Wick Academy 2
Brora Rangers 3
League


Wick Academy
2 - 3
Brora Rangers 

League
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Harmsworth Park. Att. 600
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jack Halliday (30)
Richard Macadie (pen.) (51)
Martin Maclean (16)
Paul Brindle (41)
Scott Graham (75)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Ross Tokely

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Grant Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Danny Mackay
Jack Henry
Ross Allan
Jack Halliday
Gordon C McNab
Gary Manson
Richard Macadie
Steven Anderson
Cameron Mackay
John Pickles
Ally Macdonald
Colin Williamson
Jamie Duff
Gavin Morrison
Scott Graham
Steven Mackay
Paul Brindle
Martin Maclean
Andrew Greig

Bench
Danny McCarthy
Aiden Reid
Michael Steven
Sam Mackay
Alan Hughes
Scott Lisle
Ryan Paterson
Craig Gunn
Craig Campbell
William Counsell

Substitutions
Sam Mackay for Gordon C McNab (70)
Alan Hughes for Ross Allan (84)
Michael Steven for Andrew Hardwick (84)
Craig Campbell for Andrew Greig (63)
Craig Gunn for Paul Brindle (70)
Scott Lisle for Scott Graham (84)

Cautions
Andrew Hardwick (68)
Paul Brindle (32)
Martin Maclean (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Watt (Referee)
Scott Matthew & Barry Stuart (Assistants)




Match Report


Wick Academy were made to pay the penalty when a Scott Graham spotkick proved the difference in a five goal thriller at Harmsworth Park.
Heavy rain overnight had put the match in doubt but a pitch inspection mid morning confirmed the pitch playable and match went ahead after a minutes silence was held in memory of Nairn County player Calum Riddell who lost his battle with a brain tumour earlier in the week.
In the most open north derby contest in recent years, the hosts created a number of chances in a battling performance against big spending Brora Rangers. But the Caithness club’s five year wait for a victory against their Sutherland opponents in the Highland League goes on as Brora continued their title charge.
Striker Marc Macgregor was missing due to personal commitments with manager Tom McKenna opting for Gary Manson ahead of Michael Steven at left back.
Midfielder Sam Mackay also returned to the squad after being in Barcelona last weekend but was named as a substitute.
Wick started off brightest as Steven Anderson went close with two chances, one saved by goalkeeper Cameron Mackay while the other went inches wide of the post.
Brora took the lead after 16 minutes from a corner kick when Paul Brindle saw his header blocked by Sean McCarthy but Martin Maclean pounced to nod the rebound in the net.
Wick levelled on the half hour mark after clearing a Brora corner kick and launched a counter attack where Richard Macadie’s cross found Jack Halliday unchallenged in the box and he thundered his shot into the top right corner from 12 yards.
But the visitors regained the lead four minutes from half time when sloppy defending from Academy allowed Scott Graham’s pass to go straight through and find Paul Brindle who charged into the box before firing past McCarthy.
Brora should have gone 3-1 ahead before half time when Maclean’s cross to the edge of the six yard box found Brindle but he somehow fired wide.
Academy started the second half of brightly and drew level again seven minutes into the second half when a long ball into the box saw a sloppy handball from Steven Mackay awarding the hosts a penalty. Macadie showed why he is the spot-kick specialist by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to bring the game level to the delight of the crowd.
Boosted by the spot-kick, a resurgent Wick almost took the lead midway through the second half when in an excellent passage of play, Manson teed up Sam Mackay at the edge of the box but his shot was well saved by Cameron Mackay.
The decisive moment of the game came 15 minutes from time when Danny Mackay fouled Scott Graham in the box with a sliding tackle, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a penalty. Graham sent McCarthy the wrong way to give Brora all three points.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, October 11, 2017.



Squad Statistics (as at October 7th, 2017)


2017/2018 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)24 12 - 117 -
Andrew Hardwick25 7 - 271
Grant Steven25 1111977
Danny Mackay26 14 - 872
Jack Halliday23 131282
Ross Allan24 13119210
Jack Henry25 8 - 8 -
Richard Macadie30 146468183
Gary Manson33 14157538
Gordon C McNab29 104104
Steven Anderson24 13412657
Michael Steven (sub)27 9 - 22111
Sam Mackay (sub)28 93278131
Alan Hughes (sub)22 1 - 501






League Table (as at October 7th, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Fraserburgh 13 10 2 1 +32 32
2. Cove Rangers 11 10 1 0 +47 31
3. Brora Rangers 12 9 1 2 +19 28
4. Buckie Thistle 12 8 1 3 +21 25
5. Inverurie Locos 13 8 1 4 +16 25
6. Formartine Utd 12 7 1 4 +13 22
7. Turriff United 12 6 2 4 -4 20
8. Rothes 11 6 1 4 +5 19
9. Huntly 12 6 1 5 -5 19
10. Nairn County 11 6 1 4 -6 19
11. Forres Mech 13 5 3 5 +1 18
12. Clachnacuddin 12 4 3 5 -1 15
13. Deveronvale 12 4 1 7 -5 13
14. WICK 11 3 3 5 +1 12
15. Lossiemouth 13 1 2 10 -28 5
16. Keith 12 1 1 10 -19 4
17. Strathspey 12 1 0 11 -39 3
18. Fort William 12 0 1 11 -48 1