Nairn County 1
Brora Rangers 2
League (HFL)


Nairn County
1 - 2
Brora Rangers 

League (HFL)
Saturday, March 22nd, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Iain Brooks 
None.

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Donnie Munro
Gareth Smith
Dave Macdonald
Steven Edwards
Mark Holmes
Willie Barron
Colin MacLeod
Gary Farquhar
Neal Sinclair
Scott Kellacher
Iain Brooks
Unknown.

Bench
Callum Donaldson
Mo MacMillan
Andrea Coletto
Steve Sanderson
Johnny Seaton
None.

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials




Match Report


Nairn crashed to defeat for the second week in a row after losing through in Huntly last week and defeat to Brora here at Station Park this week. There were 3 changes to last weeks side with the main pone being Scott Kellacher coming back in up front in place of Sanderson. Garry Ewing picked up a knee injury in midweek and he was replaced by Steven Edwards while Triallist keeper Donnie Munro played his first full game for County after Tuesday night's match being abandoned.

There was little or nothing on offer in a very poor first half. County's best effort came through Ian Brooks but his header caused the visiting keeper little bother.

The second 45 was an improvement on the first and came to life when Mark Holmes made a great run down the right. The ball played over to him sprung the Brora offside trap and sent him through on the keeper. But he took it one step too far allowing visiting goalie Ridgers to narrow the angle and force the ball wide for a corner.

Only 2 minutes later Nairn were in front. Farquhar had the ball out on the right and delayed his cross enough to pick out Brooks. His pin point delivery coaxed Ridgers to come and attempt a catch but had enough on it for it to reach Brooks for him to win the ball in the air heading it into the net. Brora were allowed back into the game and equalized on 75 minutes when poor County defending let striker Ross stroke the ball home.

The visitors were coming more and more into the game and came so close to taking the lead when a Billy Ferries free kick from 35 yards crashed back off of the crossbar to the relieve of the Nairn fans. This relieve was short lived as soon after Brora went in front when Lewis Ross slotted home a Gray cross from the left at the back post.

County went in search of an equalizer and when Farquhar stepped up to take a free kick 20 yards out on the left edge of the box Station Park held it's breath. Brora obviously knew of the threat he possessed from these situations as they lined up a six man wall. This left three Nairn players free on the edge of the box but instead of squaring it to one of his team mates Farquhar went for glory and fired the ball striaght at the wall. This summed up Nairn's day.

County have the perfect opportunity to bounce back form today's disappointment before next weeks semi final as they host Keith at home on Wednesday night in a game that kicks off at 8pm. This is now a must win game after today's result and if Keith were to drop points their title challenge would be mathematically over.



Squad Statistics (as at March 22nd, 2003)


2002-03 All Time
Age
Donnie Munro (GK) - 1 - 1 -
Dave Macdonald - 26 - 36 -
Gareth Smith24 16 - 26 -
Mark Holmes27 178178
Steven Edwards22 151161
Neal Sinclair - 24 - 302
Gary Farquhar - 27143719
Willie Barron22 2283111
Colin MacLeod28 16 - 26 -
Iain Brooks24 24133714
Scott Kellacher22 22123219


League Table (as at March 22nd, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.