Scot Ads HL Fixture Wick Academy Fc v Fort William FC 5/11/05
|Academy in Seventh Heaven
Wick Academy have won back to back matches since losing in the North of Scotland Cup semi final and with Fort William the visitors the home team were confident they could make it three in a row and they did just that in tremendous fashion.
The first opening of the game came from a Gary Manson corner in the fourth minute, when the ball fell for Graeme Reid and from twelve yards out he struck a left foot shot which flew high over Hutchison's bar.
At the other end a dangerous inswinging cross from teenager Davie Robertson found Ryan Haggerty unmarked 10yds from goal however he sent his header wide of MacMillan's righthand post to the relief of the home support.
Back came Wick when Martin Gunn surged forward to unleash a powerful strike from 25yds which flew inches over the Fort crossbar.
However the home support didn't have long to wait to see their team take the lead.
With 9mins played Nigel Mackenzie picked the ball up in midfield and advanced forward before laying the ball into the path of his brother Jamie at the edge of the 18yd box, Jamie took a touch before firing a scorching right-foot shot high inside Hutchison's left-hand post to the delight of the Wick support.
Wick 1 v 0 Fort
Wick increased their lead three minutes later when Nigel Mackenzie received the ball on the edge of the Fort box from Gary Farquhar before skipping the challenges of three Fort defenders before firing the ball low inside Hutchison's right-hand post from 12yds.
Wick 2 v 0 Fort
Wick were in full flow passing the ball about with confidence, and this play had Fort on the back foot for most of the first half.
And it came as no surprise when Wick added to their tally in 25mins when Davie Cowie drove down the right before firing the ball low into the box, Wick's MacLeod reacted quickly to control the ball before laying the ball into the path of Gary Farquhar near the penalty spot, the midfielder's first time shot flew low inside Hutchison's right-hand post.
Wick 3 v 0 Fort
Wick were well and truely in control of this match and Fort had no answer to Wick's movement and passing which was a joy to watch.
Wick thought they had increased their lead a minute later when Jamie MacKenzie challenged Hutchison in the Fort goal for a cross ball and as the ball broke loose Jamie MacKenzie followed up to smash the ball high into the empty goal from 8yds, however Referee Baxter blew for an infringement on the Fort goalie and the goal was disallowed.
Gary Farquhar and Martin Gunn exchanged passes deep inside Fort's half with the latter firing the ball into the Fort box to Farquhar who had kept up his forward run however the midfielder could only watch as his 12yd diving header was blocked by the back of a Fort defender before being cleared to safety.
However Fort did manage a foray out of their own half when MacIntosh went on a solo run to the edge of the Wick box before firing a tame effort straight at MacMillan in the Wick goal from 18yds.
Again Wick went on the attack, MOM Nigel MacKenzie went on an amazing run that started just inside Fort's half, the jet heeled forward drove forward evading several challenges to find himself clear in on goal with only the Fort keeper to beat, however he rushed his shot by firing high over from 16yds.
The Fort players were being run ragged and were glad to hear referee Baxter's whistle to signal the end of the half.
Half-Time: Wick 3 v 0 Fort.
Fort William were quick out of the traps in the second half and grabbed a lifeline just a minute after the restart. Wick's Reid felled Haggerty on the edge of the Wick penalty area, and from the resultant free-kick David Robertson stepped forward to curl a tremendous left footed effort high inside MacMillan's right-hand post to silence the large Wick crowd.
Wick 3 v 1 Fort
This stunned Wick into action, Mark Nichol took a return pass from Nigel MacKenzie before unleashing a thunderous 20yd drive which flew inches by Hutchison's right-hand post.
However Wick regained their three goal lead in 51mins through Gary Farquhar to extinguish any hopes Fort had of a come back, Jamie Mackenzie was the architect driving up the left wing before cutting the ball back to the former St Johnstone midfielder at the edge of the Fort penalty area, Farquhar's fierce first time left foot shot flew high over Angus Hutchison in the Fort goal and inside the left-hand post to give the midfielder his second and Wick's fourth goal of the match.
Wick 4 v 1 Fort
Fort had no answer to Wick's fast moving play although they tried very hard to compete.
Martin Gunn was next to try his luck when he unleashed a 25yd thunderbolt which flew inches by Hutchison's right-hand post.
Again Wick went on the attack, Andrew MacLeod collected the ball out on the right before sending the ball into the Fort box, Nichol timed his run into the box to perfection to send a diving header goalwards from 14yds which Hutchison did well to hold down low to his left.
Wick 5 v 1 Fort
The confidence had well and truely drained from the Fort players, however Wick kept pushing forward.
Jamie MacKenzie worked space for himself inside the Fort penalty area before firing a fierce right-foot shot goalwards only to see his shot come back off Hutchison's left-hand post before being cleared to safety by the Fort defence.
Fort were trying hard to halt a confident Wick team, however try as hard as they did they could do nothing to prevent Wick adding to their score in 80mins when former Dundee Utd player Martin Gunn netted his first goal of the season when he ran onto a deep cross from David Cowie, sliding in at the back post to net from 2yds out from a very tight angle.
Wick 6 v 1 Fort
The scoring was not finished there, four minutes later Mark Nichol scored Wick's seventh of the match.
Wick 7 v 1 Fort
Fort were by now looking every bit like a side looking for it's first points of the HL campaign and were looking to referee Baxter to bring a halt to proceedings.
However before he could Wick created one last opportunity when Mark Nichol was sent into the Fort box by a tremendous through ball from Nigel MacKenzie, Nichol's fierce left-foot shot from 14yds flew across Hutchison and inches by the keeper's left-hand post.
On hearing referee Baxter's whistle bringing an end to proceedings, the large Wick support showed their appreciation by giving the Wick players a well deserved applause as they left the park.
This result moves Wick up to within one point of Nairn County, the only other Highland side to have won their last three games thus ensuring a mouth watering league encounter when the two teams meet next saturday at Nairn.
Fort on the otherhand remain firmly stuck at the bottom of the table and in need of some confidence.
However with Big Rab back in the fold I'm sure he will be giving his all to try and change Fort's luck.
Fort: Hutchison, Nguyen(Gannon 70), Taylor, Irvine, Horsburgh, Dougal(Tite 53), Robertson, Haggerty, MacIntosh, Wainwright, Nisbet.