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Nairn County

League (HFL)
Saturday, January 18th, 2003
Grant Street Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Willie Barron 
Mark Holmes 
Iain Brooks 
Scott Kellacher 
Scott Kellacher 
Gary Farquhar (pen.) 

Team Managers
Unknown. Ronnie Sharp

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

None. Callum Donaldson
Mo MacMillan
Garry Ewing
Steve Sanderson
Ronnie Sharp

None. Garry Ewing for Scott Kellacher

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Steven Edwards

Match Officials

Match Report

Nairn travelled through to Clach for their first game of 2003 and came away with all 3 points after dominating from start to finish and knocking in 6 goals to Clach's 0. Ronnie Sharp kept the same side that defeated Fort William 5-0 in the final game of last year 3 weeks ago.

The visitors opened the scoring when Ian Brooks ghosted in at the back post to head home a Mark Holmes cross from the right. It was 2 not so long after when Kellacher was released by Holmes' through ball before being brought down in the area by Clach keeper Martin Rae.

Upstepped Farquhar to hit the penalty and he made no mistake from 12 yards to put Nairn 2 up. Only minutes after the re-start Willie Barron made a surging run through the home defence and put the ball beyond Rae to make it 3-0 to County. Kellacher made it 4 before the interval when he scored and the acrobatical celebration followed.

It could have been more before the interval when after a brilliant move of one touch football the ball was back heeled into Mark Holmes' stride but he fired his shot just over the bar to the dismay of the away fans and players and the relief of their home counterparts. It looked as if it wasn't going to be Holmes' day in front of goal when he had a shot from close rnage saved by Martin Rae late in the first have but he was to more than make ammends for his previous misses in the second 45.

The second half was still young when Nairn were reduced to 10 men when Steven Edwards was given his marching orders for the second time this season, this time for needlessly throwing the ball at an opponent. It looked as if Nairn would shut up shop and try to hold on to their comanding 4 goal advantage when they took off Scott Kellacher and replaced him with Garry Ewing, who slotted into the left wingback position. Neal Sinclair in turn moved from wingback into centre midfield to replace to dismissed Edwards. As the game became more physical and the scuffles became more regular Nairn lost Gareth Smith to injury after he received a reckless challenge.

But Nairn made it 5 when Mark Holmes turned his man brilliantly on the edge of the box before firing in a cert for goal of the season with a wonderful effort that left Rae with no chance. By this time the large band of travelling supporters were in full voice and the County players acknowledged this by applauding them. It was 6 soon after when in the dying minutes Barron sprung the offside trap to secure his brace with his 2nd of the game and eclipse County's 5-0 win at Fort William to make this their biggest win of the season. The home sides misery was compounded when they were reduced to 10 men soon after.

This is a brilliant result for County and is sure to boost their confidence before next weeks cup tie with Wick. Ronnie Sharp's men yet again showed their true fighting spirit to battle on despite being down to 10 men, something they have had to do too many times this season.

Squad Statistics (as at January 18th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 17 - 17 -
Mark Holmes27 146146
Steven Edwards21 131141
Dave Macdonald - 19 - 29 -
Gareth Smith23 10 - 20 -
Colin MacLeod28 9 - 19 -
Neal Sinclair - 17 - 232
Gary Farquhar - 20103015
Willie Barron22 1572410
Iain Brooks24 176307
Scott Kellacher22 18122819
Garry Ewing (sub) - 17 - 322

League Table (as at January 18th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.