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|None.||Stuart Soane (28)|
Gary Weir for Alex Lamb (66)
Ross Allan for Gary Manson (76)
Ross MacPherson for Duncan Jones (39)
Kris Duncan for Scott Moore (65)
Alex Lamb (63)
Michael Steven (76)
Sam Mackay (80)
David Allan (85)
Ross Allan (86)
Simon Allan (64)
Paul Smith (68)
Kris Duncan (71)
Stuart Knight (90)
Graham Elder (Referee)
Academy's fantastic league home record was ended on Saturday by Forres Mechanics. A 1st half goal from Stuart Soane won the match for the visitors.
The last team to beat Academy at the Harmsworth Park was Fraserburgh on the 8th October 2011, so that's a 2 year and 4 day record of undefeated league results covering 33 games. This includes 5 draws and 28 wins, and a sequence of 19 winning games. The last time Academy failed to score a goal in a league game was against Inverurie Locos at Harlaw Park in April 2013, a run of 13 league games where we have scored at least once. It also ended a run of 41 league games at Harmsworth Park where we have failed to score.
Although there is disappointment in getting beat, this is a record that any side in the country would be delighted with, so the team should be very proud of this achievement.
Academy started the game at a great tempo and created several good chances within the first 15 minutes.
After 5 minutes Stevie Cunningham whipped in a deep cross but Craig Shearer headed his attempt over the cross-bar.
Lukasz Geruzel and Davie Allan then combined when Geruzel slipped Allan into the box but Forres keeper Stuart Knight got hands to his shot and turned it around his left post for a corner. The corner was fired in and after a bit of a scramble Richard Macadie fired a left foot shot from the edge of the box that went just over the intersection of post and cross-bar.
Geruzel and Allan then had a repeat move of the one created moments earlier with Knight again blocking Allan's shot which was then cleared behind for another corner by Simon Allan.
Geruzel then had a half-volley that went straight to keeper Stuart Knight.
Forres had their first real crack on target on 14 minutes when Paul Smith drove a shot straight at Michael Gray. Gray was then quick off his line to clear a long ball that was played through to Lee Fraser.
In Forres's next attack Gary Manson headed out a high ball which fell to Scott Moore who hit a great shot that shaved off the outside of Gray's right hand post.
Academy should have taken the lead on 27 minutes when Geruzel flicked the ball over the top of the Forres defence for Sam Mackay who tried to chip keeper Knight but he put just too much on it and it went over the cross-bar.
So several great chances for Academy which they couldn't convert and it was Forres that scored the opener in the next attack. The ball was swung in from the left by Graham Fraser and was picked up by Stuart Soane and he smacked a shot from about 18 yards into Gray's bottom left hand corner.
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Gray then made a good save as Scott More found half a yard on his defender Alex Lamb and he fired the ball across the face of goal which Gray dived to his right to stop with a strong hand.
Forres were then forced to make a change with Duncan Jones coming off injured and Ross MacPherson came on in his place. Referee Graham Elder stopped the game for well over a minute allowing MacPherson time to get his strip on and boots tied which riled up the home support.
Half Time - Wick Academy 0 - Forres Mechanics 1
Academy started the second half in attacking mood and a ball from the right found the head of Geruzel but his header went just wide of target. Mackay then played another cross into Geruzel but again the big Polish striker flashed his header just wide of target from 6 yards out.
Academy kept on the attack but it just seemed is if nothing would fall to them as the Forres defence cut out several through balls for Academy runners.
The Scorries then should have squared the scores. Macadie hit the bye-line on the right and fired across goal. It went past everyone before being returned from the left by Cunningham for Geruzel who was free in the box but he missed the ball with a gaping net waiting. Any touch at all would have probably seen it cross the line. It had the makings of one of those days!
Alex Lamb picked up a booking for a trip on Lee Fraser, and Forres had a claim for a hand ball from the free kick resulting in Simon Allan also getting a booking for protesting about it to referee Graham Elder.
Academy made a change bringing on Gary Weir for Alex Lamb and as Forres started to play deeper Academy pushed to try to get the equaliser.
The remainder of the game was punctuated by a further 7 bookings the bulk of which appeared to be for dissent.
Ross Allan came on for Gary Manson and he was immediately into the action as he crossed to the head of Gary Weir but he couldn't direct it on target.
A Mackay drive from 20 yards went over the cross-bar and he was then one of the late bookings as he protested when about 30 yards from goal a Forres player slid in and nicked the ball of his toes playing it back to keeper Knight who picked it up. It looked like a sound case for a pass-back but referee Elder waved away the protests.
Forres defended in numbers as the game fizzled out as they cleared everything that came in their direction and in about their only goal threat of the second half Gray saved a good attempt from a Simon Allan free-kick.
Full Time - Wick Academy 0 - Forres Mechanics 1
Formartine United beat Huntly 4-1 so they are top of the table over Brora Rangers who were in Scottish Cup action today. Academy are 3rd with a 4 point lead over nearest rivals Nairn County.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||6||-||63||-|
|Ross Allan (sub)||20||9||-||97||1|
|Gary Weir (sub)||16||14||8||323||120|