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County travelled to Keith on League business and took care of things by securing the points with 3 goals in the first 45 minutes. This was Nairn's third away win in a row and ensured they maintained their unbeaten record of 2003.
Nairn gaffer Ronnie Sharp made 1 change to the side that were held at home by Inverurie last week by replacing Steve Sanderson up front with the returning Scott Kellacher. The match started with both sets of players trying to adapt to the bogey conditions under foot and it was the visitors who adjusted best and this was proved when Willie Barron had a great shot tipped over the bar after he showed some good work to create the opening on 17 minutes. From the resulting corner County had the visitors defence run ragged and forced them to conceed another corner. From this corner Ian Brooks made the keeper produce a wonderful save from his powerful header from 15 yards.
Four minutes later County did break the deadlock when David Macdonald made a surging run from the defence and played a nice one two with Kellacher before unleashing a powerful drive which came back off the post. Thankfully for Nairn Ian Brooks was in the right place to put the ball into the net to put County 1-0 up on 21 minutes. Gareth Smith was next to threaten the home sides goal when he unleashed a thunderous effort from a 25 yard free kick but this effort was saved by the stung palms of the Keith goalie. Nairn increased their lead on 35 minutes when a Cormie cross meant for the head of Brooks unluckily hit off the Keith defender and into the net. By this time Nairn were in total control of the game and threatened 3 minutes after going 2-0 in front when Willie Barron made a great run forward but saw his shot from an angle tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner Brooks made it 3-0 to County by hammering in a loose ball at the back post.
Keith came out for the second 45 with renewed spirit and immediately pulled themselves back into the game when Darren Still ran through the normally resolute County defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 12 yards which flew past Rae and into the back of the net.
A minute later Alan Cormie should've restored County's 3 goal advantage but he sliced his first time volley from the edge of the box and sent the ball out of the ground.
The game from here on in was contested by both sides in the middle of the park but with the condition of the pitch getting worse as the game progressed, free flowing football looked a far away thing. Nairn did have a flurry of chances around the hour mark when Ian Brooks had another header saved by the goalie on 61 minutes and a minute later a brilliant effort from Gary Farquhar 18 yards from goal was tipped over the bar. This was to be the last action of the game as both sides looked to push forward but cancelled each other out.
Nairn gaffer Ronnie Sharp will be delighted to see his team win this game after the disappointment of losing such a late goal last week to snatch a win from Nairn's grasp.
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