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Nairn County to shuffle pack in search of win against Fort William

By Alasdair Fraser

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RONNIE Sharp is ready to ring the changes for tomorrow night’s tussle with Fort William after another frustrating performance on Saturday.

Nairn County v Fraserburgh, Station Park, Nairn...Nairn's Max Ewan...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Nairn County v Fraserburgh, Station Park, Nairn...Nairn's Max Ewan...Picture: Callum Mackay..

The Wee County manager was scathing of his team’s error-strewn first half display in the 4-1 defeat by Formartine United.

While the powerful Pitmedden side are difficult enough opponents on a good day, Sharp felt Nairn gave the hosts a helping hand – a recurring theme in the campaign so far.

Nairn crashed 3–0 behind inside 30 minutes, with two goals in the space of 90 seconds ripping up the game plan. Max Ewan’s second half strike was reward for better play after the break, but Formartine hit their fourth soon after.

With injuries hampering Sharp’s squad, there will be fresh blood drafted in for the visit of a Lochaber side reeling from an 8-0 beating by Brora Rangers at the weekend.

He said: “It was a better display in the second half, but it had to be. It couldn’t have got much worse.

“We were slightly improved after the break, but the game was gone by then. It was just mistakes, again. We’ve been doing that from the off this season. We’re making mistakes in every game. The players are leaving themselves chasing matches all the time, that’s the problem.

“We’re still pretty bad with injuries so we’re going to have to rotate it a bit against Fort.

“We’ve already faced Fraserburgh, Rothes and Formartine on the trot and that’s hard enough with a full squad. We now have Fort on Wednesday and then Brora on Saturday, so it is hard going at the moment.”

Two unnamed players had to self-isolate on Friday, missing the trip east, while Fraser Dingwall, Callum Howarth and Tom MacLennan remain sidelined.

John Treasurer is back and came off bench on Saturday, while Adam Porritt played for the reserves but isn’t ready to rejoin the first team quite yet.

Sharp added: stressed: “Brora was Fort’s first heavy defeat, but they only just fell short in other games. They seem to be much-improved and I expect them to be a lot tougher to break down. We need a win, that’s the bottom line.”

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