Nairn County U19s v Wick Academy U19s

Wick Academy travelled to Nairn on the back of a confidence boosting win against Inverness Clach only to come unstuck at Nairn.
The match was marred by some unbelievable decisions by the ref in charge of the match, which saw Caithness SFA listed Referee Willie Sinclair relinquish his duties as a stand in assistant midway through the first half.
Nairn started the match in determined fashion and scored under strange circumstances with a minute on the clock, the ball was lofted into the Wick box, Sinclair challenged a Nairn forward with both players missing the ball, which allowed the ball to run out for a bye kick. However as the Nairn players retreated and the Wick players were getting what they thought was their ball the referee astonished both teams when he awarded Nairn a penalty kick much to the annoyance of the Wick players and management team of Davie Dunn and Colin Cormack and even more so the Nairn players.
Quite rightly so Nairn defender Hpone wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth  and placed the ball on the penalty spot before dispatching the ball beyond Wick Keeper Lee Sutherland into the bottom righthand corner of the net.
Nairn 1 v 0 Wick
Immediately after the restart Nairn went two in front under controversial circumstances when a mix up between the wick midfield gave possession away to Nairn, the ball was quickly dispatched over the Wick defence for Haines to run onto, however the raised flag of standside assistant Willie Sinclair for offside was waved away by the referee to allow Haines who was 4yds off-side to run through on goal to fire low inside Sutherland's righthand post. 
Nairn 2 v 0 Wick
Four minutes later the game was turning into a nightmare for the Wick team, when they went three behind, with the referee once again having a hand in proceedings when he once again ignored Willie Sinclair's raised flag for Haines this time being 3yds offside allowing Haines to run through to rifle the ball beyond Sutherland from 12yds much to the annoyance of the referee's  assistant Willie Sinclair and the Wick team.
Nairn 3 v 0 Wick
The Wick players gathered themselves after that shock start and pulled a goal back in 25mins when Christopher Taylor broke out of defence evading the tackles of the Nairn players on the way before unleashing a 35yd screamer high beyond McInnes in the Nairn goal.
Nairn 3 v 1 Wick.
A minute later Nairn went further in front, once again in controversial circumstances, when Nairn's attacking play caused panic in the Wick defence, as Wick's Richardson attempted clear the ball from danger he was impeeded by a Nairn attacker, however the referee waved away the strong claims from the Wick players for a foul on their player to allow MacIntosh a clear few of goal which he wasn't about to give up and fired the ball goalwards from 16yds which Sutherland got a hand too but couldn't prevent the ball from entering the net.
Nairn 4 v 1 Wick
This was the last straw for Caithness Referee Willie Sinclair who was clearly upset by the referee's decisions and decided to relinguish his assistant duties in protest and walked from the park to watch the rest of the match from the stands.
Back came Wick and they pulled another goal back when Martin Sinclair gathered the ball 18yds out on the left before cutting across the Nairn box before redirecting a right foot shot back across McInnes and inside the keepers righthand post.
Nairn 4 v 2 Wick
Wick could sense they had an opportunity to get back into the game further and went on the attack again, whenintense pressure forced Nairn into conceding a free-kick 20yds from goal, Kevin Swanson stepped up to fire a tremendous right foot shot towards McInnes's righthand corner of the net only for McInnes to react brillantly to save the ball  from under his crossbar.
Nairn took further confidence from the goalkeepers heroics to stretch their lead even further 3mins from the end of the half when Nairn's MacIntosh was allowed a free header 6yds out before directing the ball beyond the despairing arms of Sutherland.
Nairn 5 v 2 Wick
Nairn kept pressing for the remaining minutes of the half before the referee blew for the end of the first half proceedings.
Half-time: Nairn 5 v 2 Wick
Any hopes of Wick getting back into the game were killed off 3mins after the restart when once again poor defending from the Wick defence at a corner allowed Scott Hendry to rise unchallenged to head past Sutherland from 8yds
Nairn 6 v 2 Wick
Wick kept plugging away and scored their third goal in 55mins when Gary Weir drove at the Nairn defence before unleashing a 30yd drive which broke of a Nairn defender to Scott Mackay Steven who drilled the ball low beyond McInnes from 12yds.
Nairn 6 v 3 Wick
Poor defending by Wick again proved to be their undoing in 80mins, when Christopher Taylor tried to play his way out of defence and into trouble when he was dispossessed by MacIntosh 18yds out, the young midfielder looked up before firing the ball low inside Sutherland's righthand post.
 Nairn 7 v 3 Wick
And things went from bad to worse for Wick when Nairn increased their lead in 84mins, sloppy defending by the Wick players from a corner from the right allowed McWilliam to rise unchallenged to bullet a free header from 12yds over Sutherland and into the net.
Nairn 8 v 3 Wick
Both teams played out the remaining minutes which was a bad day at the office for both the Wick players and the referee.
Full-time: Nairn 8 v 3 Wick
At the end of the day sloppy defending and bad referee decisions cost Wick dearly, however the Wick players need to learn that they must play to the referee's whistle.
As for the referee, I'm reliably informed that his handling of the match is to be reported to the appropriate authority.
Manager Davie Dunn will be hoping that his youngsters will bounce back from this reverse when they entertain Nairn in their next league fixture at the Harmsworth Park.
(Refer to Youth Fixtures)

McInnes, Hpone, Park, G.MacLeod, Hendry, Haines, P.MacLeod, MacIntosh, MacDonald, Robertson, McWilliam.
Subs: McKenna, Liddell, Morcanti, Murray, Clarke.

