Turriff United 2
Wick Academy 3

Turriff United 

2 - 3

Wick Academy

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
The Haughs
3:00 PM Kick-off

Cameron Bowden (90)
Murray Esson (91)
Jack Halliday (6)
Jack Henry (64)
Grant Aitkenhead (84)

Team Managers
Kris Hunter Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Fraser Hobday
Owen Kinsella
Christopher Fairley
James Chalmers
Cameron Bowden
Keir Smith
Liam Norris
Adam Cross
Matthew McDonald
Gavin Elphinstone
Luke Kinsella
Gordon Clark
Colin Macrae
Sam Mackay
Danny Mackay
Gary Manson
Ryan Campbell
Jack Henry
Jack Halliday
Alan Hughes
Richard Macadie
David Allan

Rory Brown
Murray Esson
Lee McAllister
James Robson
Roy McBain
Lewis Buxton
Jacob Otto
Craig Gunn
Gordon MacNab
Grant Aitkenhead
Mark Macadie
James More

Murray Esson for Liam Norris (68) Gordon MacNab for Alan Hughes (68)
Mark Macadie for Richard Macadie (75)
Grant Aitkenhead for Jack Halliday (80)

Gavin Elphinston (43) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Filippo Mazzoni (Referee)
Christopher De Sykes & Brian Dean (Assistants)

Match Report

For the second year in a row Wick Academy have done the double over Turriff United. The last time Turriff managed to beat the Scorries was in April 2017. Danny Mackay made his 150th competitive appearance for the club today. Craig Gunn has missed the last four games through injury, but he was back on the bench. Grant Aitkenhead came on with 10 minutes of the second half to play and he scored his first goal for the club.

The two Jack’s, Halliday with a goal after only 6 minutes, and Henry on 64 minutes, had Academy two up.

Halliday’s opening goal capped off a great passing move with him and Jack Henry combining well with a neat one-two allowing Halliday on in goal and he finished off in style firing across the keeper into the corner of the net.

Half Time – Turriff United 0 – Wick Academy 1

Academy started to control the game and their second goal came on 64 minutes. Another good move saw the ball played in from the left to the feet of Jack Henry and he fired in a low drive from the edge of the penalty area past the helpless Fraser Hobday.

Grant Aitkenhead came on as a sub in the 80th minute and he scored his first goal for the club four minutes later to put head-room between the sides. The goal came from a chip from Gordon Macnab over the advancing Hobday. It bounced off the far post and Aitkenhead bundled it home from close range.

So game over, not a chance, the last three minutes were pretty intense! Gavin Elphinston had a header come off the bar and Cameron Bowden then pulled a goal back on 90 minutes. A high cross from the left was played back across goal by Matthew Mcdonald to the feet of Bowden who took a touch to control it and then smashed home high into the net from 6 yards out.

A minute later It was 2-3 with substitute Murray Esson getting on the score-sheet. Keeper Hobday lumped a high ball up-field that bounced about in the Academy box, Academy shouted for a push but play continued before the ball fell perfectly for Esson and he whipped a dipping shot high into the net and Academy’s three goal lead had almost evaporated.

Despite the late response from the home side, Academy held on to win the game. The result has lifted Academy up two places in the league to 9th.

Full Time – Turriff United 2 – Wick Academy 3

Match report written by John Briskham

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 15th January 2020.

Squad Statistics (as at January 11th, 2020)

2019/2020 All Time
Gordon Clark (GK)24 2 - 10 -
Danny Mackay28 14 - 1505
Colin Macrae21 7 - 281
Jack Henry28 124598
Richard Macadie32 245551200
Sam Mackay30 213347143
Ryan Campbell20 181242
Gary Manson36 26466150
Jack Halliday25 2039114
Alan Hughes24 23 - 1225
David Allan30 194366149
Gordon MacNab (sub)25 2137517
Grant Aitkenhead (sub)18 71141
Mark Macadie (sub)17 9 - 13 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at January 11th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 19 17 0 2 +65 51
2. Inverurie Locos 21 15 1 5 +35 46
3. Rothes 18 14 2 2 +33 44
4. Fraserburgh 17 13 3 1 +39 42
5. Buckie Thistle 18 13 0 5 +19 39
6. Nairn County 19 11 3 5 +5 36
7. Forres Mech 22 9 3 10 +12 30
8. Formartine Utd 16 9 2 5 +22 29
9. WICK 22 8 5 9 -6 29
10. Keith 20 8 4 8 -11 28
11. Deveronvale 21 8 3 10 -6 27
12. Huntly 21 4 5 12 -28 17
13. Strathspey 17 5 1 11 -16 16
14. Clachnacuddin 21 3 4 14 -27 13
15. Turriff United 21 3 3 15 -44 12
16. Lossiemouth 21 3 1 17 -51 10
17. Fort William 14 1 0 13 -41 3

Manager's Programme Notes

Very well done to Grant Aitkenhead who scored his first Academy goal today. Congratulations also to Danny Mackay on his 150th appearance.

Interview by Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier

Wick boss Tom McKenna said he was happy with his side’s performance at Turriff on Saturday – for the first 84 minutes at least.
“I was very pleased with how things had gone until then, although I could have done without the heart attacks at the end,” he said after two late Turriff goals reduced Academy’s margin of victory to 3-2.
“We started really well with a cracking goal, a brilliant team move that led to Jack Halliday firing it in. I made sure to compliment the boys on that because the football they played was superb.
“Unfortunately we sat off them after that and we had to thank Gordon Clark for ensuring the half-time score was 1-0.
“Fair play to Gordy. Sean [McCarthy] had been struggling with a groin problem and the night before he phoned to say that he was not going to be fit for this one.
“Gordy has come along week after week and been ready to make himself available if anything happened during a game to Sean. Some of the saves he pulled off were brilliant.
“The second half – last six minutes apart – was much better. We got closer to them, saw good movement off the ball, and when we got the ball we kept it for long periods. Jack Henry scored another cracker of a goal and then Grant Aitkenhead got his first-ever goal for us.”