Huntly never really in the hunt at Harmsworth Park
31st August 2015
Wick Academy 3 Huntly 0
Reporter Noel Donaldson
ACADEMY'S fluctuating fortunes took another turn, this time for the better, with a scintillating display that delighted their fans, desperate to see their team settle into a new season swing after an uncertain start.
While the Scorries have yet to find the elusive match play quality of consistency, the performance highlighted what the team is capable of, though it would be tempting fate to suggest that their title challenge is well and truly back on track.
Academy ran the show, particularly in the second period with a deadly combination of efficiency and flair, repeatedly scything through the hapless Huntly defence with apparent ease. Only some fine, and at times brilliant double stops, by keeper Fraser Hobday, kept their defeat down to respectable proportions.
The Huntly keeper was focused to repel Academy during early pressure but he was unable to prevent a Gary Weir goal in the 15th minute. Hobday again denied the Scorrie strikers but was powerless to stop Steven Anderson lob a superbly-placed ball over the keeper's head to give the home side a comfortable two-goal cushion at the break.
The second period was pure purgatory for overwhelmed Huntly, who had no answer to Academy's incisive, flowing football which took only a minute to produce a third goal, Richard Macadie extinguishing any shred hope of a Christie Park comeback - perhaps,offsetting the subsequent sitter he missed!
Huntly's best effort was a distance, second-half strike which rebounded off the post.
Wick Academy 0 Turriff United 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson. IT was one of those days....no matter how hard you try, you don't get the breaks.
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 1 Nairn County 5 Reporter Noel Donaldson. WICK Academy's rich vein of success ran out on Saturday but few fans would have anticipated the result being a rout.
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.
Wick Academy l Inverurie Locos 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson THIS certainly fell far short of Academy's best performance and Locos, on the other hand, will have rightfully felt cheated at not taking all three points, given the efforts they put in. Failure to capitalise on their equaliser during repeated onslaughts on the Scorries defence and some sharp keeping by Sean McCarthy denied the visitors the spoils.
Wick Academy 2 Turriff United 0 Reporter Noel Donaldson A FIRST-HALF brace gave Academy the perfect start to their title challenge. Stephen Anderson stunned the visitors in opening minutes with a well-placed header but despite pressing for their second, it didn't come until the dying seconds of the first period.
Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson THE Scorries reversed a two-goal deficit, to grab a share of the spoils in a gutsy second half comeback. Apart from displaying a never-say-die commitment, the draw demonstrated that Academy are closing the gap on their derby rivals, no small achievement when you consider Dudgeon Parks quality and expensive outfit.
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