Deveronvale 1
Wick Academy 1


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Wick Academy

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Princess Royal Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Robert Scott (11) Jack Henry (92)

Team Managers
Steven Dolan Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
James Blanchard
Sam Robertson
Harry Noble
Ross Aitken
Michael Dunn
Kyle Willox
Colin Charlesworth
Kyle Gauld
Ryan Sargent
Matthew Wallace
Robert Scott
Sean McCarthy
Craig Gunn
Alan Farquhar
Ross Allan
Gary Manson
Ryan Campbell
Richard Macadie
Alan Hughes
Jack Henry
David Allan
Gordon MacNab

Scott Dunn
Ross Archibald
Jody Munro
Kevin Adams
Daniel Smith
Jamie Williamson
Jack Halliday
Jonah Martens
Grant Aitkenhead
Gordon Clark

Scott Dunn for Robert Scott (53)
Jody Munro for Ryan Sargent (74)
Jack Halliday for Craig Gunn (23)
Jonah Martens for Richard Macadie (50)
Grant Aitkenhead for Gordon MacNab (78)

Michael Dunn (45)
Scott Dunn (63)
Harry Noble (71)
Jack Henry (92)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dan McFarlane (Referee)
John Black & Robert Mackinnon (Assistants)

Match Report

When the sides last met in August at Harmsworth Park a late injury time equaliser by Deveronvale broke Academy hearts. Today the roles were reversed.

A first half goal from Robert Scott looked enough for the Vale win but in the 92nd minute Jack Henry found the net to earn the Scorries a point.

Academy fell behind after only 11 minutes when Robert Scott swept home a Colin Charlesworth cut-back from the right wing.

Charlesworth slid the ball into the Academy penalty area and it was cut out by Gary Manson but he toe-poked it to McCarthy who picked It up and referee Dan McFarlane deemed it a back-pass and awarded Vale an indirect free-kick inside the box. Harry Noble took the free-kick but fired it high over the crossbar.

Alan Farquhar hooked a shot on target from a corner that caused a scramble in the Deveronvale box but they eventually cleared the danger.

Despite suffering the blow of Craig Gunn hobbling off injured midway through the first half, Wick regrouped and proceeded to hurl everything at the Vale defence.

Richard Macadie had a shot cleared off the line, while Vale keeper James Blanchard pulled off a number of saves, in particular from Henry and Gordon MacNab.

Half Time – Deveronvale 1 – Wick Academy 0

Robert Scott forced a good save for Sean McCarthy.

Into injury time and just as it looked as if the Scorries would be heading back empty-handed they broke forward and Jack Henry latched onto a crossed ball from the right flank that the Vale defence failed to clear. He kept his composure and steered a low shot passed keeper James Blanchard into the corner of the net, much to the fury of Blanchard with the slack defending.

Full Time – Deveronvale 1 – Wick Academy 1

Match report written by John Briskham

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 4th December 2019.

Squad Statistics (as at November 30th, 2019)

2019/2020 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)26 20 - 188 -
Jack Henry28 82556
Richard Macadie32 203547198
Gary Manson35 21365649
Ryan Campbell20 13 - 191
Alan Hughes24 18 - 1175
Gordon MacNab25 1827216
Ross Allan26 19124012
Alan Farquhar31 1713335
David Allan30 143361148
Craig Gunn32 201110446
Jack Halliday (sub)25 1628713
Grant Aitkenhead (sub)17 4 - 11 -
Jonah Martens (sub)25 131131

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at November 30th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 15 13 0 2 +47 39
2. Fraserburgh 15 11 3 1 +34 36
3. Inverurie Locos 16 12 0 4 +19 36
4. Buckie Thistle 14 11 0 3 +16 33
5. Rothes 14 10 2 2 +25 32
6. Forres Mech 18 9 3 6 +21 30
7. Nairn County 15 9 3 3 +9 30
8. Formartine Utd 12 7 2 3 +22 23
9. Keith 17 6 3 8 -18 21
10. WICK 17 5 4 8 -7 19
11. Deveronvale 16 5 2 9 -12 17
12. Huntly 17 4 4 9 -21 16
13. Clachnacuddin 17 3 2 12 -23 11
14. Strathspey 13 3 1 9 -15 10
15. Turriff United 16 2 2 12 -34 8
16. Lossiemouth 16 2 1 13 -34 7
17. Fort William 10 1 0 9 -29 3

Manager's Programme Notes

Interview Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier.

“A point was the least we deserved,” insisted Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna after Jack Henry’s late leveller earned a 1-1 draw away to Deveronvale on Saturday.
McKenna said the players were gutted to come back with only one point instead of three.
“I felt we deserved a lot more – especially when we had dominated around 70 per cent of the game,” he said.
“The lads were down after full-time and I had to remind them not only of the fact that we had gained a point but also of their performance.
“Our performance deserved all three points but I told them that at least we’ve come away with one, which is much better than none at all.
“Plus, yet again, we were down to the bare bones regarding selection.
“Sam Mackay went over on his ankle earlier in the week and Kuba Koziol picked up a shin knock in training that ruled him out.
“Then you had Craig Gunn having to go off early in the game with hamstring trouble.”
“We sent Jack Halliday on and moved the back four around to accommodate where Craig was filling in at right-back and moved to a 4-4-2 formation,” McKenna said.
“The two Jacks in midfield [Halliday and Henry] were, as always, brilliant for us. They’re brave, energetic, full of running and are excellent distributors of the ball.
“As for Craig, we’ll see how bad the hamstring is but over the last few weeks we’ve been missing him in terms of his main role as a striker. He’s had to fill in at right-back and maybe that has contributed to the injuries he’s had of late.”