Wick; Sutherland, Richardson, S. Sinclair, Taylor, Green(G.Devita 85), Steven, Bain, Weir, M.Sinclair(Falconer 45), Swanson(J. MacLeod 75).
Subs not used: C.McKiddie.

Highland League Fixture - Brora Rangers v Wick Academy

Wick win first derby of 2005-2006 03-Sep-2005
The eagerly anticipated first Highland derby match of the season took place at Dudgeon Park this afternoon with the home side going into this one with high hopes of another home win.

Nevertheless it was Wick who were first out of the traps and they almost went ahead in the first minute of the game. Nigel Mackenzie put Murray Coghill through goal but his 12 yard shot was charged down by Michael Gray and the danger was cleared.

Wick were on the attack again and this time Gary Manson supplied the cross which found Jamie Mackenzie in space, with only the keeper to beat he dragged his left foot shot across Gray's  goal and wide of the lefthand post from 10yds, however he was to atone for the miss shortly after.

Just before the half hour mark Wick went ahead. A deep cross into the box by Gunn was met at the back post by Murray Coghill who headed the ball back across goal for Jamie Mackenzie who buried a left foot shot beyond Gray from 12 yards.
Brora 0 v 1 Wick

With Wick dominating the half, Brora were rarely seen as an attacking force, however Wick spurned several goal scoring opportunities to increase their lead.

However Brora did manage a foray into the Wick half when  on he stroke of half time youngster Shane Sutherland drove up the left wing before cutting inside onto his right foot to strike an 18yd shot which was deflected by MacMillan's lefthand post for a corner by Alex Lamb's outstretched leg.

Half-Time: Brora 0 v 1 Wick
Having tested his range before the break Sutherland then went even closer with a carbon copy of his first half effort just three minutes after the restart, however his 18yd right foot shot rattled Don MacMillan's right hand post.

At the other end Martin Gunn played the ball out to the left for the lively Murray Coghill. He played it down the line for Jamie Mackenzie whose first time low delivery into the box saw Nigel Mackenzie clash with Michael Gray leaving the two players requiring medical treatment.

Wick doubled their advantage with just 15 minutes remaining and once again Murray Coghill was involved, this time he sent in a dangerous inswinging cross between Goalkeeper and defence to catch the forward run beyond the Brora defence of Jamie MacKenzie who rattled a left foot shot inside Gray's righthand post from 10 yards out.

Brora 0 v 2 Wick
Brora made some tactical changes thereafter and those changes caused WIck problems with Sam MacKay and Arron Smith at the heart of everything good from Brora.

And their pressure was to pay off ten minutes from the end when Sub Aaron Smith drove to the byeline on the right and his low cross to MacMillan's near post was cleverly flicked into the net by the heel of Connor Campbell from 2yds.

Brora 1 v 2 Wick

Brora continued to take the game to Wick in search of the equaliser and only desperate defending and poor finishing from Brora prevented them from doing so.

Wick made one last surge forward when Nigel MacKenzie and Martin MacGregor found themselves two on one with a Brora defender, however MacKenzie failed to spot his team mate getting up to assist him and in an attempt to go around the Brora defender he lost possession and the chance was gone to go further in front.

Back came Brora and a deep throw in from the right by Campbell cause panic in the Wick defence and a poor clearance landed at Sam MacKays feet 18yds out however he could only watch his hurried shot rising high over MacMillan's bar and with it Brora's last opportunity of clinching a point for his team.

On hearing the final whistle the Wick players and management were jubilant as were the Wick Supporters in the crowd, in a match that Wick fully deserved on the balance of play.

Full Time: Brora Rangers 1 Wick Academy 2

Their was two bookings in tame derby affair between the two sides, Brora's Innes and Wick's Manson.

Man of the Match: Jamie MacKenzie for his two goal contribution as well as his all round involvement in everything Wick created.

Reporter: Alan Farquhar


Brora; M.Gray, Gow, Morton, A.Sutherland(A.Smith 75), B.Gray, MacDonald, Murphy(Sam MacKay 49), Kennedy, Campbell, Innes, S. Sutherland.

Subs not used: J.Smith, N.Calder and S. Martin.

Wick: MacMillan, G.Reid, Shearer, Lamb, Mowat, Cowie(MacGregor 67), Gunn, Manson, Coghill(MacLeod 82), N.MacKenzie, J.MacKenzie.

Subs not used: McCallum, Henderson, Weir.

