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Nairn travelled to title favourites Cove today in the season opener without Garry Ewing as he is on holiday. Mark Holmes didnt make his league debut because of a suspension and Mo Macmillan was out injured. Player manager Ronnie Sharp and wing back Alan Cormie both returned from injury.
Nairn started very positively and created most of the half chances in the opening minutes through front three Barron, Sanderson and Kellacher. Brooks made some good, positive forward running and also had a good claim for a penalty when he appeared to be tumbled in the box. Farquahr ran the show in the middle of the park for Nairn and frequently released Kellacher and Barron down the wings aswell as wing back Sinclair and Cormie at times. It was from this that Barron drove on into the box and was tumbled in the box but to the astonishment and dismay of the loud Nairn support the referee waved play on. But there was nothing the Cove defence could do the next time Farquhar released Barron has he drove his shot low under Buchanan between the Cove sticks.
Nairn appeared to go off the gas after scoring and were caught at the back when Coutts headed in at the back post making Rae helpless after 33 minutes.
Both sides looked evenly matched in the second half, Nairn defenders Macdonald, Edwards and Smith keeping deadly striker Beattie and parter Coull quite had a large bairing on this. Sanderson appeared to put Nairn in front again but his effort was chopped off for offside. Cove's best chance of the half fell to Beattie but Rae brilliantly tipped his header over the top. Kellacher and Sanderson were being persistantly frustrated by the accuracy of the Cove Defence's offside trap.
Kellacher then had an excellant chance to win the game for the visitors in injuy time but his shot was blocked by the Cove keeper's foot.
A very good result for Nairn but could have been a whole lot better if they had taken their chances, especially early on. But Nairn gaffer Ronnie Sharp will be pleased with his sides performance and will be hoping for a repeat next saturday at home to another favourite for the league, Deveronvale. Before that the Wee County are on cup duty in the Inverness Cup on Wednesday night where the youngsters will be given a run out and the top players a rest before Saturday.
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No league table has been added for this season.