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Craig Gunn (42)
Richard Macadie (93)
Ryan Stewart for Fraser Forbes (65)
Brodie Allen for Ryan Elliott (71)
Scott Wilson for Connor Macauley (89)
Gordon MacNab for Mark Macadie (69)
Alan Hughes for Craig Gunn (69)
Richard Macadie for Jack Henry (75)
Connor McCaulay (33)
Ryan Sewell (45)
Jack Henry (45)
Danny Mackay (59)
Ross Allan (61)
Gary Manson (88)
Liam Duncan (Referee)
Craig Gunn scored his 12th goal of the season today to open the scoring three minutes before the first half break. It looked as if that goal would be all that separated the sides, but substitute Richard Macadie knocked in a second deep into injury time to ensure the three points headed back to Wick.
The result caps a pretty good points return for Academy for the month of January, with three wins and just the one defeat at the hands of Forres Mechanics at Harmsworth Park last weekend.
Academy now welcome Nairn to Wick next Saturday.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Gordon Clark (GK)||24||4||-||12||-|
|Gordon MacNab (sub)||25||22||3||76||17|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||32||26||6||553||201|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||24||24||-||123||5|
Interview by Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier
“I don’t know how Lossiemouth are second bottom,” was Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna’s verdict on Saturday.
The Scorries emerged as 2-0 winners from their Highland League clash against the Coasters at Grant Park thanks to goals from Craig Gunn after 42 minutes and Richard Macadie in stoppage time.
The win, their third from their last four matches, ensures they remain in ninth spot, a point behind Forres Mechanics and behind Formartine United only on goal difference – although Formartine have played far fewer games.
It was Academy’s third clean sheet of the season in all competitions. Their defence – goalkeeper Gordon Clark and centre half Danny Mackay especially – had to put up a stoic rearguard action to keep Lossie out.
Wave upon wave of attacks flowed into the Academy penalty area and Clark had to pull off a number of saves, with Mackay, and skipper Alan Farquhar alongside him, putting in important tackles aplenty.
But the key factor is that Lossiemouth were unable to hit the target whereas the Scorries took full advantage of the chances they had to emerge as victors.
McKenna said: “I don’t know how Lossiemouth are second bottom in the league. “I’ve got to give them enormous credit for the way that they played against us.
“They played with high energy, were good on the ball, used possession well, were physical and created chances.
“We just couldn’t get any rhythm going and we had to dig in because for long spells of the game we had our backs to the wall.
“However, one thing that was in our favour was that we had the necessary quality in the final third of the pitch and we outscored them to win this game.
“We have to recognise that the way we defended helped to set up this result.
“Danny [Mackay] was superb, as was Gordy in goal, along with Alan Farquhar who once again was brilliant for us,” the manager added.
“Alan has been outstanding for us this season. He’s a leader by example – as is Danny.”