|Sid wins it for Nairn|
Steven Mackay's goal early in the second half saw Nairn County get back to winning ways at Station Park but they made heavy weather of seeing off a Rothes side who almost battled their way to a first point of the season.
The hosts broke the deadlock with just five minutes on the clock when Craig Campbell latched onto David Hind's ball out of defence to the right of goal before going round goalkeeper Willie Ridgers and rolling the ball into the net.
Rothes restored parity just two minutes later though when Nairn goalkeeper Callum Donaldson came out for Scott Robison's long ball forward but dropped it to Mike Smith who knocked in the Speysiders' equaliser.
Campbell was at the heart of most things for the hosts and latched onto a Mackay ball forward and teed it up for Dale Gillespie but his effort flew over the crossbar.
Rothes stunned Station Park by going in front on 22 minutes. Robison was the creative spark again as he chipped the ball over the home defence for Mike Smith who fired beyond Donaldson for his second of the afternoon.
It took the home side just six minutes to get back on level terms though as Brian Macleod's free kick from the half way line sent Campbell on a run up the left side of the pitch. He cut inside before striking the woodwork with his shot with Dale Gillespie on hand to fire home the rebound.
Donaldson ensured his side went in level at the break as he flew through the air to tip away Smith's net bound header off a Kris Duncan cross from the right.
Half time: Nairn County 2 Rothes 2
The hosts grabbed what turned out to be the winning goal three minutes after the restart as half time substitute Tony Low made an immediate impression. He raced up the left before delivering a low cross that was turned home by Steven Mackay from four yards out.
Just two minutes later, Mackay almost netted his second of the afternoon with a free kick from 25 yards out up his effort curled past the left post.
The game then went quiet as Rothes failed to respond to the setback of going behind again although they created a chance 62 minutes in when Ashley Grant's low and powerful strike hit Nairn defender Martin Sanderson and spin up into the air before dropping on the wrong side of the post.
Former Nairn goalkeeper Willie Ridgers kept Rothes in the game 10 minutes from time as he got down well to parry a Mackay volley low to his right.
Rothes had one final chance to snatch a share of the spoils when Duncan blasted a powerful free kick from a central position at the edge of the box that flashed over the crossbar as Nairn recorded their second home league win of the season.
Full time: Nairn County 3 Rothes 2
Reporter: Adam Hamilton
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