Brora Rangers 1 - WAFC 2 (Updated match report link and photo)

A terrific performance from Wick Academy see them claim their first win in this years league campaign, and where better to do it but Dudgeon park. A good Academy support saw both of Academys goals coming from Jamie Mackenzie. His first in 30 minutes put the teams in at half time with Academy 0 – 1 up. He then scored his second after a great cross from Murray Coghill in 75 minutes.

Brora then started to come into the game for the first time in the match, and scored in 80 minutes with a goal from Conner Campbell. That set up a very nervous last 10 minutes, where end to end stuff had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Academy hung on though, for a much deserved win.

Read full match report here.

Sponsors Man of the match Jamie Mackenzie

NoS FA Cup - Group Match - Wick AFC v Golspie Sutherland


Golspie Sutherland faced their second match against Highland League opposition in the space of four days as they made the trip north to take on Wick Academy at Harmsworth Park.

It was the home side who looked the likelier with the Mackenzie brothers combining to good effect in the Wick attack.
Firstly Nigel laid the ball off for Jamie who shot high and over the Golspie bar, however play was called back for a foul on the striker by Golspie's Smith.
Martin Gunn took over and fired the free-kick goalwards from 18yds which Bokas got down low to gather.
Bokas was clearly in good form and he denied Nigel Mackenzie after his brother Jamie had laid the ball off for him at the edge of the 18yd box by getting down low to his right to push the ball away to safety.
It seemed to be turning into a battle between Golspie's Bokas and the Mackenzie’s, this time Jamie Was denied by a fine full length save after he met a Davie Mowat cross with a powerful header from 12yds.
The final chance of the half saw Bokas again pulling off a fine save, tipping Murray Coghill’s curling effort from 20yds out of the top corner and around the post ensuring the two teams went in level at half time.

Half-Time Wick 0 v 0 Golspie

Having huffed and puffed for 45 minutes it took Wick only one minute of second half action to take the lead.
Martin Gunn picked the ball up in midfield and intelligently played Graeme Reid in on the right. The full back drove forward to send in a deep cross to the back post for Jamie Mackenzie who bulleted a header beyond Bokas from 10yds.

Wick 1 v 0 Golspie

Golspie showed that they too possessed an attacking threat nine minutes later when former Brora striker Jamie Morrison cut in from by line and fired 10 yard shot which Don MacMillan charged down before being cleared to safety.
Wick were given the perfect opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the opposition when a Davie Cowie cross was handled by Roddy Smith in the box. However Martin Gunn wasted the penalty firing it wide of the keepers right hand post.
Golspie looked to have levelled when Roddy Smith, looking to atone for the penalty award, rose to bullet a Walter Mackay cross past Don MacMillan but Murray Coghill was in the right place to clear the ball off the line for what was a crucial clearance.
However in 79mins Wick made the game safe.
David Cowie’s cross into the box caused panic amongst the Golspie ranks, the  ball broke loose to Nigel Mackenzie who rifled a left foot shot low inside Bokas's right hand post from 12yds.

Wick 2 v 0 Golspie

Wick continued to press forward when Martin Gunn was presented with the next scoring opportunity.
Coghill starting his first game in the Academy colours put his skipper through on goal, as Bokas rushed of his line Gunn rounded the keeper and from a tight angle fired his right foot shot into the side netting from 10yds.
In the closing minutes Jamie Morrison was sent clear of the Wick defence, McMillan rushed of his line to force the ex. Brora striker wide of goal, however Morrison managed to get a shot in from a tight angle which came back of the keepers right hand post before being eventually cleared by shearer.

Full Time: Wick Academy 2 Golspie Sutherland 0

One booking in a tame affair: Golspie's Darren Pullen for dissent.

Man of the Match: Golspie's keeper Alan Bokas

Wick: MacMillan, G.Reid, Shearer, Lamb, Mowat, Cowie, Gunn, Henderson(Manson 69), Coghill, J.MacKenzie(Weir 75), N.MacKenzie.
Subs not used: MacGregor, Sutherland and More.

Golspie: Bokas, MacRae, Pullen, Smith, Bonner, Lockhart, Whyte(Urquhart 72), MacLeod(W.MacKay 64), Morrison, Sinclair(C.MacKay 80), Cooper.
Subs not used: John MacKay.

Reporter: Alan Farquhar

WAFC 2 - Golspie Sutherland 0 (NOS Cup)

Wick Academy beat Golspie Sutherland tonight 2-0 in their first game in the NOS cup. Academy enjoyed most of the possession, but struggled really to capitalise against a hard working Golspie side. Half time saw the score at 0-0, but Jamie Mackenzie scored within a minute of the re-start to take a little of the pressure off the Academy side. Martin Gunn missed a penalty in the 71st minute, but Nigel Mackenzie sealed the game with his goal in 79 minutes.
Golspie had their chances in the game, and the sponsors man of the match was Golspies goal keeper Alan Boakas who had one particularly good save in the first half. Hopefully this will give the Academy players a lift ahead of their local derby game away to Brora on Saturday. Read full match report here.

Match Sponsor Ferriers Financial & Insurance Services
Sponsors Man of the match Golspies Goalkeeper Alan Bokas getting his award from Alan Ferrier

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