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Nairn County manager Ronnie Sharp is fed up of waiting to play Rothes in the League Cup


By Andrew Henderson


Nairn County manager Ronnie Sharp has admitted he just wants to get the Highland League Cup match against Rothes out of the way after a series of postponements.

Nairn County v Clachnacuddin Scottish Cup First Round..Adam Porritt kicking the ball with Callum Maclean coming up behind..Picture: James F Mackenzie..
Nairn County v Clachnacuddin Scottish Cup First Round..Adam Porritt kicking the ball with Callum Maclean coming up behind..Picture: James F Mackenzie..

Tomorrow will be the fourth time the tie has been attempted, with the next round of the competition due to take place this weekend.

It is not the first time Wee County have been in this situation, but Sharp would like to see an end to the unpredictability that has come with the call-offs.

“We had it a couple of years ago when we played Deveronvale,” Sharp recalled.

“It was postponed quite a few times and then we finally played it on the Wednesday, it went to extra time and then the next round was a few days later on the Saturday.

“It’s a bit unfair, you have no time to prepare for the next round, which is this weekend. You don’t even know who you’re playing on Saturday.

“If we get through I think it’s Keith, if we don’t we play Turriff in the league.

“It’s really hard to organise things. Everybody plays differently, so it’s hard to know what you’re going against.

“We’re hanging about to see if the Wednesday game goes ahead, so hopefully it will be dry for a couple of days and the game goes ahead.

“Then either way it will be done.”

Dylan Maclean should be back in goal, a timely return with Will Counsell’s loan deal having expired.

Sharp is still having to deal with the absences of Dylan Mackenzie, Callum Maclean, Tom Maclennan, Adam Naismith and Craig Munro through injuries.

Adam Porritt is also a doubt as he is expecting the birth of his first child.

But those missing players did not stop Nairn beating Huntly 3-1 last weekend.

“We had a few chances before they scored, I thought they scored against the run of play which set us back a little bit,” Sharp said.

“After that we changed things around and got a little more comfortable in the game, and it worked out.

“We got the equaliser, then we got the goal right after half time which settled us. We played well in the second half.

“Probably the best player on the park was their goalkeeper.”



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