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Iain Brooks (81)
Iain Brooks (83)
Nairn made the short journey along the A96 to Forres today for their first derby match of the season against Forres Mechanics. Boss Ronnie Sharp made one change from the side that came so close to reaching the Inverness Cup final by dropping Scott Ogston to the bench and replacing him with Steven Edwards.
Nairn started brightly and were unlucky not to be in front within 2 minutes when Sanderson shot from an acute angle and was unlucky to see his effort blocked by McRitchie between the Forres sticks. Kellacher then shot into the Forres side netting after making a good run into the box. The game then settled down and neither side produced anything worth while. But there was one shot at goal from former Nairn man Gary Ross for Forres but Rae brilliantly tipped it over.
The second half started a lot more positive, for the home side in particular as Ross produced a brilliant save from Rae in the first minute of the half. Then when Edwards badly controlled a long Forres ball Seaton nicked in and was then tripped by him giving the referee no option but to award the home side a penalty. Ross slotted the penalty home, sending Rae the wrong way by putting it in the keepers bottom right hand corner. Nairn then stepped up the assualt on the Forres goal and when Barron's cross dropped to Farquhar who was 5 yards out, it seemed as if Nairn were back in business but some how the midfielder lifted his shot over the bar. On 78 minutes Forres doubled their lead and looked to have put the match beyond County when another fromer Nairn man Seaton got past his man and lobbed the ball over the advancing Rae's head and into the back of the net.
But there was still life left in the visitors and Nairn's never say die attitude served them well when substitute Sinclair floated in a cross and Brooks met it with his head at the front post and put Nairn back in the game on 81 minutes. County then levelled the game when Farquhar floated in a free kick from the right and Brooks rose above his man to head over McRitchie again, this time at the back post on 83 minutes. Substitute MacMillan had the last effort of the game for Nairn on 89 minutes but his long range effort was confortably saved by McRitchie.
Gaffer Ronnie Sharp will be pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his side to battle back into the game and snatch a draw but will be disappointed with the way his side went behind in the first place. Nairn will look to pick up their first league win of the season this coming Saturday at home to Fort William, who have always struggled in the Highland League yet defeated the County home and away last season.
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No league table has been added for this season.