Wick Academy 2
Buckie Thistle 0
League


Wick Academy
2 - 0
Buckie Thistle 

League
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Harmsworth Park. Att. 280
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Marc MacGregor (41)
Marc MacGregor (62)
None.

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Graeme Stewart

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Jack Henry
Marc MacGregor
Richard Macadie
David Allan
Ross Allan
Sam Mackay
Lee Herbert
Andrew Skinner
Sam Morrison
Hamish Munro
Shaun Wood
Jay Cheyne
Kevin Fraser
Callum Murray
Sam Robertson
Steven Ross
Joe McCabe

Bench
Craig Gunn
Grant Aitkenhead
Cameron Montgomery
Mark Macadie
Alan Hughes
Gordon Clark
Scott Adams
Declan Milne
Shaun Carroll
Sam Urquhart
Lewis MacKinnon
Darren Strong

Substitutions
None. Scott Adams for Shaun Wood (52)
Shaun Carroll for Jay Cheyne (52)
Sam Urquhart for Sam Robertson (64)

Cautions
Jack Henry (73)
Jay Cheyne (23)
Andrew Skinner (33)
Scott Adams (80)
Kevin Fraser (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)
Eddie Nichol & Gary McCarthy (Assistants)




Match Report


A strong wind and a bobbly pitch ensured it was never going to be a classic, but Saturday’s victory over Buckie Thistle was nevertheless a highly satisfactory day’s work for Wick Academy as they extended their unbeaten sequence in the Highland League to eight games.
Three days after seeing off Nairn County by the same scoreline, the Scorries kept up their impressive run and boosted their chances of finishing seventh in the table thanks to a well-taken double from in-form striker Marc Macgregor.
With 20 minutes gone, Jack Henry nodded the ball on to Macgregor but the striker’s tame effort was easily gathered by Buckie’s young keeper Lee Herbert – fresh from playing for Scotland under-18s against England in a Centenary Shield match at Inverurie the previous night.
Then a sweeping move ended with Macgregor pulling his shot wide of goal with a Buckie defender getting the last touch.
At the other end, Sam Robertson raced through and drilled a deflected shot just beyond the far post.
Gary Manson delivered a ball over the top to Henry, whose angled drive produced a diving save from Herbert.
The first period looked destined to end in a stalemate, but Macgregor had other ideas.
In the 42nd minute, with the Scorries probing for an opening around the edge of the box, Macgregor neatly evaded the challenge of Shaun Wood before unleashing a powerful drive high past the keeper.
There was still time before the break for the visitors to threaten again. Wood picked out Steven Ross sneaking in at the back post but Sean McCarthy was alert to the danger.
Academy doubled their lead on 62 minutes with a strike that was all about opportunism and improvisation.
Sam Mackay knocked the ball forward and it fell nicely into Macgregor’s path outside the penalty area on the right. The striker was off balance and falling back, with a defender in close attendance, yet he managed to send a wind-assisted lob over Herbert and into the net.
There was a more purposeful look about Academy now and Mackay set up an opening for Richard Macadie, who saw his first attempt blocked before firing a follow-up shot just wide.
When a Buckie free kick came to nothing, Academy raced up-field on the counter-attack and Henry played Macadie through for a drive that was parried by Herbert.
McCarthy ventured out of his box as Buckie pressed forward again and the Wick keeper earned a cheer for a skilful flick of the boot to snuff out the danger.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, March 27, 2019.



Squad Statistics (as at March 23rd, 2019)


2018/2019 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 27 - 163 -
Andrew Hardwick26 205596
Michael Steven29 24325816
Gary Manson35 34662946
Marc MacGregor24 271311837
Richard Macadie31 317521194
Alan Farquhar31 29 - 3114
Sam Mackay30 223320139
Jack Henry27 294454
Ross Allan25 8121511
David Allan29 318343143






League Table (as at March 23rd, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 29 25 3 1 +74 78
2. Brora Rangers 30 24 3 3 +82 75
3. Fraserburgh 31 24 1 6 +82 73
4. Formartine Utd 29 19 5 5 +51 62
5. Inverurie Locos 32 18 6 8 +45 60
6. Forres Mech 31 19 3 9 +31 60
7. WICK 28 14 5 9 +18 47
8. Buckie Thistle 29 13 4 12 +16 43
9. Huntly 29 11 5 13 -12 38
10. Deveronvale 31 11 2 18 -11 35
11. Rothes 29 10 7 12 +13 34
12. Keith 29 9 6 14 -6 33
13. Nairn County 29 10 2 17 -9 32
14. Turriff United 31 9 4 18 -15 31
15. Strathspey 29 9 3 17 -28 30
16. Clachnacuddin 27 5 5 17 -32 20
17. Lossiemouth 31 2 2 27 -106 8
18. Fort William 28 0 2 26 -193 -7