Nairn County 0

Nairn County
0 - 3

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Martin Rowlands (48)
Kevin Gallen (77)
Tony Thorpe (90)

Team Managers
Les Fridge

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Mark Smith
Steven Edwards
Neal Sinclair
Gary Farquhar
John MacAskill
Colin MacLeod
Willie Barron
Steve Sanderson
John McDonald
Iain Brooks
Chris Day
Jack Perry
Gino Padula
Matthew Rose
Lewis Hamilton
Marcus Bean
Gareth Ainsworth
Wes Daly
Paul Furlong
Jamie Cureton
Kevin McLeod

Jim Calder
Gareth Smith
Glenn Main
Gavin Chisholm
Garry Ewing
Robbie Duncanson
Johnny Seaton
Marcus Bignot
Arthur Gnohere
Richard Johnston
Martin Rowlands
Kevin Gallen
Tony Thorpe

Garry Ewing for Mark Smith (46)
Gavin Chisholm for Gary Farquhar (52)
Johnny Seaton for Neal Sinclair (52)
Robbie Duncanson for Steve Sanderson (64)
Gareth Smith for Colin MacLeod (64)
Glenn Main for Willie Barron (77)
Jim Calder for Michael Rae (78)
Marcus Bignot for Jack Perry (46)
Arthur Gnohere for Matthew Rose (46)
Richard Johnston for Marcus Bean (46)
Martin Rowlands for Gareth Ainsworth (46)
Kevin Gallen for Paul Furlong (46)
Tony Thorpe for Jamie Cureton (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Les Fridge took charge of the Nairn County team for his first full match in charge in a pre-season friendly with English First Division side Queens Park Rangers at Station Park.

The new gaffer was without the services of captain David Macdonald and new signing Peter Lynch through injuries but handed full home debuts to Mark Smith, John Macaskill and recent loan signing John McDonald while fellow new recruit Gavin Chisholm found himself amongst the substitutes.

The strength of experienced QPR front man Paul Furlong caused the Nairn back four problems from the off as the ex-Birmingham City and Chelsea man created three goalscoring opportunities for himself in as many minutes. Firstly, he pulled an effort across goal and just past the post from the right edge of the six yard box in the 10th minute before firing over from the edge of the box and with a volley from 15 yards after 12 minutes.

WIllie Barron then produced Nairn's best chance of the half but was unfortunate to see his effort from the edge of the box fly into the side-netting.

Paul Furlong was again at the heart of the QPR attack when he was only inches away from breaking the deadlock after meeting Wes Daly's corner with a towering header only to see it headed clear from the goal-line by the well-positioned Steve Sanderson.

The visitors then got their noses in front after only three minutes of the second forty-five. Half time substitute Martin Rowlands cut in from the right before driving along the bye-line and hammering home a shot across Michael Rae's goal and into the far corner of the net from the acutest of angles.

Rae then made a fine stop in the 54th minute when he did well to hold onto a Richard Johnston low drive from 20 yards.

Willie Barron tried to spark some new life into the Nairn attack when he drove down the left leaving two opponents for dead before winning a corner.

Ex-Glasgow Rangers shotstopper Rae again pulled off a top drawer save when Rowlands cut in from the right and unleashed a rasping shot from the edge of box that was tipped over the bar by the Nairn custodian three minutes after the hour mark.

Robbie Duncanson then tried his luck from range for County but fired well over in the 74th minute before McDonald stooped to head straight into the arms of ex-England under-21 goalkeeper Chris Day a minute later as Nairn probed for an equaliser.

A minute later, Kevin Gallen sent a looping volley goalwards only to see it bounce off of the crossbar into the path of Tony Thorpe who saw his follow up header saved by Rae.

But QPR did double their advantage in the 77th minute when Thorpe pulled the ball back to Gallen who placed it with precision into Rae's bottom right hand corner from 10 yards.

Garry Ewing then denied Gallen a second by clearing the striker's effort from the goal-line before the Londoners added a third in the final minute of the match. The impressive Martin Rowlands played a perfect right-footed ball into the box from the left edge of the penalty area for the on-rushing Tony Thorpe to volley home leaving substitute keeper Calder with no chance.

Les Fridge can be proud of the way his side performed in this match and take a lot of positives from the fact that the team weren't over-awed by their illustrious opponents. Nairn now travel to take on Juniors side Strathspey Thistle on Saturday as they continue their build-up to the big kick-off on August 7.

Squad Statistics (as at July 14th, 2004)

2004-05 All Time

League Table (as at July 14th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.