Jamie puts the Allan Parkers in a pickle
7th September 2013
Wick Academy.....1......Cove Rangers.....1
Report by Noel Donaldson
WICK missed the chance to hold onto their top table spot, albeit jointly with Brora, but to be honest they didn’t really look like matching the Dudgeon Park outfit in the league table, on this display against the league champions and slipped to second place.
It was only a superb, 71 first-minute rocket from all of 30 yards out, from Jamie Pickles which - as it turned out - saved the Scorries bacon, Cove equalising in the final phase.
The wet and windy weather in the morning gave way to bright sunshine in the afternoon but Wick was unable to turn up the heat on a slicker side that always looked dangerous on the break, but couldn’t capitalise on it, in the final third... until their crucial goal late-on.
Academy lacked their customary sparkle that always makes visitors to Harmsworth park apprehensive, possibly due to a hangover from that Brora cup battering but, what a difference a goal can make and when Man of the Match, Pickles did the business, some of Wick’s old magic returned. Academic, if you’ll pardon the pun...Cove got their equaliser courtesy of Barry Stephen header and that, was that, with a result that was probably” fair doos”.
Consolation?... the Scorries' marathon record of home wins supremacy, survived.
Some players, who were contrastingly on a ‘high’, was the Wick High School team who lifted the North of Scotland Schools’ Cup, beating Millburn Academy, earlier in the day. They paraded their trophy in a lap of honour at half-time.
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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