Strathspey 4
Wick Academy 2


4 - 2

Wick Academy

Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Seafield Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Manson (23) Own Goal
James McShane (63) Pen
James Fraser (72)
James McShane (74) Pen
Gordon MacNab (66)
Craig Gunn (91)

Team Managers
Gordon Nicolson Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Michael MacCallum
Cameron Lisle
Martin Duncan
Nicholas Mochan
Stephen Rennie
James McShane
David Watson
Scott Lisle
Ross Naismith
James Fraser
Craig MacMillan
Gordon Clark
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Craig Gunn
Jack Halliday
Marc MacGregor
David Allan
Gordon MacNab
Ross Allan
Grant Steven

Dominick Edwards
Richard Finnis
Craig Maitland
Ricky Lee
Paul MacLennan
Jack Henry
Grant Aitkenhead
Sean McCarthy

Dominick Edwards for Craig MacMillan (82)
Ricky Lee for James Fraser (88)
Jack Henry for Ross Allan (78)

James Fraser (83)
Stephen Rennie (89)
Danny Mackay (22)
David Allan (57)
Gordon Clark (71)
Jack Halliday (80)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Scott Leslie (Referee)
Davy Robertson & James McMillan (Assistants)

Match Report

Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna could face a dug-out ban after he was sent to the stand during Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Strathspey Thistle.
As an injury-hit Academy side faltered at Seafield Park, with a number of refereeing decisions going against the visitors and McKenna’s frustrations coming to the boil.
An own goal by Gary Manson and a James McShane (penalty) saw the much-improved Strathy Jags race into a two-goal lead. Gordy MacNab reduced the deficit but any hope of a comeback was soon thwarted as Thistle netted twice more via James Fraser and another spot-kick from McShane. Craig Gunn pulled one back for Academy late on.
Wick will be looking to bounce back at Lossiemouth this weekend but may have to do it without their gaffer on the touchline.
The SFA disciplinary panel will look at the referee’s report for the Strathspey game and decide if it merits any further action.
McKenna said: “I’m not sure what the rules are regarding Highland League managers who are ordered off to the stand. No doubt we’ll find out one way or an-other this week.
“As to what happened, I thought our players were not being adequately protected by the officials. I was asking for consistency as fouls were given for them and not for us.
“Davie Allan especially seemed to be singled out for some rough treatment. It was after one foul too many on Davie that I expressed my concern.
“The linesman took issue with what I said and signalled for the referee’s attention. He told him that I swore but I can’t recall using any swear words.”
Coupled with officiating issues, the elements were not kind to Wick as heavy fog enveloped the ground.
McKenna added: “To be honest, I didn’t think the game would be allowed to finish. I had trouble seeing the incident for their first penalty so I couldn’t tell you if it was one or not.
“The fog did lift and the game was allowed to carry on – the right decision, in my opinion. I’m not going to use the mist that was there early in the game as an excuse as it was the same for both teams and it did lift pretty quickly soon after.
“As for the game itself, it was frustrating that we didn’t lose it in open play. Two penalties – the second one I did see, and it was the correct decision – and poor defending at set -pieces did for us.
“We showed our naivety but we also have to hold our hands up and say ‘well done’ to Strathspey. They did not surprise me with their performance.
“People may have thought this would be easy for us as we beat them 5-1 at their place in the cup earlier this season. But even during that game, I could see signs of their potential which I knew would do teams damage if they could produce a good 90-minute performance.
“Maybe if we had our full squad available then things might have been different out there. I had faith in the team I put out but when you’re missing quality players then it does show.

Click on the link below to read a newspaper report for this match.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Nov 28, 2018.

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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 28th November 2018.

Squad Statistics (as at November 24th, 2018)

2018/2019 All Time
Gordon Clark (GK)23 5 - 5 -
Danny Mackay27 14 - 1244
Grant Steven26 15 - 2258
Gary Manson34 21661746
Gordon MacNab24 2153911
Jack Halliday24 195669
Ross Allan25 2 - 21110
Alan Farquhar30 17 - 2994
Marc MacGregor23 16710731
Craig Gunn31 1946933
David Allan29 208333143
Jack Henry (sub)27 172332

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at November 24th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 16 16 0 0 +48 48
2. Fraserburgh 17 13 1 3 +46 40
3. Brora Rangers 16 13 0 3 +40 39
4. Forres Mech 18 12 1 5 +29 37
5. Inverurie Locos 19 11 4 4 +23 37
6. Formartine Utd 16 11 2 3 +25 35
7. Buckie Thistle 17 9 1 7 +18 28
8. Huntly 17 8 2 7 +5 26
9. WICK 17 7 3 7 +8 24
10. Deveronvale 18 7 1 10 -6 22
11. Rothes 18 7 3 8 +12 21
12. Keith 18 6 3 9 -9 21
13. Nairn County 17 6 2 9 -4 20
14. Turriff United 18 5 3 10 -4 18
15. Strathspey 17 5 3 9 -16 18
16. Clachnacuddin 16 2 3 11 -24 9
17. Lossiemouth 18 1 0 17 -68 3
18. Fort William 19 0 2 17 -123 -7