Nairn County 1
Fraserburgh 0
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 0

League (HFL)
Saturday, May 10th, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brian Macleod (21)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Dave Macdonald
Gareth Smith
Mo MacMillan
Steven Edwards
Neal Sinclair
Brian Macleod
Steve Sanderson
Gary Farquhar
Johnny Seaton
Scott Kellacher

Callum Donaldson
Glenn Main
Andrea Coletto
Marc MacDonald
Robbie Duncanson

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
Gareth Smith
Match Officials

Match Report

Nairn ended the season on a tremendous high by securing their highest League finish since they came 3rd in the 1976/77 campaign. Today's win at Station Park against Fraserburgh ensures that County leapfrogged the Broch to finish 5th in the final League standings. Boss Ronnie Sharp made two changes to the side that thrashed Lossiemouth 6-0 in midweek by replacing the suspended Ian Brooks with Brian Macleod and Alan Cormie with the returning Dave Macdonald.

After several half chances were passed up by both sides County opened the scoring on 21 minutes. Man of the Match Johnny Seaton collected the ball just inside the Broch half and proceeded to drive down the right wing. He then played a ball into Brain Macleod who had made a diagonal run into the visitors box. Macleod latched brilliantly onto the ball and lifted it over Thompson in the Fraserburgh goals head and into the net. Seaton himself nearly made it two but his thundeirng shout from the right edge of the box was saved well by Thompson.

Nairn were then reduced to 10 men when Gareth Smith was dismissed for his mis-timed challenge at the half way line when a booking would've been more than sufficient punishment. The Broch then had a great chance to equlaize but Neil McLaren fired over the bar. He was gifted the ball when Edwards casually played it across the face of his own goal looking for Seaton but the Broch front man cut out the pass. Mackie then missed a free header at the back post for the visitors when he glaced it wide of the post.

Nairn had a great chance to make it two minutes into the second half. Sinclair played a wonderful high ball from the left wing back position into the path of Sanderson but under pressure from his man the w striker fired over the crossbar. The Broch then looked to hold onto possession in an attempt to tire Nairn and finish them off but the Broch efforts all flew wide of the post are high over the bar. Kellacher had the best chance of the half on 70 minutes when he was sent through on goal but his effort was saved well by the legs of Thompson.

Young substitute Duncanson had a chance to socre his first Nairn goal but his effort forced Thompson to make a good stop. Five minutes from time County missed a gilt edged opportunity to wrap up the points. Kellacher cut in from the right and drove into the box before being hacked down by a Broch defender who appeared to deny the former celtic man a clear goalscoring opportunity but no card was shown, only a penalty awarded. Farquhar stepped up and fired wide of the post. Nairn had two other good chances to kill things off but both were fired over from the edge of the box, firsty Kellacher and secondly Farquhar.

A great way to end the season for Nairn and hopefully with a few new signings in the summer County can mount a serious challenge for honours next season.

Squad Statistics (as at May 10th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 28 - 28 -
Gareth Smith24 24 - 34 -
Dave Macdonald - 30 - 40 -
Steven Edwards22 221231
Mo MacMillan - 11 - 19 -
Neal Sinclair - 32 - 382
Steve Sanderson21 18112819
Brian Macleod21 2121
Gary Farquhar - 36184623
Scott Kellacher22 28163823
Johnny Seaton - 12 - 12 -

League Table (as at May 10th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.