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Wick Academy

Saturday, December 14th, 2019
North Lodge Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Conor Gethins (43) Ryan Campbell (31)
Gordon MacNab (53)

Team Managers
Paul Lawson Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Kevin Main
Jonathan Crawford
Stuart Smith
Stuart Anderson (C)
Craig McKeown
Darryn Kelly
Graeme Rodger
Kieran Lawrence
Conor Gethins
Daniel Park
Scott Lisle
Sean McCarthy
Colin Macrae
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Gary Manson
Ryan Campbell
Jack Halliday
Jack Henry
David Allan
Sam Mackay
Gordon MacNab

Michael Clark
Liam Strachan
Aaron Norris
Wayne Macintosh
Gary McGowan
Garry Wood
Errol Watson
Kuba Koziol
Grant Aitkenhead
Mark Macadie
Jonah Martens
Alan Hughes
Gordon Clark

Aaron Norris for Conor Gethins (80)
Gary McGowan for Scott Lisle (75)
Garry Wood for Stuart Smith (75)
Alan Hughes for Sam Mackay (75)
Grant Aitkenhead for Jack Henry (80)

None. Sam Mackay (49)
Jack Henry (75)
Sean McCarthy (81)
Jack Halliday (84)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Filippo Mazzoni (Referee)
Will Adam & Callum McCruden (Assistants)

Match Report

Wick Academy made the long trip to North Lodge Park today and came way with a 2-1 win. The result was a repeat of last year’s away match.

Ryan Campbell opened the scoring in the 31st minute, but Conor Gethins pulled the sides level just before the interval.

Gordon MacNab scored the winner in the 53rd minute to take all three points north. The result was Academy’s first victory since their 1-0 win away to Inverurie Locos on the 2nd of November.

Wick took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark. Ryan Campbell started the move chipping the ball forward to Davie Allan. Allan hit the burners beating Kieran Lawrence and got to the bye-line before cutting the ball back to the middle of the penalty area for Campbell to follow in and sweep the ball home with his left peg.

The Scorries were unable to hold out until half-time, however, with striker Conor Gethins heading United level on the stroke of the interval after Academy had failed to clear the ball out of defense.

Half Time – Formartine United 1 – Wick Academy 1

Academy’s winner came in the 53rd minute. Davie Allan sent in a deep cross from the right flank that went over the top of Jonathan Crawford. Gordon McNab took it down on his chest before swiveling and firing past keeper Kevin Main.

Graeme Rodgers forced a good save by McCarthy who used his feet to clear the 20 yard shot.

The homes side pressed for the equalizer but couldn’t find it so the result moves Wick to within a point of Formartine.

Full Time – Formartine United 1 – Wick Academy 2

Match report written by John Briskham

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 18th December 2019.

Squad Statistics (as at December 14th, 2019)

2019/2020 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)26 21 - 189 -
Colin Macrae21 3 - 241
Danny Mackay28 10 - 1465
Alan Farquhar31 1813345
Jack Henry28 92566
Sam Mackay30 183344143
Ryan Campbell20 141202
Jack Halliday25 1728813
Gordon MacNab25 1937317
Gary Manson35 22365749
David Allan30 153362148
Alan Hughes (sub)24 19 - 1185
Grant Aitkenhead (sub)17 5 - 12 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at December 14th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 16 14 0 2 +48 42
2. Inverurie Locos 17 13 0 4 +26 39
3. Fraserburgh 15 11 3 1 +34 36
4. Rothes 15 11 2 2 +28 35
5. Buckie Thistle 14 11 0 3 +16 33
6. Forres Mech 19 9 3 7 +20 30
7. Nairn County 15 9 3 3 +9 30
8. Formartine Utd 13 7 2 4 +21 23
9. Deveronvale 18 7 2 9 -8 23
10. WICK 18 6 4 8 -6 22
11. Keith 17 6 3 8 -18 21
12. Huntly 18 4 4 10 -22 16
13. Clachnacuddin 18 3 2 13 -26 11
14. Strathspey 13 3 1 9 -15 10
15. Lossiemouth 18 3 1 14 -35 10
16. Turriff United 17 2 2 13 -41 8
17. Fort William 11 1 0 10 -31 3

Manager's Programme Notes

Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna hailed the “best defensive effort” he has seen during his two years at the club following Saturday’s 2-1 win at Formartine United.
Goals from Ryan Campbell and Gordon MacNab, either side of an equaliser from Conor Gethins, gave the Scorries their first win since the beginning of November.
The result was a much-needed boost for both manager and club and it was no coincidence that it arrived with McKenna being able to call upon a full substitutes’ bench.
Injury worries still persist at Harmsworth Park but the number of walking wounded had decreased enough for a full squad to travel down to Pitmedden.
A heroic rearguard effort was required for the Scorries to pull off the victory – a repeat of the result on Academy’s last visit to North Lodge Park, in 2018.
McKenna said: “I’ll be honest and say that in terms of possession Formartine had the better of the game.
“Were we lucky? Well, there are two sides to football, attack and defence, and we certainly excelled in the latter.
“We defended brilliantly and that has to be the best defensive effort I’ve seen our team put in since I took charge. They were superb.
“Someone can point to possession and territory and how much time Formartine spent in our half. I can point to the one statistic that matters – the final score.
“The communication among the back four was outstanding and the discipline was superb.
“We were under a lot of pressure at times but the organisation of our defence was fantastic and they gave us a great platform to play on the counter-attack.
“We put Danny Mackay in the centre of defence and he slotted in very well.
“He has established a good rapport with Alan Farquhar and that helped as he worked well alongside Alan.
“Danny is a good, honest player who is also strong and brave and he brings one hundred per cent effort every time he steps out onto the park.
“Alan as always played well at the heart of the defence, as did Colin MacRae and Gary Manson in the full-back roles.”
Ryan Campbell and Gordon MacNab provided the goals and McKenna was delighted to see how the opener was created.
“Given that our attacking players are not blessed with height, we’ve been working on our low crosses into the box to give the strikers a better chance of getting in a shot on goal,” the manager said. “Sure enough, that’s how our first goal came about. Davie Allan made a good run down the flank and he drilled in a low ball that fell nicely to Ryan and he put it away.
“Hopefully this gives us something to build on and I can tell you the bus journey back home was a lot happier than it has been these last few weeks.”

Interview by Matt Leslie – Caithness Courier.