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November 17, 2017

Deveronvale v Nairn County - Preview

REJUNVINATED Deveronvale go in search of a sixth win in a row as they welcome Nairn County to Station Park as the visitors aim to arrest a slide that has seen them defeated on their previous four outings.

County boss Ronnie Sharp was encouraged with how his team performed in the derby match with Forres Mechanics last weekend once they had passed the 20-minute mark, although by that stage Nairn were trailing by two goals and despite a valiant effort, were unable to overturn such a deficit.

The visitors will be looking to take that sort of start out of the equation and replicate the level of performance they put in for the remaining 70 minutes of that match across the entirety of this game as they look for a first win in five, a run that has seen the sides above in the league standings them begin to stretch away.

Deveronvale, on the other hand, are on a five-game winning run with their latest outing seeing them progress in the Aberdeenshire Shield on Wednesday night as they comfortably saw off Aberdeen University. They have also recorded league victories over Turriff United, Buckie Thistle, Clachnacuddin and Lossiemouth in an impressive run of form that has seen them leap up to eighth place in the table. Victory in this one will see them climb one spot above Forres Mechanics should the Can Cans be beaten by Wick Academy at Mosset Park.

You can follow live updates from the match on the official Nairn County social media feeds. Simply logon to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all of the action as it happens. A preview of the match is below:

Date: Saturday November 18th 2017

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Deveronvale

Manager: Steve Dolan

Venue: Princess Royal Park, Banff

Previous meeting: Nairn County 3 Deveronvale 0 August 2nd 2017

Last time out: Deveronvale 4 Aberdeen University 0; Nairn County 2 Forres Mechanics 4

League position: Deveronvale 9th Nairn County 12th

Form guides: Deveronvale LWWWWW Nairn County LWLLLL

Team news: The visitors are set to be boosted by the return of Kenny McKenzie and Ryan MacDonald to the squad after both players missed out last time out because of injury. Also returning are Craig Munro and Ryan Macleod, who have been recalled from their loan spells at Inverness Athletic. Gregg Main is out through a long-term knee injury, Callum Maclean is still unable to return to action following a hamstring injury sustained 10 weeks ago, Adam Porritt is away for the weekend and Ewen Urquhart is unavailable. Matty Macleod, Cameron Maclean, Joe Cuthbert and Fraser Wilkie were on the bench last weekend but are included in the under-20s squad this weekend for their away tie at Halkirk United in the quarter finals of the North Caledonian Cup. Ronnie Sharp is set to name a trialist in his matchday squad again.

One to watch: Dane Ballard. The attacking midfielder was captain fantastic for his side in midweek as he skippered them to 4-0 Aberdeenshire Shield success against Aberdeen University, netting a hat-trick at Princess Royal Park to lead the way as the Banffers booked a derby date with Buckie Thistle in the next round thanks to a 4-0 success. The former Fraserburgh powerhouse found the net late on to open the scoring when these two sides last met at Princess Royal Park but Nairn scored a last-minute equaliser before winning that Highland League (Morganti) Cup tie in extra time.

Match officials: Referee Thomas Shaw, Assistants Darren Westmacott and Gary Falconer.

Weather forecast: Light rain shower 6 degrees 41 mph wind.

Admission prices: Adults 8 Concessions 5 (two children under the age of 14 are admitted for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult).