Many a Mac maks a muckle - Wick Academy 1 Nairn County 5
22nd January 2017
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.
County were worthy winners netting five times to Academy one, the club's worse defeat since 2014. Nairn's lowly position in the league table - thirteenth- make such the defeat even harder to bear.
Wick seemed to have no answer to the incisive attacks of their opponents whose Mac. clan members were on song and it was only Stephen Anderson's second-half goal which avoided a whitewash.
The Scorries, who looked far from the consistently dangerous side that took six league scalps on the trot, were rocked by Nairn's opener in 10 minutes, Jack MacLean delivering the first of his match double.
Academy toiled on and with a bit more focus in the box the result might not have been quite so embarrassing.
If supporters thought that their team was still in with a chance,given a half-time score of 0-1 then hopes were cruelly dashed in the second period. A rapid one-two by Kenny McKenzie and Jordon Macrae in the opening minutes had Wick on the ropes and three more and they were 'out', as cold as the plummeting temperature at Harmsworth Park.
Stephen Anderson's goal did provide a flicker of incentive from his team but it didn't produce the desperately-needed goals. Jack Maclean netted his second and Wayne Macintosh made it five in injury time.
Verdict - Taking the phillisophical view... Academy were bound to be beaten at some stage and Saturday is best put down to a bad day at the office. Next week's work is Deveronvale, away.
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 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.
Wick Academy 0 Formartine United 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson WICK will doubtless feel a draw would have been a fairer result given the work they put in to the 90 minutes. United on the other hand needed all three points to stay in contention with the title challengers and will have been relieved to have shaded it.
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