NAIRN County manager Les Fridge says the trip to Brora this weekend is all about the three points, and the clubs’ recent history is water under the bridge.
Brora are the big spenders of this season’s Highland League, including signing several players from Nairn such as Steven Mackay and David Hind.
Nairn beat Brora 6-0 at Station Park in September, and Fridge says the matter was dealt with in that fixture.
"We’ve had that first game so I don’t think it’ll have that same spice to it. The first time round was at Nairn so I think that was always going to be the one where all that came out.
"They’re one point and one place above us, so we’ll just get on with it and not read too much into it."
The Wee County are 10th in the Highland League, with 26 points, while Brora are ninth with 27 points.
However, Nairn have played seven games less. Fridge says a loss of momentum is a worry for Nairn, after their scheduled fixture against Buckie Thistle was cancelled because of a frozen pitch:
"It’s always a problem when you’ve got a lack of games, match-sharpness always comes into it. But we’ve just got to get on with it."
Nairn’s raft of postponed games over the winter means they’ve played only 12 games, the least in the Highland League. If they were to win their games in hand they would be just one point behind leaders Wick, but Fridge says that knowledge isn’t necessarily to his side’s benefit.
"There are two ways of looking at it. If we win the games in hand it’s great, but sometimes it is better to have the points on the board."
However, Fridge says the silver lining to all the cancelled games is that he has a fully fit squad to pick from. "That’s probably the only good thing about having postponed games, all of our players who were out should be cleared up."