|Nairn County 2
||Elgin City 4
||Frizzel 5, 33, pen 51
Crooks pen 72
Craig Frizzel's first senior hat-trick was the highlight of Elgin's Scottish Cup win at a rainy Station Park. A big travelling City support enjoyed their team's first competitive match at Nairn since their Highland League days, but the home side were never going to make things easy, especially with a string of former Borough Briggs players in their ranks.
Frizzel drew first blood on five minutes, finishing coolly with only keeper Donaldson to beat. County hit back with a couple of dangerous efforts from Craig Campbell, the ex Elgin player who was being booed by the visiting fans.
But City, with Jake Inglis doing well in his first start for the club struck again before the break. Frizzel met David Craig jnr's free kick with a pinpoint header.
Frizz's last act was to slot home a penalty early in the second half to make it 3-0, after Graham Tatters was clattered by former Elgin captain David Hind. The striker was then given a rest, subbed by Brian Cameron.
Nairn finally got on the scoresheet through a Willie Barron header and when Campbell cracked in a second soon after, there was consternation in the away ranks.
But Jason Crooks won and converted a penalty two minutes later to ease his side's nerves.
Top scorer Craig Gunn was denied a fifth near the end, while another ex-Elgin player Tony Low hit the post for the battling home side.
Nairn County: Donaldson, Hind, Mackintosh (Kerr 58), Barron, Craig Campbell, Mackay, Macleod, Gillespie, Glenn Main, Gregg Main, Sanderson (Low 74). Subs Not Used: Coletto, McLeod, Ridgers.
Elgin City: Gibson, Niven, Tatters, Kaczan, David W Craig, Edwards (Calder 43), Gunn, MacAulay, Frizzel (Cameron 53), Inglis, David A Craig (Crooks 65). Subs Not Used: McLeod, Robertson.
Referee: B. Madden
All photos courtesy of Robert Crombie, Elgin City club photographer