Tribute to Academy stalwart following shock passing.
THE game was tinged with sadness, a minute's silence being observed for the sudden passing of David Sinclair. The Academy stalwart, from Staxigoe, who had attended the midweek clash with Nairn County and was well pleased with the 1-0 outcome, took ill on Friday and was admitted to Caithness General Hospital. The 64-year-old appeared to be recovering and was sitting up reading a paper but, sadly, took another turn. The game went ahead as David would have wished and he doubtless would have relished the action and the final score.
Academy's Ken Wood led the club's tribute over the loud speaker system, paying tribute the father-of-two's loyalty and commitment to the club over the years. David's funeral is scheduled to take place on Tuesday and will be preceded by a service at St Fergus Church.
Despite Thistle being below strength, and early domination by Academy, wearing black armbands, it took the home team until the 25th minute before they opened their account, Sam Mackay lobbing the keeper.
Thistle's Mark Mackenzie helped Wick on their way prodding the ball into net in a bid to neutralise a Davie Allan cross.
A rebound was pounced on by Richard Macadie who made no mistake shortly before the break and Mackay grabbed his brace, with a brilliant long-range effort in the 68th minute.
Wick will be out to keep their perfect home record intact when they entertain Deveronvale, on Saturday and are currently in third place in the league table.
Wick Academy 2 Formartine United 2 ACADEMY shook off their recent poor form to grab a well-earned share of the points on home turf against one of the Highland League's strongest sides, in the final of the season at Harmsworth Park, on Saturday. Quick- moving United monopolised the early play and were rewarded with a lucky Scott Ferries strike in the 10th minute which crept over the line after a deflection.
Wick Academy 2 Forres Mechanics 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson THIS was a day more suited to those with webbed feet rather than footballers but both sides defied the elements and gave their fans their money's-worth. The Scorries, building on their return to form, but without key personnel, Alan Farquhar and Davie Allan, drew first blood early in the uncompromising wind and rain...
Wick Academy 3 Clach 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson BOTH sides were clearly up for it in the first half but neither team was able to beat their respective defences and keepers who were very much on their game. While it made for an entertaining first half, supporters could have been forgiven for starting to fear things might play out for a goal-less draw..
Reporter Noel Donaldson Wick Academy 3 Keith 1 A SECOND, consecutive match hat-trick from Sam Mackay secured all three points for the Scorries and was a further step forward in recovering their home form. Keith were no pushovers, however, and stuck to their task right to the final whistle.
Wick Academy 0 Fraserburgh 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson ACADEMY supporters' hopes were doubtless high that the miracle mid-week comeback by their team against Forres Mechanics, would be the catalyst to getting to grips with their home results jinx. In the event, the encounter with a well-marshalled Broch outfit was something of an anti-climax, Academy unable to replicate anything close to that scintillating 5-3 performance - underlining their inherent lack of consistency and failing to secure a draw even, in a game that was no classic.
Reporter Noel Donaldson Wick Academy 2 Deveronvale 2 A LATE goal, ruled offside, prevented Academy taking all three points and hopefully sparking some home wins. Given the effort put in by the two sides, though, a draw was probably a fair result.