Wick Academy 0
Brora Rangers 1

Wick Academy
0 - 1
Brora Rangers 

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Harmsworth Park. Att. 670
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Dale Gillespie (28)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Steven Mackay

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Craig Gunn
Alan Farquhar
Ross Allan
Gary Manson
Ryan Campbell
Gordon MacNab
Jack Halliday
Jack Henry
Jonah Martens
Richard Macadie
Joe Malin (C)
Tom Kelly
Ally Macdonald
Colin Williamson
Mark Nicolson
Gavin Morrison
John Pickles
Dale Gillespie
Greg Morrison
Andrew Macrae
Paul Brindle

Grant Aitkenhead
Mark Macadie
Kuba Koziol
Gordon Clark
Scott Davidson
Bjorn Wagenaar
James Wallace
Neil Macdonald
Martin Maclean
Kyle Macleod
Colin Macrae

Kuba Koziol for Jonah Martens (65)
Mark Macadie for Richard Macadie (67)
Grant Aitkenhead for Jack Henry (76)
James Wallace for Paul Brindle (55)
Martin Maclean for Dale Gillespie (64)
Kyle Macleod for Greg Morrison (64)

Jonah Martens (23)
Jack Halliday (72)
Grant Aitkenhead (86)
Martin Maclean (70)
Tom Kelly (85)
Joe Malin (90)
Mark Nicolson (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Proctor (Referee)
Tommy Creighton & Alexander McDonald (Assistants)

Photography by Melanie Roger

Match Report

Manager Tom McKenna was dealt a late blow with Davie Allan pulling out of the game this morning due to illness. Sam Mackay, Danny Mackay and Alan Hughes were all unavailable, and with Marc MacGregor, Grant Steven and Ben Sinclair all injured a reshuffled Academy team gave Brora a really good game.

Gary Manson made his 650th competitive appearance for the club, and Craig Gunn clocked up his 100th. Gunn played the game at right-back due to the lack of recognised defenders and won the man of the match award for his performance.

A first half goal from Dale Gillespie just on the half hour was all that separated the sides. Mallin pulled off a great save to deny Gordon MacNab and in the last kick of the ball a Jack Halliday strike came off the post and rolled across the goal line before being cleared.

A minute’s silence was observed prior to kick-off in respect of Academy supporters; Davie Plowman, George Macdonald, Sandy Banks and SFA Head of Referees John Fleming.

Academy were in Brora’s faces from the off with Halliday and Henry in particular hounding down every ball in the middle of the field.

Gordon McNab had Malin on his toes early doors as he turned McNab’s effort over the top of his cross-bar from a good turn and strike from the Academy player.

It was Brora however that opened the scoring. Ally Macdonald squared to Gillespie just outside the box and he picked his spot rifling the ball low into the right-hand corner of McCarthy’s net.

Brora new signing Andrew Macrae poked a shot on target forcing McCarthy to make a block at the bottom of his post.

Up the top end of the park Academy scrapped to win the ball which fell to McNab and he forced Malin to make a diving save palming the ball wide to safety.

Half Time – Wick Academy 0 – Brora Rangers 1

Mark Nicolson drove up-field and fed John Pickles wide on the right flank and his chipped floating attempt clipped off the top of the Academy cross-bar.

Down the other end McNab dragged a shot across goal and wide of target.

Into injury time and Academy thought they had the equalizer. Malin came out of his goal for a crossed ball but got nothing on it. It fell onto Halliday’s right peg but his shot rebounded off the post, ran across the line and was hacked to safety by Mark Nicolson.

Full Time – Wick Academy 0 – Brora Rangers 1

Match report written by John Briskham

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 30th October 2019.

Squad Statistics (as at October 26th, 2019)

2019/2020 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)26 16 - 184 -
Jack Halliday25 1228313
Richard Macadie32 163543198
Gary Manson35 16165147
Ryan Campbell20 8 - 141
Jack Henry27 3 - 504
Gordon MacNab25 1426816
Ross Allan26 16123712
Alan Farquhar31 1313295
Craig Gunn32 161110046
Jonah Martens24 9191
Grant Aitkenhead (sub)17 2 - 9 -
Mark Macadie (sub)16 4 - 8 -
Kuba Koziol (sub)24 8 - 12 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at October 26th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Buckie Thistle 13 11 0 2 +23 33
2. Brora Rangers 12 10 0 2 +32 30
3. Inverurie Locos 13 10 0 3 +16 30
4. Fraserburgh 12 9 2 1 +29 29
5. Rothes 12 9 1 2 +22 28
6. Nairn County 11 7 2 2 +5 23
7. Formartine Utd 10 7 1 2 +23 22
8. Forres Mech 13 5 2 6 +9 17
9. Keith 14 5 2 7 -18 17
10. Deveronvale 12 5 1 6 -2 16
11. WICK 13 4 2 7 -6 14
12. Strathspey 12 3 1 8 -14 10
13. Huntly 13 2 4 7 -17 10
14. Turriff United 13 2 2 9 -22 8
15. Lossiemouth 13 2 0 11 -32 6
16. Clachnacuddin 12 1 2 9 -19 5
17. Fort William 10 1 0 9 -29 3

Manager's Programme Notes

Congratulations to Gary Manson who made his 650th competitive appearance for the club today and to Craig Gunn who clocked up his 100th.

Tom McKenna was interviewed after the game by Matt Leslie, and had these thoughts.
“You couldn’t ask for any more from the lads,” he said. “I thought they were fantastic today and I’m really proud of them.
“We were up against a team that’s spent thousands and thousands of pounds and we’ve taken them to the wire, gone toe-to-toe with them and matched them. That was absolutely brilliant.
“Yes, the result didn’t go our way, but hopefully that performance will be the foundation for us to build upon and get our season going again.
“Taking into consideration we got battered 6-0 the last time we played them, we did have a point to prove.
“You look at the players we had missing. I took a phone call from Davie Allan and he said he had to go off to hospital. We’ll hopefully find out soon the extent of what he was suffering with and how soon he can return to the squad.
“We were also missing Sam Mackay and Grant Steven but the players who came in did brilliantly.
“Grant took a knock in training and our intention after that was to move Craig Gunn to right-back as he has filled in for us before in that role.
“Craig was man of the match. He was up against one of the top players [Paul Brindle] in the league. He kept him quiet and forced their manager to substitute him as he wasn’t getting much out of Craig.
“Every single one of them was superb. The formation worked for us as it was very solid. The lads are committed to it as it’s working for them.
“The match wasn’t for the purists, but if you give a team with the quality that Brora has free rein of the pitch they are just going to walk all over you.
“We wanted to frustrate them, contain them and re-strict them as much as we could.
“Unfortunately, for the goal, we switched off and were punished for it.”