nairncountyA Dylan MacKenzie double-brace helped Nairn County maintain a seven game unbeaten run at Christie Park with a 4-3 win over Huntly.

Manager Martin Skinner rang the changes for the hosts with Alexander Jack into the starting eleven with debutant Christopher Herd while Grant Campbell started in midfield after returning on loan. Glenn Murison and Paul Esslemont were both injured while Euan Storrier was serving a one game suspension following his sending off against Lossiemouth. Nairn were missing former Huntly player Adam Naismith through work commitments.


With 50 seconds played, Logan Johnstone gave the ball away to Dylan MacKenzie who gave the visitors the lead with a 25 yard stunner.

The lead didn’t last and Huntly were on level terms after three minutes when Alexander Thoirs took down a David Booth cross before firing in at the back post for his first goal for a year.

In the twelfth minutes, David Booth flicked on an Alexander Thoirs cross for Ross Still to fire in with a right-footed volley from the edge of the area.

For the second game running, Huntly conceded a penalty. Craig Reid did well to block Dylan MacKenzie’s initial strike before clipping the forward’s feet. Mackenzie sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot for the equaliser.

There were still chances at either end after the half-hour mark, Nicholas Gray found the side netting in the 31 st minute before Thoirs denied MacKenzie from getting his hat-trick with a timely challenge a minute later.

Six minutes from the interval, a mix-up between Bradley Manson and Craig Reid saw Dylan MacKenzie take advantage before dispossessing the keeper and slotting into the net for his hat-trick.

Half-Time: Huntly 2 Nairn County 3

Dylan MacKenzie got on the scoresheet once again netting with a free header after good work from Max Ewan.

Reid kept out what looked like a certain fifth minutes later getting down low to hold a Liam Shewan low drive.

Nicholas Gray ensured a nervy finish with nine minutes remaining when he ran by two opposition players before firing in low for his first goal since 2 nd March.

Another Reid save prevent County from extending their lead with minutes left keeping out substitute Seamus McConaghy late on.

Huntly (4-4-2)
Nairn County (4-2-1-3)

13 Craig Reid

2 Alexander Jack
4 Christopher Herd
5 Logan Johnstone
18 Bradley Manson (McDonald 77:17)

19 Alexander Thoirs (McKeown 67:23)
22 Grant Campbell (captain)
7 Ross Still
8 Kai Ross

10 David Booth (Davidson 62:42)
9 Nicholas Gray

1 Dylan MacLean

2 Callum Ednie
4 Callum MacLean (captain)
5 Fraser Dingwall
3 Cohen Ramsay

6 Tom MacLennan
8 Gordon McNab

10 Kenneth McKenzie

7 Max Ewan
9 Dylan MacKenzie (Porritt 76:47)
11 Liam Shewan (McConaghy 76:49)


1 John Farquhar
11 Neale Davidson subbed on (Booth 62:42)
12 Reece McKeown subbed on (Thoirs 67:25)
14 Liam MacDonald
15 Matthew McDonald subbed on (Manson 77:17)
17 Cory Ritchie
20 Cai Matthew


12 Adam Porritt subbed on (D Mackenzie 76:47)
14 SEamus McConaghy subbed on (Shewan 76:49)
15 Ryan MacDonald
16 Glenn Main
17 Craig Munro
18 Jack MacLean
20 James Kendall

Management Team

  1. Martin Skinner (Manager, pictured)
  2. Richard Cheyne (Assistant Manager)
  3. John Farquhar (Coach)
  4. Iain Ralston (First Aid)

Management Team

  1. Ronald Sharp (Manager, pictured)
  2. Mark Greig
Referee: Alan Proctor
Assistant Referee 1: John Black
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Buchanan
  1. Alexander Thoirs (03:03)
  2. Ross Still (12:17)
  3. Nicholas Gray (80:37)
  1. Dylan MacKenzie (00:50)
  2. Dylan MacKenzie (26:35 penalty)
  3. Dylan MacKenzie (39:31)
  4. Dylan MacKenzie (71:20 header)
  1. Kai Ross (38:38 dissent)
  2. Alexander Thoirs (52:12 simulation)
  3. David Booth (56:14)
  4. Grant Campbell (81:51)
  1. Callum Ednie (73:08)
Sendings off

Match Statistics
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