Rothes spring a surprise on lack-lustre Academy
3rd April 2017
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Reporter Noel Donaldson.
James Pickles saved Academy's blushes after a game that they will want to forget.
The Orcadian was on hand, to poke the ball past a defender on the goal line. But the embarrassment over his team's lamentable display in general, was tangible in the south stand.
It was as bad as it was good for the visitors who must have viewed their visit north, with some trepidation given the difference in the team's lowly position in the league table.
The fast-breaking Rothes outfit quickly became aware that their opponents were not as good as their reputation and that they could get something out of the 90 minutes and as things progressed, their reading of the situation was confirmed.
Academy who sometimes blow hot and cold, slipped back into their bad ways, long balls up the park, and not a lot to show for it. Both teams got nothing from early pressure and corners and, not surprisingly, it was Rothes who netted first.
Gordon MacNab curled the free kick ball over the wall into the inside right netting leaving the keeper powerless, in the 24th minute.
Rothes took control, but if Academy had a game plan, I for one was unable to figure it out. Slow build-ups and hesitation in the final third about where to go next, didn't give the opposition's defence too much to worry about. The buzz word in the south stand was creativity - the lack of it.
Academy had a good chance before the interval but the header was secured by Rothes keeper, Andrew Ross, who seemed to have springs under his boots.
Both teams had chances in the second half and James Pickles eased supporters' tension when he got a toe to a pass from the left and steered it net-ward past the defender, at a stretch.
Alan Farquhar made a welcome return to the defence but still missing was speed merchant, Davie Allan. Would he have made a difference, I would like to think so, but who knows.
Maybe, we'll just have to put Saturday down to end-of-season blues and hope the team can shake them off, if not against Turriff, on Saturday, then, surely by the time the new season comes round.
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 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.
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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