Honours even as weather fails to rain supreme
5th February 2017
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... with a little help from an opponent.
Steven Anderson homed in on the visitor's goal in a fine solo run down the left in the opening minutes. His strike looked as if it caught a deflection on the way but it ended up in the net and the scorer deserved the credit.
The initiative frequently changed hands during the 90 minutes and there were no surprises when the Can-Cans got back on track, the leveller courtesy of Stuart Soane in the 26th minute. The ding-dong battle continued with Richard Macadie capitalising on a rebound off the Forres post to slide the ball home in the goalmouth, to put Wick ahead again.
Gordon Connelly's old club were not to be denied, however, and eight minutes from time, grabbed a well-earned share of the points, the persistent Garry Tweedie finding the net.
As in all football matches, the game wasn't free from controversy with some Academy supporters frequently issuing advice to the ref in no uncertain terms, that in effect, a visit to Specsavers might do wonders for his powers of observation.
Verdict: It was an encounter that either side would have deserved to win, with chances going a-begging at both ends. A share of the points was probably a fair outcome although Forres being currently on a roll, will have been disappointed not to have headed over the Ord with all three points.
Academy play host to Turriff 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 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.
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