1 - 1
1 - 1
Jack Henry (17)
||Scott Graham (6)|
Alan Hughes for Gordon MacNab (65)
Richard Macadie for Jack Henry (65)
Mark Macadie for Sam Mackay (79)
Martin Macdonald for Sean Webb (13)
James Anderson for Martin Callum (78)
Jack Henry (44)
Gary Manson (63)
Jack Halliday (87)
Colin Macrae (91)
John MacAskill (45)
Ryan Macintosh (56)
Michael Finnis (57)
Billy Baxter (Referee)
Academy welcomed ex-player Sandy McLeod and his Clachnacuddin side to Harmsworth Park today and the sides shared the points with a 1-1 draw. Craig Gunn picked up a knock in the Deveronvale game at the end or November which he’s not yet fully recovered from so he didn't make the squad. Sean McCarthy was a late call-off through illness so Gordon Clark started between the sticks.
Scott Graham smashed home the opening goal on 6 minutes after picking up the ball after it had re-bounded off the Academy wall during a Clach free-kick. 11 minutes later Jack Henry levelled the scores with his seventh goal of this campaign.
Gordie MacNab and Ryan Campbell both came close to finding the net and keeper Jake Williamson had a great first-half save to thwart McNab as Academy hunted for their second.
Neither side in truth though seemed to have the cutting edge today in front of goal to find a winner and the game ended at 1-1.
Clach forged ahead in their first attack, with six minutes gone, after being awarded a free kick on the edge of the box in a central position. Graham’s dead-ball attempt was charged down by the wall, but the rebound fell kindly for him and he hooked a dipping shot into the net to the left of the diving Gordon Clark.
The equaliser on 18 minutes owed much to the determination and persistence of Sam Mackay. He battled for possession on the right, close to the by-line, and just as the midfielder looked to have been crowded out he managed to win the ball back. It was played across the edge of the box taking a small flick off a Clach defender before Henry struck an unerring left-foot shot beyond Jake Williamson into the bottom corner.
It was Academy’s first goal at Harmsworth Park for more than three months – since Richard Macadie completed the scoring in the 5-1 victory over Lossiemouth on September 14.
Ryan Campbell was off target with a long-range effort after a marauding run down the left by Gary Manson, linking up with Davie Allan.
Allan was involved again in another fast-paced attack as he put Gordon MacNab through, but the striker’s low effort was blocked by Williamson with his feet.
Academy won a free kick on the edge of the box after a foul on Mackay by Michael Finnis. Mackay took the kick himself but dragged it just wide.
An incisive move on the right culminated in Campbell playing the ball across the face of goal and Jack Halliday looked certain to score from point-blank range. However, he was denied either by a bobble or by the slightest of touches from a backtracking defender – or a combination of both.
Half Time – Wick Academy 1 – Clachnacuddin 1
The visitors carved out a series of half-chances early in the second half. Martin Callum latched on to a loose ball and his opportunist strike trundled just past a post, a free kick by Callum was nodded wide by Finnis, then Ross Logan broke clear but lost control.
The sponsors’ man of the match trophy went to Ryan Campbell, who impressed with his ball-winning ability and intelligent distribution.
Full Time – Wick Academy 1 – Clachnacuddin 1
Match report written by John o Groat Journal - Fri, December 27, 2019.
|Gordon Clark (GK)||24||1||-||9||-|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||24||20||-||119||5|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||32||21||3||548||198|
|Mark Macadie (sub)||17||7||-||11||-|
Interview by Alan Hendry, John O’ Groat Journal:
The Scorries went into the Clach match looking to keep up the momentum from the 2-1 victory over Formartine United. But it ended all square after Scott Graham’s early opener for the visitors was cancelled out by a strike from Jack Henry.
“It was a frustrating afternoon,” said McKenna, who felt that the bumpy Harmsworth playing surface had been a factor.
“The pitch is not conducive to how they want to play, but then you’ve got to be able to be adaptable,” he said. “Either team could have won it – the game was quite evenly balanced.
“I think we just came un-stuck in the first 10 minutes. We didn’t settle in to the game quickly enough, we conceded a free kick and they eventually scored from the second phase of that, so we were chasing the game.
“We got ourselves back in it through Jack Henry and we had a great opportunity across the face of goal with Jack Halliday.
“No disrespect, but these are the teams we should be getting three points against. It was two points dropped for us but that’s probably been the story of the season.
“It was frustrating after the excellent performance against Formartine.
“The lads wanted a wee bit more and they expected a wee bit more. Those are the standards they have set for themselves. Unfortunately there hasn’t really been any consistency in our performances throughout the year and this was just an example of that.”
He added: “We’re starting to get good numbers again and the squad is a lot healthier at the moment, so we’re in a good position regarding personnel.”
McKenna is looking forward to getting Craig Gunn back from injury and linking up again with Davie Allan in attack.
“Craig is probably the most natural goalscorer we’ve got in the team so his absence is really missed,” the manager said.
“At the moment Davie Allan is being really constructive. He is working very hard – he just doesn’t stop.
“He unsettles people, and with the goalscoring ability Craig has got, and with Davie working the way he is, it’ll be a great partnership.”