Speysiders move above Keith into 11 th place in the league af­ter com­fort­able home win

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - THESCORE - BY DAVE ED­WARDS

Rothes for­ward Jaime Wil­son was glad to see his side’s hard work pay off as they eased to a com­fort­able 6-1 vic­tory over Nairn County.

The re­sult moved the Speysiders above Keith and into 11th spot in the Highland League, although the mar­gin of vic­tory flat­tered the home side.

Wil­son, who pro­duced a man of the match per­for­mance and chipped in with two goals, said: “We took our chances and our fin­ish­ing was clin­i­cal.

“We’ve been work­ing re­ally hard in train­ing and our fit­ness lev­els are good and that showed out there.

“I ran about 80 yards to get on the end of Steven An­der­son’s great pass to score our fi­nal goal. He did re­ally well to set it up for me and I was pleased to get on the end of it.”

Rothes were at full strength with de­fender Paul Ma­cLeod mak­ing his first start af­ter five months out re­cov­er­ing from a heart-re­lated ill­ness to line up against the club he served with dis­tinc­tion for nine sea­sons.

Striker Liam She­wan, signed by County from Clach, was given a start up front along­side Max Ewan.

The home side came close to open­ing the scor­ing when An­der­son’s fierce drive from the edge of the box flew a yard wide of the far post.

A poor clear­ance from Rothes goal­keeper Rob­bie Don­ald­son landed at Adam Nai­smith’s feet but Don­ald­son got back be­tween the sticks in time to gather the mid­fielder’s poorly struck 25-yard ef­fort.

In the 40th minute Rothes took the lead when County goal­keeper James Ken­dall’s poor clear­ance fell to Ally Suther­land 35 yards out, and he clev­erly lobbed the ball back over the stranded goal­keeper for the opener.

Rothes dou­bled their ad­van­tage a minute from half-time when County failed to clear An­der­son’s deep cross and Wil­son ghosted in at the back post to send a div­ing header into the back of the net.

Two min­utes into the sec­ond half County pulled one back when Co­hen Ram­sey’s curl­ing free kick was met by Cal­lum Ma­cLeod who got the deftest of touches to steer the ball un­der Don­ald­son’s body.

Rothes re­stored their two-goal ad­van­tage on the hour mark when Alan Pol­lock’s lon­grange free-kick was met by County’s Glenn Main whose at­tempted 12-yard headed clear­ance, un­der in­tense pres­sure from Wil­son, sailed high over Ken­dall’s head into his own net.

With 14 min­utes left, Speysiders’ sub­sti­tute and for­mer Nairn County favourite Gary Kerr al­most burst the net with a glo­ri­ous 25-yard ef­fort to net the goal of the game.

Two min­utes later the Nairn de­fence failed to clear their lines from a cor­ner and Rothes cen­tre half Bruce Milne’s down­ward header squeezed un­der Ken­dall for the home side’s fifth goal.

Rothes made it six with three min­utes to go when An­der­son broke free, fed Wil­son, and on the run he beat Ken­dall

with a su­perb 12-yard drive.

Dis­ap­pointed Nairn County de­fender Adam Por­ritt said: “There def­i­nitely wasn’t five goals be­tween the sides but we gave away too many goals, all from in­di­vid­ual mis­takes.” MacLean 62), She­wan 6. Sub­sti­tutes not used: Dey, Ed­nie, C. MacLean. Ref­eree – Alan Proctor 7 At­ten­dance – 300 Man of the match – Jaime Wil­son

ROTHES (4-4-2)

– Don­ald­son 7, Ma­cLeod 7 (Bal­lam 71), Neil 6 (Wood 61), Milne 7, Duff 7, Ma­ley 6, An­der­son 7, Dun­can 7, Wil­son 8, Pol­lock 6, Suther­land 7 (Kerr 66). Sub­sti­tutes not used: Cor­mack, Stark,


(4-1-4-1) – Ken­dall 6, Ding­wall 6, Por­ritt 7, MacLean 6, Main 6, MacLennan 7, MacKen­zie 6, Nai­smith 7 (D. MacKen­zie 62), Ram­sey 6, Ewan 6 (J.

OPENER: Alis­dair Suther­land of Rothes scores with a lob from well out­side the box. Pho­to­graphs by Sandy McCook.

Early ac­tion in the Rothes goal­mouth, with the side un­der pres­sure af­ter a cor­ner

Rothes keeper Robert Don­ald­son is beaten, how­ever the goal was dis­al­lowed

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