Lossiemouth gave Nairn County a run for their money on Saturday at a sunny Station Park, with the Coasters taking an early lead before being undone by a four goal turn from Nairn’s Sam Urquhart.
Charlie Charlesworth was back in the Lossie dugout, taking charge at The Bernagow for a second time following a successful spell between 2008 and 2012. Two years spent drying tears and dealing with tantrums at Princess Royal Park went unappreciated by the Deveronvale faithful and he was welcomed back to Lossie as the Coasters attempt to build on the progress made by Steven Dunn.
Nairn have had no such managerial issues, with Les Fridge having been in charge for what seems like most of the centenary the Wee County are currently celebrating, but a poor start to the season has left Nairn stuck in mid-table and almost as far from the title race as their visitors.
The game coincided with the Nairn County Ladies Day, a relatively recent phenomenon in Highland League circles. As Shawn SCOTT scored the opener from the penalty spot, the fairer half of Nairn cheered loudly, seemingly unaware that it was Lossie who had taken the lead. The ladies would go on to enjoy their day, cheering at anything that happened as the pre-match Lambrini took effect.
Lossie’s own Ladies Day back in August saw 150 high-heeled punters treated to a seven goal thriller and the Nairn contingent witnessed the same number of goals, with Lossie no doubt relieved the game wasn’t as one sided as the one their own well-dressed guests were party to that day (Inverurie scored all seven).
Nairn were unamused by Lossie’s attempts to impress the ladies and Martin MACDONALD got their attention when he headed home an equaliser, and Sam URQUHART put Nairn into the lead minutes after the break. Conor Gethins saw his penalty saved by Connor Hall as Lossie kept Nairn at bay but URQUHART went on to finish off Lossie by himself, scoring all four of Nairn’s second half goals. Willie MATHERS scored in the middle of the four as Lossie kept working hard, but there was no stopping Nairn as they coasted towards full time with Urquhart deservedly going home with the man of the match award.
Lossie now face a double header of games against the two sides directly below, first travelling to Keith before hosting Huntly as the Coasters attempt to hold on to top spot in the mini-league of six teams at the bottom which has now been cut adrift from the rest of the league.
Full time – Nairn County 5-2 Lossiemouth