0 - 3
0 - 3
Andy Paterson (10)
Andy Paterson (82)
Dave Baxter (86)
John MacDonald & Pat Miller
Ian Elder for Derek Shearer
Robert Munro for Colin Chambers
G Simpson (Referee)
Wick Academy will have won new friend for their spirited Highland League debut against Cove Rangers, one of the fancied teams this season.
The result – 3-0 to the visitors – may not have gone according to the script, but the tenacious approach and fair play of the newcomers augur well for the season ahead.
To lose to Cove is no disgrace, but the three-goal margin was a flattering reflection on their undoubted superiority. The Caithness lads thought are on a learning curve and will cause one or two upsets if they can capture the little sparkle that was missing from the final third of the field on Saturday.
Caithness has waited a long time for Highland League football. Over 1,000 fans paid to see the local team in action at long last and while such an attendance is unlikely to be repeated on a dreich winter’s night, the players and officials know the county will be with them every step of the way on their journey ahead.
Academy keeper Alistair Budge was in action diving to save shots from Baxter in the 3rd minute and blocking another Baxter effort in the 6th minute. However he was beaten by a Paterson header after 10 minutes.
Cove were denied further scoring chances for a quarter hour until Baxter shot from 25 yards and Budge made a spectacular save.
Academy had several corners and Richard Clarkson tested Cove keeper McLean.
Cover were on top in the second half until the 64th minute when Alan Murray put Clarkson through for Academy’s best chance so far and McLean came smartly off his line to intercept.
The decisive moment of the match came in the 82nd minute when McLean again thwarted Clarkson and from his clearance Paterson went on to score Cove’s second goal.
Four minutes later Baxter completed the scoring.
Match report written by Caithness Courier
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No league table has been added for this season.