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Nairn County

League (HFL)
Saturday, September 21st, 2002
MacKessack Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Scott Kellacher 
Willie Barron 

Team Managers
Unknown. Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Kenny Wood
Gareth Smith
Dave Macdonald
Alan Cormie
Gary Farquhar
Willie Barron
Neal Sinclair
Garry Ewing
Scott Kellacher
Iain Brooks
Johnny Seaton

None. Callum Donaldson
Mo MacMillan
Andrea Coletto
Kevin Simpson
Ronnie Sharp

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

A Nairn team heavily lacking due to injuries and holidays travelled to Rothes for a moved forward game. Rae, who was injured, was replaced between the sticks by Kenny Wood. The injured Holmes was replaced a right wing back by Alan Cormie, while Garry Ewing surprisingly played centre back along with Macdonald and Smith to make up for the missing Edwards. Sinclair continued at left wing back as did Brooks and Farquhar in the middle of the back. Barron and Kellacher kept their slots up front and were joined by John Seaton who was filling in for Ewing.

The game started as it would continue, poorly, and it was Nairn who had the first oppertunity of the encounter when a heavily deflected Kellacher shot almost beat the keeper but went wide for a corner. County then went 1 behind when the defence failed to clear their lines and were punished when the shot hit couldn't be stopped by Kenny Wood. This seemed to spark the visitors into action and some positive forward running by Barron nearly brought about an equalizer. But it was Alan Cormie's run down the wing and battling to keep the ball in play that got the County back in the game as his cross the face ball was struck home first time by Kellacher from 12 yards. This was the last real action of a slow first half.

The second half was as poor as the first as both sides looked for a precious second. Nairn passed up numerous chances for this as Kellacher couldn't find his second and Seaton or Barron coundn't get their second of the game. Substitute MacMillan should of done better when he got himself into a good position from a corner but the keeper made a good save to deny him. Gareth Smith then had an even better chance, again from a corner but he obviously didn't expect the ball to fall to him at the front post as it hit off of his stomach from a yard out and trickled by the wrong side of the post. Nairn did take the lead though, a good forward run by Kellacher into the box before picking out Barron whoi composed himself and smashed the ball over the keeper at his right hand post.

Nairn should've been 3-1 up as goalscorer Barron battled well to win the ball after the Rothes keeper recieved a back pass before laying the ball on a plate for Seaton but instead of slamming the ball home he went for a chip that went over the bar.

Nairn will need to improve on this performance next week against high flying Keith at Station Park but with the return of several key players, including Edwards and hopefully Sanderson, this shouldn't be difficult.

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Kenny Wood (GK) - 3 - 4 -
Alan Cormie - 2 - 17 -
Gareth Smith23 4 - 14 -
Dave Macdonald - 8 - 18 -
Garry Ewing - 7 - 222
Willie Barron21 72165
Gary Farquhar - 92197
Neal Sinclair - 6 - 122
Johnny Seaton - 2 - 2 -
Iain Brooks23 83214
Scott Kellacher21 831810

League Table (as at September 21st, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.