Published: 25/07/2013 06:00 - Updated: 24/07/2013 07:04

Fridge hails fresh firepower at Nairn

Written byBy Nick Humphreys

Nairn County's Daniel Moore, snapped up from Third Division Elgin City this summer, netted twice in his team's 7-1 pre-season romp against Inverness City.
Nairn County's Daniel Moore, snapped up from Third Division Elgin City this summer, netted twice in his team's 7-1 pre-season romp against Inverness City.

NAIRN County manager Les Fridge believes his "intelligent and quick" attacking players can again fire the team up the Highland League table after cruising to a 7-1 friendly rout against Inverness City at the weekend.

The Wee County, who have been bolstered going forward by the addition of ex-Elgin City duo Stuart Leslie and Daniel Moore, have been among the division’s highest scorers over the past few years, with their goals taking them to fourth spot last season.

Fridge said: "We’ve always been a very attacking side and have been amongst the top scorers in the league in recent seasons. We’ve got some very intelligent and quick attacking players."

The Station Park men were in seventh heaven after their rout of North Junior Division One opponents City on Saturday.

New signing Moore was at the double for Nairn with his first goals for the club, as was last season’s Highland League top scorer and player-of-the-year Conor Gethins. David Watson, Ross Naismith and Sean Webb also weighed in to compound City’s fate.

Fridge explained: "It was a good exercise, I’m not too interested in the result but we played well.

"All round, it was a good 90 minutes, although these games are a bit false because you’re making seven or eight substitutions to give everyone game time and we changed shape a few times as well.

"It was good for us to get on the scoresheet and I’m sure Daniel Moore will chip in with a few more when the season is under way."

Nairn could face Caley Thistle under-20s on Saturday before their first competitive match against Strathspey Thistle in the first round of the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup next Tuesday.

Fridge is waiting to see if strikers Robbie Duncanson and John Cameron can shake off knocks to be fit in time for the weekend.

Nairn, meanwhile, have completed the signing of talented midfielder Archie Macphee, who was on the radar of several clubs, both in the Scottish League and Highland League.

We reported last week that Fridge was tracking the 20-year-old former Ross County player, and he joins Moore, Leslie and ex-Clach forward Gary Kerr as their latest summer recruit.

* Nairn County beat Inverness Welfare side Dores 4-0 at Farr on Tuesday night.

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