Academy stage comeback to secure a well-earned draw
3rd April 2016
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 got off to the worst possible start, however in front of a near-thousand crowd, Dale Gillespie netting for Brora in the early stages. Academy withstood a lot of pressure and some nervous goalkeeping and poor passing, gave their fans a few more anxious moments.
Gillespie made it 2-0 before the break and it looked as if it was all over, especially when Academys Davie Allan was red carded in the opening minutes of the second forty five.
They say that the true hallmark of a side is the ability to dig deep when the odds are stacked against them and that's exactly what the 10-men Scorries did. Richard Macadie, who has been finding his old form in recent games, headed home, a Marc Macgregor cross to lift the flagging spirits of their fans. What a difference a goal makes to a losing team!
Macgregor turned from provider to goal scorer with a defence-splitting solo run, in the closing stages to find the bottom corner and send the Academy faithful into raptures. You could have cut the electric Harmsworth Park atmosphere with a knife as they willed their team to deliver the knock-out punch.
Academys Supporters Player of the Year is Davie Allan - Players Player - Sam Mackay.
Wick, now 6th in the league table, are away to Rothes on Saturday.,
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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