0 - 0
0 - 0
Nairn played out an unentertaining 0 - 0 draw with Rothes at Station Park today and in the process failed to find the back of the net for the first time in the league so far this season. County gaffer Ronnie Sharp made 2 changes to the side that came away with a draw from Lossiemouth 2 weeks ago by dropping Kenny Wood to the bench and replacing him with returning keeper Michael Rae and replacing the unavailable Scott Kellacher with Johnny Seaton.
The game started as poorly as it would continue and the first clear cut chance fell to the visitors. A pass across the face of the Nairn box fell to Matheson who was only yards from the goal but he fresh aired his shot and allowed the County defence to clear. 15 minutes later County attacker Ian Brooks thought he had put the home side ahead when he met Willie Barron's cross from the right with his head but his header came back off of the post. County were thanking their lucky stars when Garry Ewing cleared the ball from the line at the back post to keep the score at 0-0.
The second 45 was as dull as the first with both sides yet again offering precious little in attack. Nairn were the team with the most possession in the middle of the park but couldn't convert that into attacking football or goals. Brooks came close after 65 minutes when he opted to shoot from 12 yards when maybe he should of played the ball to Sanderson. His shot was saved by Strong, who incidentally conceeded 6 goals at Station Park last season with Wick, at his left hand side. Rothes' best chance of snatching a win fell to Jamie Miller when his good forward running created an opportunity that he put wide of Rae's post. Gareth Smith found himself with the unusual chance of getting on the score sheet when he created a chance for himself by driving through the Rothes defence but his shot was blocked en route to goal. The referee used hindsight and awarded Nairn a free kick on the edge of the box for a foul on Smith but with free kick specialist Farquhar being subbed off Dave Macdonald took on te responsibility but fired the ball over the bar. In the last minute it looked as if Nairn were going to finally bulge the back of the net but a last gasp tackle stopped substitute Sanderson from becoming the hero of the day.
Ronnie Sharp will be disappointed not to have picked up all three points from a game against a team that Nairn have already defeated away this season and will expect more from his side because if they repeat that performance then a lowly final league placing will be on the cards.
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No league table has been added for this season.