Wick Academy 4
Clachnacuddin 0

Wick Academy
4 - 0

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Harmsworth Park
8:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Weir (5)
Lukasz Geruzel (10)
Lukasz Geruzel (18)
Lukasz Geruzel (87)

Team Managers
Barry Wilson

Starting Eleven
Michael Gray
Grant Steven
Michael Steven
Stevie Cunningham
Gary Manson
Ross Allan
James Pickles
Sam Mackay
Craig Shearer
Lukasz Geruzel
Gary Weir
John Campbell
Struan Scott-Woodhouse
Martin Callum
Bruce Milne
Colin Williamson
Brian Macleod
Chris Ross
Alan Pollock
Sean Ellis
Scott Graham
Michael Finnis

James More
Shaun Sinclair
Bryan McKiddie
Alan Hughes
Barry Wilson
Sam Urquhart
Paul Brindle
Mark Dougal
Neil MacDonald
Michael Ellis

Shaun Sinclair for Gary Weir (74)
Barry Wilson for Ross Allan (83)
Alan Hughes for Sam Mackay (89)
Sam Urquhart for Michael Finnis (46)
Michael Ellis for Martin Callum (71)

Ross Allan (43)
Lukasz Geruzel (90)
Chris Ross (24)
Sean Ellis (64)
Colin Williamson (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Elder (Referee)

Match Report

Academy were without Davie Allan, Richard Macadie and Alan Farquhar for tonight's clash against Clachnacuddin, but you wouldn't have really known it as they cruised to a hard fought, but convincing 4-0 win. Gary Weir and Lukasz Geruzel started their first game together, and within 5 minutes Geruzel set up Weir for the opening goal. Geruzel chipped in with two well taken goals of his own in the first half to put us in with a comfortable 3 goal lead at half time.

Manager Barry Wilson made his competitive debut for the Scorries with 83 minutes on the clock and he contributed to the 4th goal as he managed to get a toe on the ball whilst down on the ground to knock it into the path of Geruzel who swept it home for his hat-trick.

Academy opened the scoring in the 5th minute. The ball was worked up the right flank to Lukasz Geruzel who crossed to Gary Weir at near post. Weir took it first-time and fired in a right foot low shot past keeper John Campbell's left hand.

1 - 0

2 minutes later Academy break again and cause havoc in the Clach box. Geruzel ran into the box before sliding it to Weir. He returned the pass to Geruzel who flicked it over the defenders and both Geruzel and Weir sprinted for the ball keeper Campbell got their first. Weir however out-muscled him of the ball but was pushed wide of goal before shooting from a tight angle. Campbell however recovered back and got a tip on the ball to block it and Struan Scott-Woodhouse humped the ball to safety.

On 10 minutes Academy doubled their lead. The ball was played to Geruzel on the edge of the Clach box. The big man turned on a sixpence losing defender Bruce Milne and rifled home with a right foot shot.

2 - 0

Academy had two further good chances. First up the left wing when Davie Allan drove forward to the edge of the box and crossed but the ball went just over the head of Geruzel who was looking to nod it home. Sam then flew up right wing and he crossed, again to Geruzel, but he couldn't stretch enough to get contact on it and it flew past the post, any contact would have sent it into the goal.

It took Clach 14 minutes before they had any serious sort of attempt on goal. Scott-Woodhouse had a shot from 20 yards out that went just wide of Gray's right hand post.

Academy attacked again and ripped Clach apart up the right wing. The ball was played over the top to Weir who ran in to the box. He took his time and worked his way to the bye-line before squaring to Geruzel and he hammered home with a right foot shot giving keeper Campbell no chance.

3 - 0

Mackay then had a free-kick that nicked off Geruzel who had positioned himself on the end of the Clach wall, and the ball flew just past the post.

Chris Ross was booked by referee Graham Elder after he and Gray had a sprint to the ball at the edge of the Academy box. Gray got their first and had a dramatic fall looking for a penalty, but Gray hadn't touched him.

On 26 minutes Clach won a free kick which was floated into the Academy box by Sean Ellis. The ball bounced about before falling to Allan Pollock who struck it goal-bound but Gray made a great save diving across to his right pushing it past his post for a corner.

Half-Time - Wick Academy 3 - Clachnacuddin 0

Clach made a change for the start of the second half with Sam Urquhart coming on for Michael Finnis.

Clach won a corner kick with 7 minutes of the second half played. It was swung in and flew across the face of goal begging for a turn-in but missed everyone and went out at the back post.

Clach are playing better this half and are pushing to try to get back into the game. A long ball was played into the Academy box. Craig Shearer took a swing to try to clear it but scuffed the ball which looped up into the air and Gray did well under pressure to jump up and grab it.

Clach kept trying to get a goal back and Allan Pollock got a shot on target but Gray was there yet again to dive down to his right and gather the ball.

On 75 minutes Academy thought they'd scored again. Sam Mackay broke down the left and ran into the box. Keeper Campbell came and closed the angle and Mackay sent a little dink over his head but Campbell managed to stretch up and got a hand to the ball deflecting it just past the outside of the back post.

Clach won another corner that Grant Steven cleared off the line as Academy battled to keep the clean sheet.

Manager Wilson made his debut for Academy when he came on for Ross Allan, and he contributed to the next goal. The ball was played to him just outside the Clach box and as he fell to the ground he managed to lay it into the path of Geruzel who lifted the ball into the roof of the net for his hat-trick.

4 - 0

Full-Time - Wick Academy 4 - Clachnacuddin 0

Formartine United were beaten 2-1 tonight by Forres Mechanics and with Coves game against Fraserburgh postponed the result puts Academy back to the top of the table.

Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2013)

2012/2013 All Time
Michael Gray (GK) - 27 - 52 -
Grant Steven20 251572
Michael Steven23 201654
James Pickles22 232232
Ross Allan19 22 - 821
Gary Manson29 26240432
Stevie Cunningham - 28317539
Craig Shearer - 24245262
Sam Mackay23 271112356
Lukasz Geruzel - 25182518
Gary Weir15 2311295107
Shaun Sinclair (sub) - 9 - 190 -
Alan Hughes (sub)17 2 - 7 -
Barry Wilson (sub) - 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at February 27th, 2013)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. WICK 21 16 0 5 +38 48
2. Cove Rangers 21 14 4 3 +38 46
3. Formartine Utd 19 15 1 3 +37 46
4. Clachnacuddin 19 13 1 5 +14 40
5. Forres Mech 23 12 3 8 +26 39
6. Deveronvale 20 12 3 5 +22 39
7. Nairn County 16 12 2 2 +22 38
8. Inverurie Locos 21 11 3 7 +14 36
9. Brora Rangers 25 10 3 12 0 33
10. Keith 20 10 2 8 +3 32
11. Buckie Thistle 21 8 4 9 0 28
12. Huntly 22 9 1 12 -3 28
13. Fraserburgh 19 7 4 8 +9 25
14. Turriff United 18 6 3 9 -10 21
15. Strathspey 21 4 0 17 -58 12
16. Rothes 23 3 2 18 -55 11
17. Lossiemouth 21 3 0 18 -43 9
18. Fort William 20 1 2 17 -54 5