Nairn County 1
Clachnacuddin 2
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 2

League (HFL)
Saturday, September 14th, 2002
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Edwards (55)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Gareth Smith
Mark Holmes
Dave MacDonald
Steven Edwards
Willie Barron
Garry Ewing
Neal Sinclair
Gary Farquhar
Scott Kellacher
Iain Brooks

Kenny Wood
Alan Cormie
Morris McMillan
Andrea Coletto
Johnny Seaton

Kenny Wood for Michael Rae (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Nairn were defeated by local rivals Clach after a shocking first half performace from the County that saw them register no shots at goal. Ronnie Sharp made 3 changes to the starting eleven that were defeated in the Qualifying Cup 2 weeks ago by dropping Mo MacMillan and John Seaton to the bench and replacing them with the returning Ian Brooks and Willie Barron. Colin Macleod picked up an injury in the warm up so Gareth Smith was promoted from the bench. His place amongst the substitutes was taken by Andy Coletto. Scott Ogston and Steve Sanderson were unavailable for this clash as they are both on holiday.

Clach started the better of the 2 teams and tested Rae in the Nairn goals in under 10 minutes. The visitors took the lead on the 14th minute when a cross was met by a head that was saved by Rae but he could do nothing as Martin Sanderson slotted home the rebound at the back post. Clach increased their lead after half an hour as County failed to clear their lines and Neil Macdonald slotted the ball home. The home side then suffered an injury blow when Neal Sinclair limped off on 34 minutes and was replaced by John Seaton. Nairn failed to have a shot at goal in the first half and were lucky to be only 2 down at the break.

Their was more injury woes for Nairn during the break as goalkeeper Michael Rae aggrovated the groin injury he picked up against Deveronvale and didn't re-appear for the second 45. He was replaced by Kenny Wood.

County upped the tempo of the game in the second half and grabbed a goal back on the 55th minute when a Kellacher corner was met by the head of Edwards who put the ball into the keepers top right hand corner. Nairn created the best of the chances in the second half and were rallied on by the vocal support they recieved from the terraces. Holmes, Kellacher and Seaton both passed up half chances but it was centre back Dave Macdonald, playing as an emergency striker in the last 10 minutes, who came closest as he unluckily saw his header come back off the crossbar in the 89th minute.

The Nairn fans will be wondering what is going on with some of their managers selection choices in the form of playing one of the most creative players, Mark Holmes at right back despite having a fully fit right back in Alan Cormie on the bench. With the Sanderson saga and now this, terrace confidence in the player manager appears to be disintergrating.

County's scheduled opponents next week are Inverurie but there is talk of Nairn travelling to play Rothes away so next week's opposition is at this moment in time unconfirmed. We will keep you up to date on this and display the confirmed opponents on the homepage as soon as we have them confirmed.

Squad Statistics (as at September 14th, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 7 - 7 -
Steven Edwards21 6171
Gareth Smith23 3 - 13 -
Dave MacDonald28 7 - 391
Mark Holmes27 7171
Neal Sinclair - 5 - 112
Garry Ewing - 6 - 212
Willie Barron21 61154
Gary Farquhar - 82187
Scott Kellacher21 72179
Iain Brooks23 73204
Kenny Wood (sub) (GK) - 2 - 3 -

League Table (as at September 14th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.