Nairn County 2-1 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 24th August 2013

Lossie suffered a second away league defeat on a grey day in Nairn. The Station Park side took an early lead through Conor Gethins and doubled their advantage in the second half when Daniel Moore struck. A lateWillie Mathers goal rattled the hosts but Lossie failed to find an equaliser in the dying minutes.

Lossie travelled with as big a squad as seen in many a game, with onlyScott Wilson and Gary Macdonald missing.

Nairn fans confidently predicting a heavy win for the hosts would have been happy to see the opening goal scored inside of ten minutes. A Lossie attack broke down in the Nairn half and Nairn swiftly moved the ball back towards the Lossie goal, finding Conor GETHINS who produced an exquisite chip overErrol Watson from just inside the corner of the six yard box to get his side off the mark.

Nairn failed to fully capitalise on the opening goal and began to drift in and out of the game. Lossie were far from overawed by their opponents and, if anything, looked the more composed of the two sides in a game which thundered from end to end in the first half.

Liam Archibald came closest to levelling the scores when his rising long range strike looked to be dropping under the bar, only to be palmed over by Donaldson.

Lossie continued to press deep into injury time, but failed to take advantage of a pair of corners in the closing minutes of the half.

Half time – Nairn County 1-0 Lossiemouth 

Nairn started the second half better than they finished the first, and when Michael Morrison crashed a header off the post in the opening minutes, Nairn looked like they’d go on to grab control of the game.

A second goal put Nairn well in the driving seat. A stand side free kick was played into Daniel MOORE who thundered the ball low past Watson from 18 yards.

Substitutions made after the second goal saw Lossie find another gear. Ricky Wardrop and Willie Mathers were introduced for Miller and Davidson and Wardrop provided extra bit in the middle of the park, while Mathers pace out wide gave Nairn plenty to think about.

Lossie were still searching for a route back into the game and were inches away when a corner to the back post was met by the head of Chris Ross, who saw his powerful header strike the upright.

Lossie found themselves back in the game with 15 minutes left. Willie Mathers outpaced the Nairn defence to find room to rifle the ball below Donaldson.

The goal gave Lossie belief that a point might be possible, but game changed in the closing minutes as Nairn slowed things down in a bid to see the game out. Nairn held on for their second league win of the season, while Lossie can take a lot of positives from a fine performance against the title challengers.

Full time – Nairn County 2-1 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Darren Bailey, Chris Ross, Jamie McKinnon, Kevin Flett,Scott Miller (Ricky Wardrop, 67), Greig Watson (Jordan Main, 85), Liam Archibald, Callum Dunbar,Matty Davidson (Willie Mathers, 60); Unused subs – Grant Mitchell, Kyle Robertson

Nairn County – Callum Donaldson, Sean Webb, Michael Morrison, Martin MacDonald, Adam Naismith, Andrew Neill, Wayne MacKintosh, Daniel Moore, Stuart Leslie, John Cameron (Gregg Main 84), Connors Gethins; Unused subs – Michael MacCallum, Glen Main, Gary Kerr, Archie MacPhee