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Nairn County are likely to be missing strikers for start of new Highland League season

By Andrew Henderson

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Nairn County’s headline strikers are unlikely to be fit for the start of the new Highland League season.

Nairn County v Inverurie Locos Jan 2020..Scottie Davidson..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Nairn County v Inverurie Locos Jan 2020..Scottie Davidson..Picture: James MacKenzie..

Scott Davidson and Conor Gethins, who just returned to the club this summer, are both struggling with injury, so they will most likely have to sit out Wee County’s first league match away at Keith alongside Calum Howarth.

It is not good news for a side that are hoping to break into the upper echelon of the league table this season to build on the progress made in recent years.

Much like the last few seasons, though, manager Ronnie Sharp is likely to place his faith in youth if his established men cannot play.

“We’re carrying quite a few injuries,” Sharp said.

“Callum Howarth has damaged his Achilles, so he’s going to be out for a wee while. Since we signed him, he has only played four games.

“Scott Davidson and Conor Gethins are struggling with injuries as well, so they won’t be ready for the start of the season.

“We’ve got one boy who has been isolating, he’s due back this week, so we’ve got some key players missing. We’ll just have to adjust to it and maybe give some of the younger boys a chance.”

Nairn are one of the many teams to have been affected by Covid call-offs.

They have been able to return to action already though, seeing off Dufftown 5–0 in a friendly earlier this week, and they are due to travel to Borough Briggs to play Elgin City tomorrow.

With so many cancellations across the board, Sharp is not sure how the start of the competitive season will go for any of the Highland League’s teams.

“We won’t know until it starts, I don’t think, how it’s going to work,” he reasoned.

“If there are cases popping up, are games going to be called off? I don’t know how things are going to go. Hopefully it will go smoothly, but to be honest I think there will be a few bumps in the road.

“It has been a bit difficult getting everybody going, we’ve been lacking consistent training and games. I think everybody is in the same boat though.”

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