Wick 2 - Fraserburgh 1
|19th January 2019 - Breedon Highland Football League||Harmsworth Park, Wick|
|Wick Academy F.C.||
2 (Jack Henry 20, Marc Macgregor 76)
Team: Sean McCarthy, Michael Steven, Andrew Hardwick, Gary Manson, Alan Farquhar (c), Jack Henry, Jack Halliday, David Allan, Gordon MacNab (Grant MacNab 80), Alan Hughes (Richard Macadie 63), Sam Mackay (Marc Macgregor 63).
Subs: Danny Mackay, Craig Gunn, Marc Macgregor, Richard Macadie, Grant Aitkenhead, Grant MacNab, Gordon Clark.
| Fraserburgh F.C.
||1 (Scott Barbour 58)|
Team: Edward Flinn, Marc Dickson, Bryan Hay (c), Ryan Cowie, Cameron Buchan, Lewis Davidson (Greg Buchan 61), Jamie Beagrie, Paul Young, Paul Campbell, Aidan Combe (Ryan Sargent 77), Scott Barbour.
Subs: Kieran Simpson, Sean Butcher, Ryan Sargent, Michael Rae, Nathan Stuart, Greg Buchan, Paul Leask.
|Bookings:|| Jack Halliday (53)
Andrew Hardwick (65)
Marc Dickson (68)
Michael Steven (86)
Ryan Cowie (86)
Paul Young (90)
|Sponsors Man of the Match:||Jack Henry|
While goalscorers Jack Henry and Marc Macgregor will rightly receive the plaudits for sealing a valuable victory for Wick, spare a thought for the unsung heroes.
Alan Farquhar goes about his business quietly but also effectively. While defenders rarely steal the headlines, without them the team would be sunk.
The Academy skipper was in majestic form in the win against Fraserburgh. He marshalled the defensive line superbly and rarely gave an inch himself as a number of Broch attacks floundered.
Put it this way, there’s a reason why Academy keeper Sean McCarthy didn’t have much to do against one of the top sides in the Highland League.
Ably assisted by Michael Steven, Andy Hardwick and Gary Manson, Farquhar ensured that Wick’s midfielders could set about Broch with confidence knowing full well the defence would have their backs.
The two Jacks, Halliday and Henry, began to pull the strings and Fraserburgh looked unsure how to deal with their hosts.
Wick’s league position doesn’t lie – they are annoyingly inconsistent – but on their day, you are left wondering as to why they’re not up along-side Broch putting in a title challenge.
Academy had laid down the barriers at the back and were playing cat and mouse with Broch’s offside trap – which did seem to be deployed unusually high up the pitch.
When playing such a risky manoeuvre, you have to get it right for the whole 90 minutes as any error will prove costly – as Broch found out after 20 minutes.
The visitors, expecting the flag to be raised when Halliday threaded a low pass through them, looked on with shock as Henry timed his run to perfection to bear down on goal and coolly slot the ball low past Broch keeper Edward Flinn.
Halliday nearly engineered another 10 minutes later when a lovely cross from him narrowly evaded the outstretched boot of Gordon MacNab.
Broch came out a different side in the second half and a number of timely interceptions from Farquhar and co were needed to keep them at bay.
The Wick back four couldn’t stop everything, though, as a rapid, flowing move saw Fraserburgh stretch the Wick lines and Scott Barbour applied a neat finish to Paul Campbell’s cross.
However, another twist in the plot came with 14 minutes left when MacNab was brought down in the box. Referee Gordon Seago, spotting that a goalscoring chance was in the offing, waved on the advantage which Macgregor cashed in on as he turned the ball home for the winner.
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Jan 23, 2019.
Today’s Man of The Match selected by Match Sponsor JGC Engineering Ltd is Jack Henry. Jack is pictured with John Campbell