Nairn County defender Callum Maclean reckons tonight’s Highland League derby encounter with former club Clach is his side’s biggest game of the season.
Ronnie Sharp’s side are 14th in the table but have the chance to move within five points of their rivals with a victory at Station Park tonight as they attempt to gain revenge for Clach’s 1-0 victory in Inverness in September.
Maclean played for the Lilywhites as a teenager and relishes the fixture more than any other on the calendar.
He said: “It’s a massive game for us – our biggest game of the season.
“We are quite close to them in the table but there is obviously the rivalry there, too.
“I used to play for them, so it’s always good to go back and give them a hard game. I’m confident we can.
“A lot of our supporters maybe think Forres is a bigger rivalry but, being from Inverness myself, Clach is the one I look forward to.
“We have been getting the performances recently but not the results. We have conceded some unlucky goals recently but hopefully our luck will change.”
Strathspey Thistle can move off the bottom of the table if they defeat Fort William at Claggan Park.
The Jags have several absentees, including Scott Hume, Jack Maley and James Mackay and manager Brian Grant said: “Fort William have done well recently but usually we play not too badly against them.
“We are not a bad side, we just need to score more goals.”
Lossiemouth will be eager to build on last Friday’s stunning 4-1 victory against Brora Rangers last week when manager Charlie Charlesworth takes the Coasters to his former club Deveronvale.