0 - 3
Jack Halliday (55)
Gordon MacNab (61)
Alan Hughes (65)
|Alisdair Munro & Gordon Nicolson||
James McShane (C)
Alan Hughes for Sam Mackay (62)
David Allan for Gordon MacNab (72)
Alan Farquhar for Richard Macadie (82)
Ross Allan (51)
Andrew Hardwick (57)
Darren Munro (Referee)
Wick boss Tom McKenna says his troops are in a good place following a comprehensive 3-0 win at Strathspey Thistle. Second-half goals from Jack Halliday, Gordon MacNab and Alan Hughes wrapped up the points which takes them to 11th in the Highland League table. Academy have the chance to go up even further in the league tomorrow afternoon when the Scorries entertain Deveronvale at Harmsworth Park. Thanks to many call-offs earlier in the year due to the weather, the games are coming in thick and fast for McKenna’s men but as far as he’s concerned – bring it on.
He said: “The boys are in a positive frame of mind right now. We’ve only lost one game in the last 12 matches.
“We’ve a buoyant squad of players who are enjoying their football right now and can’t wait for the next game.
“That comes in the form of Deveronvale on Saturday – although we’re not taking anything for granted.
“They are a big, strong team who are very mobile so it will be a very different game to the one we had at Strathspey.”
Academy had the bulk of the play in the first half at Strathspey with Richard Macadie going close with a couple of efforts.
They should have taken the lead when Thistle keeper Michael MacCallum spilled a Macadie shot into the path of MacNab who could only fire his attempt from the rebound wide.
Wick also had a couple of scares at the other end of the pitch. First, Scorries keeper Sean McCarthy had to be at his best to save a powerful effort from John Cameron and then Danny Mackay denied the same player when he cleared his shot off the line.
Their first came in 55 minutes when Craig Gunn’s through ball sent Halliday racing clear to coolly finish past MacCallum.
Goal number two came five minutes later when a ball into the area caused all sorts of panic in the Thistle box before falling to an unmarked MacNab who slotted home.
The third arrived in 65 minutes when Hughes latched onto a loose ball to fire in from close-range.
McKenna added: “I was very pleased with our performance. Those who score the goals tend to get the credit – and rightly so – but I’d like to mention our goalie and back four.
“Their togetherness enabled us to build from a platform created by them for us to dominate the game.
“Such was the dominance that had we walked away with eight or nine goals last night, then such a scoreline would not have been unjust.
“Unfortunately, the final third didn’t go for us as well as we hoped and I was saying to Titchie [assistant manager Richard Hughes] just before half-time, I hoped those missed chances didn’t come back to bite us later on.
“But they didn’t and the lads seemed to relax once the first went in.
“Credit though to Strathspey. Although we had most of the game, they never stopped working and didn’t let their heads go down.”
Match report written by John o Groat Journal - Fri, March 30, 2018.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||24||24||-||129||-|
|Alan Farquhar (sub)||30||2||-||274||4|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||22||13||2||63||3|
|David Allan (sub)||28||2||1||306||135|
Very well done to Ross Allan today who made his 200th competitive appearance for the club.