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Nairn travelled north today looking to get their season back on track following a poor 0-0 draw with Rothes at Station Park last week but it wasn't to be. Ronnie Sharp brought in Colin Macleod for the unavailable Steven Edwards and put the returning Scott Kellacher up front, moved Ian Brooks into midfield, shifted Neal Sinclair to left wing back and put Garry Ewing in the back three while Gareth Smith was omitted from the 16.
County started reasonably well and commanded play in the middle of the park but lack of penitration in the final third brought no goals for the visitors. Wick went forward and when a cross was delivered from the right an unmarked Wick player had the simple job of heading home past Rae. Ronnie Sharp was then dismissed from the touchline after the referee had had enough of his verbal criticism. He was forced to watch the remainder of the action from the stand. Before Sharp could even get comfy in his seat his side were further behind when a Wick player fired the ball through the poor County defence and over Rae between the sticks. County's best chance of the half fell to Willie Barron but he fired it straight at the keeper.
Again in the second half Nairn controlled play in the middle of the park but couldn't convert into attacking play and everytime Wick went forward it looked as if Nairn may be even more embarrassed. Sanderson was introduced to play on the hour mark when he replaced Willie Barron. He immedietely got involved when the temperature of the game started to rise and was lucky to avoid going into the ref's book when he shoved a Wick player. The ref was slowly losing control of this game and a series of strong challenges from the frustrated Seaton earned him a booking with Kellacher and Sanderson following later on in the game. Nairn went all out attack when Alan Cormie and Gary Farquhar were taken off after 75 minutes for the returning Mark Holmes and Mo MacMillan. Nairn closest effort of the second half was a Farquhar free kick on 70 minutes when the keeper made a save at his bottom left hand corner. County thought they had finally grabbed what would only have been a consolation goal but Sanderson's Maradona style effort on 88 minutes was chopped off and he was booked for his troubles to end a day to forget for Nairn.
Ronnie Sharp will expect a lot more from his side if they are to do anything note worthy this season while the gaffer himself can expect to be hit with a lengthy touchline ban and a heavy fine.
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No league table has been added for this season.