Wick Academy 4
Fort William 1

Wick Academy
4 - 1
Fort William 

Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Harmsworth Park. Att. 325
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Allan (2)
Richard Macadie (3)
Gary Manson (pen.) (57)
Richard Macadie (77)
Harry Nicolson (15)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Russell MacMorran

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Colin Macrae
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Gary Manson
Alan Hughes
Sam Mackay
Ryan Campbell
Jonah Martens
Richard Macadie
David Allan
Mateusz Kulbacki
Ronan Cameron
Donald Morrison
Harry Nicolson
Ryan Fyffe
Jack Brown
Ross Gunn
Josh Knowles
Stephen Mcghie
Jordan Andrew
Roderick Kennedy

Sam Barclay
Jack Henry
Jack Halliday
Grant Aitkenhead
Mark Macadie
Gordon Clark
Arturs Ludborzs
Dylan Wilson
Jordan Morrison
Ruairidh MacDonald
Ruairidh Munro (T)

Jack Henry for Ryan Campbell (61)
Jack Halliday for Jonah Martens (61)
Mark Macadie for Sam Mackay (73)
Jordan Morrison for Ronan Cameron (29)
Ruairidh MacDonald for Jordan Andrew (78)
Ruairidh Munro for Stephen Mcghie (88)

Gary Manson (40)
Ryan Fyffe (67)
Donald Morrison (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Gordon Morrison (Referee)
Molly Alexander & Alexander McDonald (Assistants)

Match Report

Wick Academy welcomed first-footers Fort William for the first game of the new decade. It was Russell MacMorran’s last game in charge since he announced a few weeks ago that he was standing down as Manager.

The game had two significant milestones with Gary Manson scoring his 50th competitive goal in his 659th appearance, and Richard Macadie scored his 200th goal in his 550th appearance.

Two goals in the first three minutes from David Allan and Richard Macadie got Academy off to a flying start, but Harry Nicolson pulled one back on the quarter hour.

Gary Manson converted from the penalty spot on 57 minutes and Macadie scored his second of the match in the 77th minute to put the result beyond any doubt.

Davie Allan started and finished the move that saw Academy open the scoring after two minutes. He embarked on a determined run to the edge of the box before playing the ball out to Jonah Martens on the left. Martens sent it back into the penalty area and it fell nicely for Allan, who despatched a well-placed shot into the corner of the net.

A minute later Academy struck again. Alan Hughes on the right breezed past his marker and fired in a high cross that was flicked on by a Fort defender. It fell to Macadie in the middle of the box. He took a touch to control it then fired home a right foot drive past the diving Mateusz Kulbacki.

Fort pulled one back on 16 minutes after forcing two corners in quick succession. Gunn’s delivery was nodded in at close range by Harry Nicolson.

Ryan Campbell let fly from distance after Hughes again did well to beat his man on the wing before cutting into the box. He set up Campbell who forced a finger-tip save from Kulbacki with his left foot shot, but Fort were carving out chances of their own at the other end.

Half Time – Wick Academy 2 – Fort William 1

There was a more purposeful look about Academy after the break and they earned a penalty after 57 minutes when Allan was bundled over after getting on the end of a long ball sent down-field by McCarthy. Manson sent Kulbacki the wrong way from the spot and he rolled it into the corner of the net.

Academy completed the scoring after 77 minutes. The tireless Allan created space on the right before crossing to Macadie, who produced a typically classy finish hitting the ball first-time to send it high into the net. It was a worthy way for the club’s record scorer to reach the 200 mark.

Full Time – Wick Academy 4 – Fort William 1

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, January 8, 2020.

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 8th January 2020.

Squad Statistics (as at January 4th, 2020)

2019/2020 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)26 23 - 191 -
Danny Mackay28 13 - 1495
Colin Macrae21 6 - 271
Gary Manson36 25466050
Ryan Campbell20 171232
Alan Hughes24 22 - 1215
Alan Farquhar31 2113375
Richard Macadie32 235550200
Sam Mackay30 203346143
David Allan30 184365149
Jonah Martens25 151151
Jack Halliday (sub)25 1929013
Jack Henry (sub)28 113587
Mark Macadie (sub)17 8 - 12 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at January 4th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 19 17 0 2 +65 51
2. Inverurie Locos 20 15 0 5 +35 45
3. Fraserburgh 17 13 3 1 +39 42
4. Rothes 17 13 2 2 +32 41
5. Buckie Thistle 17 12 0 5 +18 36
6. Nairn County 18 10 3 5 +3 33
7. Forres Mech 22 9 3 10 +12 30
8. Keith 20 8 4 8 -11 28
9. Deveronvale 20 8 3 9 -5 27
10. Formartine Utd 15 8 2 5 +19 26
11. WICK 21 7 5 9 -7 26
12. Strathspey 16 5 1 10 -14 16
13. Huntly 20 4 4 12 -28 16
14. Clachnacuddin 20 3 4 13 -26 13
15. Turriff United 20 3 3 14 -43 12
16. Lossiemouth 21 3 1 17 -51 10
17. Fort William 13 1 0 12 -38 3

Manager's Programme Notes

Congratulations to Gary Manson and Richard Macadie who both clocked up significant milestones today. Gary scored his 50th competitive goal in his 659th appearance, and Richard scored his 200th goal in his 550th appearance.

