Wick Academy 4
Buckie Thistle 0

Wick Academy
4 - 0
Buckie Thistle 

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Neil Davidson (o.g.) (28)
Gary Weir (60)
Richard Macadie (71)
Richard Macadie (84)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
James More
Alex Lamb
Craig Shearer
Stevie Cunningham
Nigel MacKenzie
Stewart Ross
Bryan McKiddie
Richard Macadie
Gary Manson
Gary Weir
David Cowie
Kevin Main
Paul Napier
Mike MacDonald
Paul Lamberton
Robert Duncan
Kevin Small
Donnie Munro
Andy Matheson
Neil Davidson
Stephen Bruce
David MacRae

Daniel Budge
Michael Steven
Paul Wares
David Allan
Mark Hamilton
Charlie Brown
David Angus
Brian Neill
Jamie Fraser

David Allan for Gary Weir (87)
Paul Wares for Bryan McKiddie (89)
Charile Brown for Mike MacDonald (58)
David Angus for Andy Matheson (63)
Brian Neill for Stephen Bruce (85)

Stevie Cunningham (32)
Paul Napier (32)
David Macrae (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jason Hasson (Referee)

Match Report

Wick Academy notched up a club record 5th win in a row today with a 4-0 win over Gregg Carrols high-flying Buckie Thistle. It was also Academy's biggest ever win over Buckie. The result should sent yet another message out to the rest of the teams in the Highland League, that if they want to take points away from the Harmsworth Park then they are going to have to play their very best football.

The weather conditions for the game were pretty atrocious with a high wind and driving rain blowing up the Harmsworth Park slope. Academy started the game with the wind at their back but it was Buckie who made the first chance with 5 minutes on the clock. Stephen Bruce was played through the middle of the Academy defence but More was sharp off his line and sprinted out and managed to clear the ball off his toes. The ball fell to Mike MacDonald but he screwed his shot wide of target with More back-peddling to get into his goal.

3 minutes later Academy forced a corner. Macadie swung it into the box and the ball moved with the swirling wind and deceived the Buckie defensive back line. Stewart Ross managed to nip in and get his head to the ball, but it flashed just wide of target.

With 13 minutes played Academy were scrapping for every 50-50 ball and Weir almost capitalised when he bullied Andy Matheson off the ball on the edge of the Buckie box. Weir ran in on goal and got a shot on target but keeper Main got a foot to the ball and forced it wide for a corner.

Academy opened the scoring just before the half-hour. Macadie whipped in another dangerous corner and Stewart Ross rose between two Buckie defenders in an attempt to head home. Andy Davidson nicked the ball off Ross's head and it flew past an outstretched Main for an unfortunate own-goal.

1 - 0
Buckie drove back down-field from the kick-off and won a corner which Stephen Bruce almost converted but More was on-hand to make a fine stop.

Half Time 1 - 0

So with Buckie now having the advantage of the wind at their back it looked as if the Scorries may have to endure a difficult second half, but they started the brighter of the two sides, adapting to the conditions by keeping the ball on the deck with short crisp passes. This almost paid off with only 7 minutes of the half played when McKiddie slid Davie Cowie into the middle of the Buckie box and he let fly with a dipping right foot shot but it went just over the top of the cross-bar.

Buckie almost levelled the scores 3 minutes later when David MacRae picked up a loose ball 25 yards from goal and smacked a wind assisted shot on target. More went air-born and got finger-tips to the ball with a terrific save and tipped it over the top of the cross-bar.

Gregg Carroll made his first change in an attempt to get back into the game with 58 minutes played when he took on veteran striker Charlie Brown for Mike MacDonald.

With an hour gone Academy doubled their lead. Macadie played a neat one-two with Weir that sent Weir dashing through the heart of the Buckie defence and one-on-one with keeper Main. Weir kept his cool and slotted home his 8th league goal of the season, and the "Harmsworth Roar" was probably heard in Lybster as the home fans went wild.

2 - 0

Weir had a good chance for his second in the next Academy attack. Nigel MacKenzie drove up-field and slid Weir into the edge of the box. It looked as if he had a chance to shoot at goal, but he took an extra touch on the ball and was quickly crowded out by the Buckie defence.

Academy were playing some really neat controlled football and were by this stage in pretty much control of the game, and they were rewarded with another goal in the 71st minute. Cowie squared the ball after a run up the right wing and it broke to Macadie in the middle of the box. He controlled it and slotted home past Main.

3 - 0

Charlie Brown had a chance to get the hoops back into the game. Stewart Ross took a goal-kick which the wind drove back up-field where Brown picked it up but he screwed his shot well wide of target in what was a relatively easy chance for a striker of his experience.

The Scorries put the seal on a very impressive victory with only 6 minutes left to play. Stevie Cunningham skipped past 3 defenders with good close ball control and drove a low cross from the right into the Buckie box. Macadie was in perfect position to run in and beat Main to the ball and he stuck it home for his second of the game.

4 - 0

Full Time 4 - 0

Both Forres and Nairn won their games today, so Academy remain in 10th place with a points total of 30 for their 20 games played, only 2 points short of last seasons total.

Next weekend Academy are home in the second round of the Fosters League Cup against Inverurie, and f they can keep-up this run of form the Locos are going to have a tough game on their hands.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at March 14th, 2009)

2008/2009 All Time
James More (GK)20 13 - 73 -
Alex Lamb - 14 - 1251
Nigel MacKenzie - 22422737
Stevie Cunningham - 234234
Craig Shearer - 27632040
Gary Manson25 24226327
Richard Macadie21 27912325
Bryan McKiddie - 262712
Stewart Ross - 20112415
Gary Weir11 271615650
David Cowie - 28317510
Paul Wares (sub) - 2 - 2 -
David Allan (sub)19 9191

League Table (as at March 14th, 2009)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 19 14 3 2 +47 45
2. Deveronvale 19 13 4 2 +34 43
3. Huntly 20 12 2 6 +13 38
4. Keith 22 12 2 8 +12 38
5. Inverurie Locos 17 11 3 3 +21 36
6. Buckie Thistle 20 11 2 7 +13 35
7. Fraserburgh 22 9 7 6 +11 34
8. Forres Mech 19 9 4 6 +16 31
9. Nairn County 21 9 4 8 0 31
10. WICK 20 9 3 8 +1 30
11. Clachnacuddin 18 5 6 7 -1 21
12. Lossiemouth 21 5 3 13 -17 18
13. Rothes 19 1 3 15 -41 6
14. Brora Rangers 18 1 3 14 -48 6
15. Fort William 17 0 1 16 -61 1