Wick Academy 2
Fraserburgh 1
League


Wick Academy
2 - 1
Fraserburgh 

League
Saturday, January 19th, 2019
Harmsworth Park. Att. 340
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jack Henry (19)
Marc MacGregor (76)
Scott Barbour (59)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Mark Cowie

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Jack Henry
Jack Halliday
David Allan
Gordon MacNab
Alan Hughes
Sam Mackay
Edward Flinn
Marc Dickson
Bryan Hay
Ryan Cowie
Cameron Buchan
Lewis Davidson
Jamie Beagrie
Paul Young
Paul Campbell
Aidan Combe
Scott Barbour

Bench
Danny Mackay
Craig Gunn
Marc MacGregor
Richard Macadie
Grant Aitkenhead
Grant MacNab
Gordon Clark
Kieran Simpson
Sean Butcher
Ryan Sargent
Michael Rae
Nathan Stuart
Greg Buchan
Paul Leask

Substitutions
Richard Macadie for Sam Mackay (63)
Marc MacGregor for Alan Hughes (63)
Grant MacNab for Gordon MacNab (80)
Greg Buchan for Lewis Davidson (61)
Ryan Sargent for Aidan Combe (77)
Sean Butcher for Paul Cambell (81)

Cautions
Jack Halliday (53)
Andrew Hardwick (66)
Michael Steven (86)
Marc Dickson (65)
Ryan Cowie (87)
Paul Young (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Gordon Seago (Referee)
Barry Stuart & Alexander McDonald (Assistants)




Match Report


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.



Squad Statistics (as at January 19th, 2019)


2018/2019 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 23 - 159 -
Andrew Hardwick26 145536
Michael Steven28 19325316
Gordon MacNab24 2764512
Jack Henry27 244404
Alan Farquhar30 23 - 3054
Sam Mackay29 16 - 314136
Gary Manson35 28662346
Jack Halliday24 2366910
Alan Hughes23 19 - 904
David Allan29 268338143
Richard Macadie (sub)31 257515194
Grant MacNab (sub)27 9 - 231
Marc MacGregor (sub)24 231011434






League Table (as at January 19th, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 21 20 0 1 +55 60
2. Brora Rangers 22 19 0 3 +59 57
3. Fraserburgh 24 18 1 5 +60 55
4. Formartine Utd 22 17 2 3 +46 53
5. Inverurie Locos 25 15 4 6 +35 49
6. Forres Mech 23 14 2 7 +28 44
7. WICK 23 10 4 9 +12 34
8. Buckie Thistle 22 10 3 9 +15 33
9. Huntly 22 10 2 10 +2 32
10. Deveronvale 24 10 1 13 -10 31
11. Rothes 22 9 3 10 +18 27
12. Keith 23 7 5 11 -10 26
13. Strathspey 22 7 3 12 -15 24
14. Turriff United 24 6 4 14 -17 22
15. Nairn County 21 6 2 13 -12 20
16. Clachnacuddin 21 4 3 14 -25 15
17. Lossiemouth 24 1 1 22 -92 4
18. Fort William 23 0 2 21 -149 -7