Barron in down the right. The Nairn skipper cut inside and onto his left foot but he did not catch his shot properly as he sent a low, tame effort past the near post.
Both sides were forced into substitutes before the half-hour mark when the Broch's Neil Main and County's Lewis MacKinnon had to be replaced after both picked up injuries in separate incidents. Nairn introduced Graeme Stewart who played wide on the right with Barron pushed up front.
Nairn had a shout for a penalty on 32 minutes when Stephen Skinner picked out Kerr in the box with a cross from the right. The County striker chested the ball down and surged past the goalkeeper as he tried to find the angle for the shot. The contact with Dickinson was enough to send the former Ross County and Clachnacuddin man to the ground but referee Michael McNab waved away the home side's appeals.
The woodwork came to Fraserburgh's rescue for the first time in the game five minutes later. Willie Barron clipped a free kick from the right edge of the box towards the back post. The ball was then flicked goalwards by Skinner but his effort came back off the face of the crossbar and dropped to Kerr. The Nairn forward just could not get the ball out of his feet quick enough though as he tried to stab the ball home from close range and was denied by Dickinson, who had done well to spread himself.
County continued to pressurise their visitors and came close to opening the scoring in first half injury time. Macleod's cross from the left found Kerr who laid the ball back to Main. Nairn's form man though could only send his high shot from the edge of the box wide of the near post.
The second half took until after the hour mark to come to life. And when it did, it was explosive.
Steven Main fired a low shot at Donaldson after collecting a MacDonald clearance on 60 minutes before Garden's low effort from 10 yards was held by the goalkeeper barely 60 seconds later.
One minute after that though, Fraserburgh took the lead in emphatic style. There looked to be no danger when Robert Morrice chased down a long ball into the left channel. Indeed, David Hind stood off the Broch forward, almost willing him to try his luck. It was an invitation the Fraserburgh striker was happy to take though. And he launched a right-footed pile driver from the 22 yards out at the left edge of the box across the rooted Donaldson and into the top right hand corner of the net.
Nairn responded by taking Andrea Coletto off and going to three at the back. Gregg Main was the Italian's replacement and he was deployed in midfield alongside Mackintosh as Glenn Main was asked to join Kerr and Barron in attack.
And it was a change that should have paid off with the equalising goal on 73 minutes. Skinner's cross from the right found the feet of the unmarked Barron in the box. The Nairn skipper's control was good but his shot was anything but as he dragged a left-footed effort past the far post with only Dickinson to beat.
County seemed buoyed by this though as they continued to push forward. On 75 minutes, a Gregg Main free kick was cleared only as far as Mackintosh. He fed MacDonald - up for the set piece - on the left as Nairn sprung the offside trap. The former Brora Rangers man's delivered a low cross to Kerr who flicked the ball up to Glenn Main. The Nairn utility man did not have the time to let the ball drop as he would have liked though as he volleyed over from 12 yards under pressure from the Broch's Graham Johnston.
Nairn's luck in front of goal continued to elude them as the woodwork bailed the visitors out again 10 minutes from time. Gregg Main caught Dickinson out with a low free kick from the right edge of the box. The County midfielder fired his right-footed effort across goal and Dickinson seemed happy to leave it in the knowledge it was going past the post. But the Broch shot stopper was almost caught out as the ball rattled off the post before being cleared.
And less than a minute later, Fraserburgh made the points save after a horror show from MacDonald and Donaldson. The Nairn goalkeeper came out of his box to deal with a hopeful Fraserburgh punt forward. But he could only send his clearance cannoning off MacDonald, who was only a few yards away. The loose ball broke to the feet of Jonathan Garden and the Broch midfielder could not believe his luck as he casually rolled the ball into the unguarded net.
|Callum Donaldson (GK)||23||17||-||22||-|
|Graeme Stewart (sub)||22||3||-||3||-|
|Gregg Main (sub)||22||27||3||69||6|
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