Wick Academy 2
Forres Mech 2
League


Wick Academy
2 - 2
Forres Mech 

League
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
Harmsworth Park. Att. 350
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Steven Anderson (26)
Richard Macadie (47)
Stuart Soane (26)
Garry Tweedie (83)

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly
Charlie Rowley

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Grant Steven
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Danny Mackay
Richard Macadie
Sam Mackay
Gary Manson
James Pickles
Steven Anderson
Ross Maciver
Stuart Knight
Graeme Grant (C)
Martin Groat
Scott Moore
Lee Fraser
Alan Pollock
Craig McGovern
John Cameron
Ross McPherson
Calum Howarth
Stuart Soane

Bench
Billy Miller
Andrew Mackay
Marc MacGregor
Ross Allan
Gary Weir
Graham Fraser
Garry Tweedie
Owen Paterson
Ryan Stuart
Charlie Brown
Brandon Hutcheson
Jamie Brown

Substitutions
Gary Weir for Ross Maciver (76)
Andrew Mackay for Richard Macadie (88)
Ryan Stuart for Scott Moore (65)
Garry Tweedie for Martin Groat (79)

Cautions
Michael Steven (31)
James Pickles (73)
Graeme Grant (31)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)
Gary McCarthy & Alexander McDonald (Assistants)




Match Report


Fans and players braved horrendous weather conditions at Harmsworth Park today as Academy and visitors Forres battled out a 2-2 draw. Both sets of players must be credited with putting on an entertaining game of football with a strong cross-wind and torrential driving rain persistent for the full 90 minutes.

Steven Anderson stuck away his 17th goal of the season to put the Scorries a goal to the good after only 8 minutes. Stuart Soane squared the scores on 25 minutes to put the teams in at half-time on level terms.

Richard Macadie put Academy ahead again shortly after the break when he scored his 150th league goal for the club, but substitute Garry Tweedie earned Forres a share of the points with only 7 minutes of time left on the clock.

Academy started well and in the eighth minute a long ball from Sam Mackay turned defence into attack in an instant and released Anderson, who skipped by the last defender and slotted past Forres keeper Stuart Knight with the aid of a slight deflection.

1 - 0

Knight had the toughest job of any player in the first half with any goal kick or long clearance being blown straight back towards his goal by the ferocious wind.

It was Forres, though, who were able to use the weather to their advantage when they grabbed an equaliser in the 26th minute. Former Brora Rangers midfielder Alan Pollock floated a high corner into the mix, causing panic in the home defence and the ball ended up falling kindly to Stuart Soane. The big centre back made no mistake in lashing the ball past Sean McCarthy.

1 - 1

Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Forres Mechanics 1

Academy retook the lead two minutes into the second half when the Forres defence failed to deal with Anderson's cross from the left and Macadie easily tapped in at the back post.

2 - 1

With the wind now at their backs, the visitors were launching the ball long at every opportunity and from one such instance John Cameron latched onto a Lee Fraser flick-on but he scuffed his effort to give McCarthy an easy save.

Academy were finding plenty space on the counter-attack and were inches away from extending their lead midway through the half when Sam Mackay slipped in Anderson, but his effort cannoned off the inside of the post.

The match was end-to-end at times and it was Forres who were next to threaten when Cameron found space in the box, but McCarthy was out quickly to make a great save and smother the rebound.

Gary Weir replaced Maciver with quarter of an hour remaining and the substitute had a great chance to seal all three points for Academy when he was played through by Sam Mackay, only to see his first effort well blocked by Knight and his rebound cleared off the line by Soane.

In the end it was a Forres sub who would strike the decisive blow in the game with seven minutes remaining when Garry Tweedie, on the park a matter of minutes, chested down a cross from the right and hit an excellent half-volley into the top corner to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

2 - 2

Full Time - Wick Academy 2 - Forres Mechanics 2

Match report written by John Briskham



Squad Statistics (as at February 4th, 2017)


2016/2017 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)23 19 - 96 -
Andrew Hardwick24 16 - 16 -
Michael Steven26 22320311
Grant Steven24 21 - 1776
Danny Mackay26 22 - 621
Gary Manson33 22155037
Sam Mackay27 2016261124
Richard Macadie29 2511441176
James Pickles26 24215116
Ross Maciver - 2 - 2 -
Steven Anderson24 251710450
Andrew Mackay (sub) - 18 - 18 -
Gary Weir (sub)19 194433167






League Table (as at February 4th, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Buckie Thistle 26 20 3 3 +72 63
2. Brora Rangers 27 19 3 5 +58 60
3. Cove Rangers 25 18 5 2 +57 59
4. Formartine Utd 22 15 3 4 +29 48
5. Fraserburgh 25 14 5 6 +12 47
6. WICK 23 13 5 5 +26 44
7. Forres Mech 24 12 5 7 +10 41
8. Turriff United 25 13 2 10 +7 41
9. Keith 28 13 2 13 -4 41
10. Clachnacuddin 27 10 7 10 -10 37
11. Inverurie Locos 26 8 8 10 +6 32
12. Lossiemouth 26 9 4 13 -10 31
13. Nairn County 27 6 6 15 -17 24
14. Huntly 23 6 5 12 -31 23
15. Deveronvale 27 6 3 18 -23 21
16. Rothes 25 5 3 17 -60 18
17. Strathspey 24 2 3 19 -52 9
18. Fort William 26 2 2 22 -70 8