Alan Henry from the Caithness Courier interviewed Tom after the game:
Manager Tom McKenna hailed Richard Macadie as “professional through and through” after the attacking midfielder brought his goal tally in competitive games for Wick Academy to 200.
Macadie (32) is the club’s record scorer and he reached the double century with a goal in each half during Saturday’s 4-1 Highland League victory over Fort William at Harmsworth Park.
“Richard just doesn’t stop. His enthusiasm is unbelievable,” McKenna said afterwards. “He still wants to play, he still wants to be involved.
“The football club means a lot to Richard. For me, he’s professional through and through.
“He has been here a long time and he’s the leading scorer, so to get his 200th goal at the start of a new year is fantastic for him.
”McKenna looks upon Macadie and other long-serving players such as Gary Manson and Davie Allan as role models for younger members of the squad. All three were on the scoresheet on Saturday.
“I think they’re in the same mould, Gary, Davie and Richard – they’re ultimate professionals,” McKenna said. “They look after themselves, the club means a lot to them, and they take a lot of pride in what they do.
”McKenna has set his team the challenge of gathering as many points as possible from now to the end of the season and getting themselves up the league table.
While pleased with the win on Saturday, he acknowledged that the young Fort William side – featuring six players on loan from Caley Thistle – had contributed a lot to the game.
“They started off quite brightly and I thought we scored two goals against the run of play,” McKenna said.
“We went a bit flat and allowed them to play.
“They’re young professionals and they are technically very gifted players.
“If you give them time and space they are going to cause you problems. I don’t know if they’re training every day but their sharpness and fitness levels are going to be very high.
“I thought we weren’t effective enough off the ball and when we were on it I thought we gave it away too easily.
”At half-time, with Fort having reduced the deficit to 2-1, McKenna urged his players to press higher.
“I told them to compete more for the first balls and be more proactive on the second balls. I just wanted us to keep the ball a bit longer,” he said.“I thought our retention of the ball was poor. Sometimes we blame the pitch but they [Fort William] were able to do it.
“We were a wee bit better in the second half. We got tighter to them and made it difficult for them.
“With all due respect they’re a good team, good young lads. They try to do the right things and play football the right way, and I’ve got to give them a lot of credit.
“But for us it’s three points, it’s job done, and it sets us up nicely for the second half the season.”

Alan Hendry also interviewed Richard Macadie after the game:
Richard Macadie has revealed that he was sure his 200th competitive goal for Wick Academy would come in Saturday’s game at home to Fort William.
And so it proved, as the club’s record scorer struck twice – in the third and 78th minutes – to help his team to a 4-1 Highland League victory and complete his personal double century.
It came in his 550th competitive appearance for the club.
Macadie (32) had his testimonial last season and had his sights set on reaching the 200-goal mark during the current campaign. His double against Fort followed the disappointment of having a penalty saved in the defeat at Buckie the previous weekend.
“I’ve been waiting for it for so long,” the attacking midfielder said. “It has been talked about every time I’ve been playing and missed a chance, and last week was a nightmare after missing that penalty.
“I said all week that I would get it today. I got two chances and I took them.
“And it’s better to get it at home as well. My 100th goal was away [in December 2012] when we beat Buckie 7-0 and I scored five. I’ll never forget that game.”
It was fitting that goal number 200 was set up by Davie Allan, who is close to a scoring landmark of his own as his opener against Fort took him to 149 competitive goals for Academy.
Macadie said: “If you take a touch you can miss the chance, especially on that pitch, so as it came in I made my mind up I was hitting it.
“I was happy that Davie provided the assist, as he has assisted so many over the years for me. He’s getting back to his best.”
Academy’s other strike on Saturday was a penalty by Gary Manson – his 50th goal for the club.
“It was good for Gaz too,” Macadie said. “He always said he was close to getting it [his 50th goal] and it’s good that he got it on the same day.”
Macadie said the aim now is to try and remain unbeaten for the remainder of the season and start climbing the table. He is also keen to see fans coming along to Harmsworth Park in greater numbers to cheer on the team.
“It has been a pretty poor start to the season. We’ve had a lot of away games and that has been a factor,” he said.
“We want to go unbeaten for the rest of the season if we can – that’s the first target.
“And to be honest we want to get the crowds back too, because they’ve been down a bit and you notice it. It makes a difference when you’re playing.”
Macadie made his competitive debut for Wick in August 2003 and became a first-team regular a couple of seasons later, after returning to Ross County. A high point of his time with the Scorries was the 6-2 victory over Nairn County in the North of Scotland Cup final of 2015 – the club’s first piece of silverware since joining the Highland League.
His highest goal tally in a season was 28 in 2010/11. Macadie’s five-goal haul at Buckie in 2012 was the first time an Academy player had scored that many in a single Highland League match.