Rothes 2
Wick Academy 1


2 - 1

Wick Academy

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Mackessack Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Allen MacKenzie (81)
Allen MacKenzie (83)
Craig Gunn (44)

Team Managers
Steven MacDonald Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Robert Donaldson
Ashley Ballam
Alisdair Stark
Bruce Milne
Jamie Duff
Dale Wood
Steven Anderson
Fraser Robertson
Craig Cormack
Jack Maley
Allen Mackenzie
Sean McCarthy
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Craig Gunn
Richard Macadie
Aiden Reid
Sean Campbell
Kuba Koziol
Alan Hughes
Ross Allan

Gary Kerr
Joao Rodrigues
Kris Duncan
Ewan Neil
Alan Kerr
Charlie Christie
Grant Aitkenhead
Greg Mackay
Mark Macadie
Gordon Clark

Ewan Neil for Ashley Ballam (55)
Gary Kerr for Fraser Robertson (65)
Kris Duncan for Craig Cormack (69)
Mark Macadie for Alan Hughes (66)
Grant Aitkenhead for Kuba Koziol (77)
Greg Mackay for Aiden Reid (85)

Allen MacKenzie (84) Ross Allan (48)
Danny Mackay (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Liam Duncan (Referee)
Davy Robertson & Will Adam (Assistants)

Match Report

Despite having to field three trialists, Wick Academy looked set to return from Mackessack Park on Saturday with three points until a late quick-fire double from Allen Mackenzie turned the game on its head.
Ex-Academy striker Steven Anderson had a great chance six yards in front of goal but Sean McCarthy dashed smartly off his line to make a point-blank save.
The match burst into life midway through the first half with a spell of end-to-end play. Jakob Koziol displayed nifty ball control to lob Rothes keeper Robbie Donaldson but his effort landed just behind the bar.
Danny Mackay headed away a Jack Maley free kick before Alan Hughes saw his well-struck 25-yard effort held by Donaldson.
A Craig Cormack volley deflected low to McCarthy’s left but the Wick keeper dived to smother the ball.
Craig Gunn and Richard Macadie combined well with a vintage one-two and Gunn warmed Donaldson’s hands with a stinging shot.
Approaching half-time, McCarthy was kept busy saving a shot from Anderson and scrambling away a looping header from Mackenzie.
The Scorries swooped straight upfield to snatch the lead a minute before the break. Koziol flew up the right wing and pushed the ball ahead of Gunn, who swept it under Donaldson’s despairing dive.
Shortly after the break Academy almost doubled their advantage. All three central de-fenders went forward to meet Gunn’s corner from the right and Aidan Reid’s powerful downward header was fumbled by Donaldson and bounced off the base of the post.
The Speysiders posed no serious threat until the 80th minute when Anderson and Cormack set up a chance for Mackenzie, who fired in the equaliser.
Two minutes later Mackenzie ran 20 yards up the Rothes left to rifle a shot high into the far top corner of the net.
Academy fought back but a 25-yard lob by Richard Macadie rebounded off a post with the keeper stranded.
Despite two successive away defeats, Academy could seal a seventh-place finish with a win against Keith this Saturday.

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Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, April 10, 2019.

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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 10th April 2019.

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 2019)

2018/2019 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 29 - 165 -
Sean Campbell22 1 - 1 -
Danny Mackay28 2311335
Aiden Reid20 1 - 9 -
Gary Manson35 36663246
Alan Hughes23 24 - 954
Alan Farquhar31 31 - 3134
Ross Allan25 10121911
Richard Macadie31 337523194
Kuba Koziol23 2 - 3 -
Craig Gunn31 3068035
Grant Aitkenhead (sub)17 6 - 6 -
Greg Mackay (sub)17 4 - 5 -
Mark Macadie (sub)16 2 - 2 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at April 6th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 31 27 3 1 +85 84
2. Brora Rangers 31 25 3 3 +85 78
3. Fraserburgh 33 25 1 7 +81 76
4. Formartine Utd 31 21 5 5 +57 68
5. Inverurie Locos 33 19 6 8 +47 63
6. Forres Mech 32 20 3 9 +35 63
7. WICK 30 14 5 11 +12 47
8. Buckie Thistle 32 13 6 13 +14 45
9. Huntly 32 13 6 13 -9 45
10. Rothes 32 12 8 12 +15 41
11. Deveronvale 33 13 2 18 -9 41
12. Keith 31 10 6 15 -3 36
13. Nairn County 32 11 3 18 -8 36
14. Turriff United 33 9 4 20 -17 31
15. Strathspey 32 9 3 20 -40 30
16. Clachnacuddin 30 6 6 18 -28 24
17. Lossiemouth 33 2 2 29 -109 8
18. Fort William 31 0 2 29 -208 -7

Manager's Programme Notes

Interview by Alan Hendry Caithness Courier.

Tom McKenna praised his makeshift team for their “spirited” display against Rothes on Saturday – after admitting it had been the most difficult week so far in his time as Wick Academy manager.
A combination of suspensions, injuries and players being unavailable left Academy with a seriously under-strength squad for the Highland League trip to Mackessack Park.
McKenna’s starting XI included three trialists – Jakob Koziol, Aidan Reid and Sean Campbell – while teenagers Mark Macadie, Grant Aitkenhead and Greg Mackay all came off the bench.
The depleted Scorries showed great togetherness and looked on course to take something tangible from the match after Craig Gunn put them in front just before half-time. However, the Speysiders snatched all three points after a late double by Allen Mackenzie.
“I thought it was a spirited performance by the boys,” McKenna said.
“They had to battle, and they went long stages with-out possession of the ball, so they had to defend and be resolute. There wasn’t much between the teams but I just thought we lacked the relevant experience and quality in certain areas of the park. If we’d had everyone available I think it’s a game we would have won quite convincingly.”
McKenna was delighted with the attitude of Reid, Koziol and Campbell and the performances they produced, helped by the experienced players around them.
“I can’t fault them,” the manager said of his trio of trialists. “I thought they did exceptionally well to come in at short notice and to play at this standard of football. I thought they dealt with it really well and didn’t look out of place.
“I have no complaints about anyone. I thought the guys’ attitude was really professional, every single one of them.
“I’ll be honest, it was probably the hardest week I’ve had since I’ve been with Wick – chasing people, and just getting knockbacks. Fortunately I got three lads who were really keen to come in and help us out.
“The first half was even. Rothes were more dominant when they were in possession of the ball and we were a bit disjointed, which was understandable.
“At 1-0 we did create chances and we could have gone two up.
“The lads looked tired but they put in a fantastic shift. Rothes really had a go at us in the second half, they were pushing players forward.
“Aidan, Sean and Jakob got cramp in the second half but they gave everything they could. They did them-selves proud, and you can’t take anything away from the players round about them – Alan Farquhar, Gary Manson, Danny Mackay and Richard Macadie took on a lot of responsibility.
“The lads were gutted in the changing room. They thought they were going to see it through and they were really despondent. They thought they were so close to getting three points, and it’s a shame really when you see them so disheartened and disappointed after putting a lot of effort into it.
“Okay, the result has not gone our way, but it was a creditable performance.”
With Davie Allan and Jack Henry returning from suspension and other players back in contention, McKenna expects to have a stronger squad available for the home match against Keith on Saturday. “We should be in a better place for next week,” he said.