Published: 31/12/2012 08:59 - Updated: 31/12/2012 09:03

Nairn edge derby clash against champs

Andrew Neill hit Nairn's winner against Forres Mechanics.
Andrew Neill hit Nairn's winner against Forres Mechanics.

NAIRN County took the Highland League derby honours against champions Forres Mechanics on Saturday when an Andrew Neill goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win.

After almost a month of postponements, Les Fridge’s team were thrilled to finally be back in action and the only goal of the Station Park contest came in the third minute.

The division’s top scorer Conor Gethins saw his chip come back off the crossbar and Neil pounced to drive the ball into the net.

Nairn, who have six games in hand on leaders Cove Rangers, are now just eight points off top spot.

Clach are another side bang on form and their 4-0 weekend win against Fort William took them into third position.

The West Highlanders travelled to Inverness minus a number of key players and that certainly seemed to count.

Goals from Struan Scott-Woodhouse and Scott Graham had the hosts 2-0 ahead by the break.

Clach defender Bruce Milne was sent off on 54 minutes for a clash with Michael Gillespie, but Colin Williamson made it 3-0 on 68 minutes with a deflected effort.

Alan Pollock rounded off the scoring one minute from time to leave the Lilywhites just three points off top spot with three games in hand.

Cove Rangers remain in pole position following their 1-1 draw at Fraserburgh and Wick Academy are one point behind the leaders after their 3-0 derby win at home to Brora Rangers.

Steve Paterson’s Formartine United are now fifth in the table following their 3-1 victory at Inverurie Locos.

Two players from each team were sent off as Strathspey Thistle defeated Rothes 3-1 and Keith ran out 2-0 winners against visitors Huntly.

Deveronvale and Turriff United shared six goals at Banff, while 10-man Buckie Thistle were 4-0 winners at Lossiemouth.

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