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Big Ben strikes at three for Nairn County as he impresses on loan

By Alasdair Fraser

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Shaun Sutherland, Clachnacuddin FC and Ben Barron, Forres Mechanics FC. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Shaun Sutherland, Clachnacuddin FC and Ben Barron, Forres Mechanics FC. Picture: James Mackenzie.

WITH eight goals in five games, you might think Ben Barron would go easy on himself.

Instead, Saturday’s hat-trick hero against Deveronvale left the park kicking himself after the 4-2 win.

The Nairn County loanee striker’s hunger for goals is matched only by a thirst for self-improvement.

Signed from Forres Mechanics by Elgin City in the summer, the League Two relegation fight proved a step too soon for the strong and pacey youngster.

The Nairn local, who works as a barber away from football, is flouring in confidence again.

“It’s magic at Nairn,” Barron said. “The main thing for me at 19 years old is just to play football. As long as I’m playing football then, as a striker, I’m always hungry for goals.

“Anything that comes my way, I’m delighted with, but to get three was even better.

“I could have had more, though. I’m quite hard on myself that way. I look back and I’m almost angry at myself as I could have had five or six.

“But I also have to take the positives in that I’m getting myself in the right positions to get them.”

Just as it is a quality he needs to develop, personally, consistency is what Barron feels Nairn County as a team must aspire to.

“Although we won at the weekend, it wasn’t our best day. A few of us could have had hat-tricks,” he said.

“We’re quite a young team, going forward. We’re electric at our best. We’re just trying to find that consistency where we hit those levels in every single game.”

Tomorrow trip to face Formartine United and Saturday’s test at Fraserburgh pits sixth place Nairn against two of the top four.

“We beat Buckie Thistle the other week and I’ve scored against Buckie,” he said.

“The boys know we can do it, but it is about whether we can do it every week. That’s what the good teams show. We’ll get a real measure of where we’re at with Wednesday game, especially away from home.”

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