Wick Academy 1
Rothes 3

Wick Academy
1 - 3

Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Macadie (11)
Jamie Wilson (32)
Steven Anderson (67)
Scott Davidson (70)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Steven MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Grant Steven
Alan Farquhar
Gary Manson
Jack Henry
Gordon MacNab
Richard Macadie
Alan Hughes
Craig Gunn
David Allan
Cameron Mackay
Ashley Ballam
Ewan Neil
Martin MacDonald
Bruce Milne
Alasdair Stark
Kris Duncan
Jack Maley
Jamie Wilson
Scott Davidson
Steven Anderson

Danny Mackay
Jack Halliday
Marc MacGregor
Grant Aitkenhead
Greg Mackay
Andrew Hardwick
Gordon Clark
Lewis Campbell
Steve MacDonald
Nathan Sharp
Robert Duncanson

Jack Halliday for Gordon MacNab (62)
Marc MacGregor for Craig Gunn (62)
Lewis Campbell for Scott Davidson (87)

Gordon MacNab (35)
Jack Henry (40)
David Allan (52)
Grant Steven (74)
Jamie Wilson (16)
Martin MacDonald (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)
David Alexander & Barry Stuart (Assistants)

Match Report

Academy started well with both Richard Macadie and Gordon MacNab having chances within the first five minutes.
Wick opened the scoring in the 11th minute after Craig Gunn ended his drive down the right with a cut back to Richard Macadie who slotted the ball past Rothes keeper Cameron Mackay.
Rothes found their equaliser on the half hour - when, after a goalmouth scramble, Jaime Wilson turned the ball past Sean McCarthy.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Gordon MacNab had a chance to give Academy the lead - but a superb point blank save from the Wick man's header kept the scores level.
Two goals in 4 minutes put the game beyond the home side - both goals beating the Wick offside trap - First on 67 minutes, Jaime Wilson's cross into the box cut out Wick keeper Sean McCarthy and Steven Anderson duly slotted the ball into an empty net. Four minutes later a similar senario but this time Anderson turned provider beating the oncoming McCarthy and supplying the cross to Scott Davidson who headed in to the once again empty net.

Match report written by Mel Roger

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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 12th September 2018.

Squad Statistics (as at September 8th, 2018)

2018/2019 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 11 - 147 -
Grant Steven26 8 - 2188
Michael Steven28 7124214
Gary Manson34 11460744
Richard Macadie31 116501193
Alan Hughes23 10 - 814
Gordon MacNab24 112298
Jack Henry26 111271
Alan Farquhar30 11 - 2934
Craig Gunn31 1026031
David Allan29 105323140
Marc MacGregor (sub)23 639727
Jack Halliday (sub)24 101575

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at September 8th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 8 8 0 0 +28 24
2. Fraserburgh 9 7 0 2 +23 21
3. Forres Mech 9 7 0 2 +21 21
4. Brora Rangers 9 7 0 2 +12 21
5. Inverurie Locos 9 6 1 2 +20 19
6. Formartine Utd 8 5 1 2 +15 16
7. Buckie Thistle 9 5 0 4 +19 15
8. Turriff United 9 4 2 3 +8 14
9. WICK 9 4 1 4 +3 13
10. Keith 9 4 1 4 -2 13
11. Huntly 9 4 0 5 +2 12
12. Deveronvale 9 4 0 5 -2 12
13. Rothes 9 4 1 4 +6 10
14. Nairn County 9 3 1 5 -9 10
15. Clachnacuddin 7 1 1 5 -12 4
16. Strathspey 9 0 2 7 -22 2
17. Lossiemouth 9 0 0 9 -44 0
18. Fort William 9 0 1 8 -66 -8

Manager's Programme Notes

Tom McKenna interviewed by Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier

Wick boss Tom McKenna is at a loss as to why his team can’t turn on the style at home.
The 8-0 thrashing of Lossiemouth last month promised much but home fixtures against Deveronvale, Clachnacuddin and now Rothes have seen the Scorries take only one point from those three games.
Were it not for their away form, they would be much closer to the bottom of the Highland League instead of mid-table and McKenna knows something must be done to banish their home blues.#
Richard Macadie put the Scorries ahead in Saturday’s clash with Rothes at Harmsworth Park, but the Speysiders hit back through Jaime Wilson, ex-Academy forward Steven Anderson and Scott Davidson to complete a 3-1 win.
“I don’t know what’s wrong,” McKenna said. “Whether it’s playing at home or a mentality thing, who knows? When we’re playing away we play really, really well.
“I think with this game, we lost it more than Rothes winning it. We made mistakes and they capitalised on those.
“With the match in general, both teams just cancelled each other out. We started off brightly, took the lead but then sat back on that.
“Rothes got themselves back into it with three goals that could have been prevented. “Away from home we’re a lot more disciplined.
“We try and frustrate teams and we are effective on the counter-attack.
“Maybe when we’re away, the lads turn up with the mentality that they know there’s a challenge there because games against the likes of Formartine and Fraserburgh away demand something of them.
“I’ve told the lads that with home games, you’ve got to demand something from yourselves.
“It’s a hard one to take. The lads have to realise they are a good team. They are a good bunch of lads who are very honest and work hard in training.”

Rothes boss Steven MacDonald was delighted his men ended their recent poor run of form.
He said: “We needed a result like that. I’m delighted for the boys because they’re smiling for the first time in quite a while.
“They’ve not been used to winning this season but now we have to get into the habit of winning games and build on this result.
“It’s funny how confident we looked on the ball because we’ve not looked very confident in previous weeks. I said to them on the bus up that we need to kick-start our season and that today was as good a day as any to do so.
“They all dug in because, as you noticed, our bench was a bit short with players absent due to illness, holidays and weddings. Last week we had eight who could have been substitutes.
“Maybe the adversity of being low in numbers made our boys more determined to get something from this game.”

Saturday’s result leaves both sides on 13 points after nine games.