Wick Academy 1
Rothes 1
League


Wick Academy
1 - 1
Rothes 

League
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Harmsworth Park. Att. 400
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
James Pickles (67)
Gordon McNab (26)

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly
Steven MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Danny Mackay
Grant Steven
Michael Steven
James Pickles
Andrew Mackay
Gary Manson
Richard Macadie
Alan Farquhar
Marc MacGregor
Steven Anderson
Andrew Ross
Christopher Brown
Stephen Rennie (C)
Ryan McRitchie
Blair Mcdonald
Kelvin Main
Cameron Lisle
Jack Maley
Keir Smith
Gordon McNab
James Mackay

Bench
Billy Miller
Andrew Hardwick
Andrew Miller
Sean Campbell
Ross Allan
Grant Munro
Struan McArthur
Daniel Macivor
Steven MacDonald

Substitutions
Ross Allan for Andrew Mackay (28)
Grant Munro for Keir Smith (70)

Cautions
Michael Steven (23)
Alan Farquhar (81)
Ryan McRitchie (43)
Christopher Brown (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Douglas Ross (Referee)
Gary McCarthy & Gordon Seago (Assistants)




Match Report


Academy shared the points with visitors Rothes today with a 1-1 draw. Gordon McNab curled in a well taken free-kick on 26 minutes but James Pickles poked the ball home from close range with 23 minutes left to rescue a point. Academy pushed and had chances for the winner with Rothes keeper Andrew Ross making some great saves to ensure that the spoils were shared.

In the first attack of the game Michael Steven delivered a cross into the Rothes box which Andrew Mackay got his head to but he couldn't direct it on target and it flashed just passed the post.

Michel Steven again delivered into the box, this time for Marc MacGregor, who teed up Andrew Mackay 10 yards from goal but Rothes keeper Andrew Ross stuck out a foot to make a good save.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute. They won a free-kick 25 yards from goal which Gordon McNab struck as sweet as a nut, curling it over the wall and into the top right hand corner of the net.

0 - 1

James Mackay came close to doubling the advantage but Sean McCarthy managed to tip his 35 yard effort around his post for a corner.

Half Time - Wick Academy 0 - Rothes 1

Academy pressed for the equalizer from the off and Anderson came close with a header that flashed just passed the outside of the post.

Pickles had a sliced shot after being teed up by Macadie, and Gary Manson had a crack from range with a left foot shot that also went just wide of target.

Academy levelled the scores in the 67th minute. Ross Allan did well driving forward before crossing to James Pickles and he powered home with a low drive from 6 yards out.

1 - 1

Keeper Ross in the Rothes goal produced the save of the game as he managed to dive across his goal-line and push an attempt from Marc MacGregor onto his post and out for a corner.

Jack Maley then came very close for the visitors as he burst through the Academy defence before firing his attempt inches wide of the target.

In the last action of the game Ryan McRitchie tried to clear a crossed ball but it looped towards the top corner of the net and keeper Ross had to be sharp to pull off another great stop palming the ball out. The ball was kept in play and was fired back into the mix but Ross Allan could only head wide of target and the points were shared.

Full Time - Wick Academy 1 - Rothes 1

The teams will meet again at Mackessack Park on the 19th April in the first round of the Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup and Academy know that if they are going to defend the trophy they are going to have to be at their very best to get passed a resurgent Rothes side.

Match report written by John Briskham



Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 2017)


2016/2017 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)23 26 - 103 -
Danny Mackay26 291692
Michael Steven27 29321111
Grant Steven24 27 - 1836
Marc MacGregor22 3076719
Alan Farquhar29 1612704
Richard Macadie29 3312449177
Gary Manson33 30155937
Andrew Mackay - 22 - 22 -
James Pickles26 30316017
Steven Anderson24 321911252
Ross Allan (sub)23 16 - 1779






League Table (as at April 1st, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 31 23 6 2 +69 75
2. Buckie Thistle 30 23 3 4 +79 72
3. Brora Rangers 31 23 3 5 +72 72
4. Formartine Utd 30 21 4 5 +31 67
5. Fraserburgh 31 18 6 7 +31 60
6. Forres Mech 31 16 5 10 +18 53
7. WICK 30 15 7 8 +27 52
8. Turriff United 31 16 3 12 +12 51
9. Inverurie Locos 32 12 8 12 +14 44
10. Keith 33 14 2 17 -15 44
11. Lossiemouth 32 11 5 16 -8 38
12. Clachnacuddin 33 10 8 15 -25 38
13. Huntly 31 9 7 15 -36 34
14. Nairn County 32 8 7 17 -18 31
15. Deveronvale 31 8 3 20 -21 27
16. Rothes 30 7 4 19 -62 25
17. Strathspey 31 2 3 26 -77 9
18. Fort William 32 2 2 28 -91 8