Wick Academy 3
Clachnacuddin 2

Wick Academy
3 - 2

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Harmsworth Park. Att. 400
8:00 PM Kick-off

James Pickles (21)
Ross Allan (58)
Ross Allan (74)
Daniel McLennan (69)
Andrew Skinner (pen.) (91)

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Jack Halliday
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Ross Allan
James Pickles
Stevie Cunningham
Sam Mackay
Richard Macadie
Gary Weir
David Allan
Alexander Ridgers
Andrew Skinner
David Chambers
Martin Laing
David McGurk
Sean Fitzpatrick
Ryan Watson
Martin Callum
Jamie Doran
David Watson
Daniel McLennan

James More
Grant Campbell
John Budge
Alan Hughes
Bryan McKiddie
Lukasz Geruzel
Steven Anderson
Neil MacDonald
Scott MacLean
Fraser Robertson
Stephen MacKenzie
Ryan MacDonald
Dachi Khutsishvili
Aidan MacDonald

Lukasz Geruzel for Gary Weir (79)
Bryan McKiddie for Stevie Cunningham (86)
Steven Anderson for Richard Macadie (90)
Neil MacDonald for Martin Laing (76)
Dachi Khutsishvili for Ryan Watson (76)
Fraser Robertson for Martin Callum (86)

Gary Manson (91)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Elder (Referee)
Alexander McDonald & Stephen Tait (Assistants)

Match Report

With a makeshift defence Academy pulled off a great win in the first of this season's mid-week fixtures against visitors Clachnacuddin. Grant Campbell's flight from Aberdeen was turned back due to fog, Michael Seven was suspended and his brother Grant was on holiday. James Pickles slotted into centre-back and Ross Allan started the game and scored a brace.

Academy started the game kicking up the Harmsworth slope and in 20 minutes they opened the scoring. Clach goalkeeper Ridgers picked up a back-pass from David McGurk and referee Graham Elder awarded Academy an indirect free-kick on the edge of the box. Every Clach player flooded back into the penalty area but they couldn't stop a James Pickles low right foot strike as he was teed up by Richard Macadie.

1 - 0

Minutes later Richard Macadie fired in a corner that Sam Mackay headed just past the post.

On the half-hour Academy were unlucky not to increase their lead when good pressure won them another corner that Davie Allan headed against keeper Ridgers. The ball bounced off him, hit the post and landed back into his arms.

In a great flowing move Academy broke up the right wing, Davie Allan hit the burners before crossing into the box. Ridgers got down and parried the ball but there was no takers in a black and white top to knock it home.

Just before half-time Davie Allan again burst up the right wing and delivered to the feet of Weir 2 yards from goal but David Chambers threw his body in front of Weirs shot to knock the ball over the top of the bar.

Clach started to get some good possession of the ball and looked as if they were going to convert, but calm play by Academy saw them make their way up-field and they won 2 or 3 corners on the spin to release the pressure to go into the half-time break with a single goal advantage.

Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Clachnacuddin 0

Andrew Skinner and Ryan Watson had early pots at goal to begin the second half but neither managed to test McCarthy.

On 50 minutes Academy came close again. Mackay dinked the ball into the box for Macadie who let fly with a right foot shot that smashed off Ridger's left hand post.

Academy started to turn the screw and were rewarded with another goal. Ross Allan pushed up the left flank beating several challenges before delivering into the middle of the box. Weir was on-hand and fired the ball against keeper Ridgers but Ross Allan followed in and smashed home the re-bound.

2 - 0

Academy were looking comfortable but Clach pulled themselves right back into the game under the strangest of circumstances. The near-side assistant flagged for an Academy foul on the half-way line but referee Elder let play continue and Ryan Watson broke down the wing before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Daniel McLennan and he fired home from 4 yards out. The assistant kept his flag up and the referee went over to him and after a brief discussion the goal stood.

2 - 1

McCarthy was sharp as Clach went on the hunt for an equaliser and he did well to tip a dipping shot over his cross-bar.

Academy restored their 2 goal advantage in the next attack. Davie Allan's blistering pace took him to the bye-line and he cut the ball back to his brother Ross who sweep it home from close range for his second goal of the game.

3 - 1

Substitute Neil MacDonald had a shot that was just wide of target and Geruzel also scuffed a Davie Allan cross wide of target.

In the last minute Clach were awarded another controversial goal. Alan Farquhar slid in and looked to have won the ball cleanly off the toes of a Clach substitute trialist. Despite the Academy protests referee Elder awarded Clach a penalty that Andrew Skinner converted.

3 - 2

With time running out for the visitors the referee blew for the end of the game and Academy picked up another valuable three points.

Full Time - Wick Academy 3 - Clachnacuddin 2

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at August 6th, 2014)

2014/2015 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)21 3 - 3 -
James Pickles23 21647
Ross Allan21 321126
Alan Farquhar26 3 - 1813
Gary Manson30 3145834
Jack Halliday20 3 - 6 -
Richard Macadie27 32336133
Sam Mackay25 1 - 17077
Stevie Cunningham - 3 - 23141
David Allan24 3120298
Gary Weir17 32347137
Bryan McKiddie (sub) - 1 - 1767
Lukasz Geruzel (sub) - 217033
Steven Anderson (sub)21 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at August 6th, 2014)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 2 2 0 0 +10 6
2. Inverurie Locos 2 2 0 0 +8 6
3. WICK 2 2 0 0 +2 6
4. Formartine Utd 2 2 0 0 +2 6
5. Fraserburgh 2 1 1 0 +2 4
6. Buckie Thistle 2 1 1 0 +1 4
7. Turriff United 2 2 0 0 +5 3
8. Keith 2 1 0 1 +1 3
9. Strathspey 2 1 0 1 -3 3
10. Rothes 2 1 0 1 -6 3
11. Cove Rangers 2 0 1 1 -1 1
12. Clachnacuddin 2 0 1 1 -1 1
13. Deveronvale 2 0 1 1 -1 1
14. Forres Mech 2 0 1 1 -4 1
15. Fort William 2 0 0 2 -2 0
16. Nairn County 2 0 0 2 -2 0
17. Lossiemouth 2 0 0 2 -3 0
18. Huntly 2 0 0 2 -8 0