Wick Academy 1 Fort William 0
3rd March 2013
Report by Noel Donaldson
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IN Academy’s race to the league title finishing post, as much, it would appear, depends on the outcome of the chasing packs’ results as the team’s consistency.
And the latter seemed to have gone out of the window on Saturday, in what should have been a dawdle for the Scorries had they been on their usual form. Had it not been for Gary Weir’s 24th minute lifesaver, there might have been a few red faces in the Academy camp and quite a few even more discontented fans.
The joy of the pre-match announcement that manager Barry Wilson had extended his current end-of-season contract by two years, lost some of its gloss, as the Fort swung into action almost from the word go and nearly scored.
And if it had, it might have spurred the Fort on to a draw..or, all the unthinkable, all three points! Continuing the speculation, had Wick been up against more formidable opponents, I shudder to think what they outcome might have been?
Well, let’s stick to the facts, because Ft William didn’t win or grab a share of the points, despite demonstrating that they know how to keep possession and can create chances, and Wick slogged out their win to remain top with a five-point lead.
But one indisputable fact remains, the performance fell surprisingly short of what club and fans expected, particularly coming hard on the heels of the Scorries' present form and Wednesday’s scintillating performance, and, although, not a crucial factor in the big scheme of things, left sports reporters struggling to find highlights. Does it matter, how Wick win their games so long as they do?
Of course it does, because if Academy allow their standard to drop at this stage and fail to sharpen up their finishing and outlaw slopping passing, remaining games are likely to have regrettable consequences. Hopefully, Wednesday’s cup clash with Brora will concentrate minds and prove an incentive injection –if any was necessary in a derby encounter - that will put the Academy title train back on track after its wobble.
I was disappointed to see Lukasz Geruzel was subbed. The big man consistently makes life dificult for the opposition and he must feel aggrieved that his chip over the keeper spun towards the far corner, only to be cleared off the line.
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 1 Rothes 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson. James Pickles saved Academy's blushes after a game that they will want to forget.
Wick Academy 2. Cove Rangers 3.
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.
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