0 - 1
David Mowat (61)
Ricky Wardrop for Shane Sutherland (46)
John Colquoun for Aaron Smith (62)
Richard Finnes for Ian Innes (75)
Martin Gunn for Gary Weir (69)
Bryan McKiddie for Neil Traill (81)
Sean Stewart for David Cowie (90)
Gary Weir (57)
Craig Shearer (73)
Billy Baxter (Referee)
Peter Budge got the ideal send-off today, in his last game as Academy manager before moving to work for the SFA, with a win against local rivals Brora.
Brora started the game with a very strong wind at their backs, and made the most of the conditions almost scored from an early corner kick, but the Brora number 4 Ian Innes hit the post with his shot.
Wick struggled to get out of their half with the strong wind pushing the ball back every time that it was cleared. On the quarter hour mark Sam Mackay was next to have an attempt at goal. With keeper More well off his line Mackay tried an effort from long range, but Andrew Macleod was on the line to clear the danger.
The ferocious wind calmed down a little after about 20 minutes, and Academy managed to advance up-field when David Mowat played a neat dinked ball over the top of the Brora defence to Gary Weir, but the ball just seemed to get stuck under Weirs feet, and Aarron Christie cleared the danger.
Academy s best attempt of the first half came on the half-hour mark. Craig Shearer showed some great close-ball skills on the edge of the Brora box, turning 2 or 3 Brora defenders, but unfortunately he fired his shot just wide of target
6 minutes later a Stewart Sinclair shot was deflected for a corner. Shane Sutherland and keeper Gray got tangled up going for the crossed ball, both falling to the ground, and Innes cleared the ball in a bit of a scramble in the Brora box.
Half Time 0 - 0
Brora made a change for the re-start with Ricky Wardrop coming on for Shane Sutherland.
Wick started the second half sharply, and with only 3 minutes gone David Mowat played Shane Sutherland to the edge of the Brora box. Sutherland was forced wide by the last defender, and as a result pulled his shot into the side-netting.
In the 52nd minute Brora squandered a chance to take the lead. Good wing play up the left hand side of the field saw substitute Wardrop clean through on goal, but he pulled his shot wide, when he should have at least worked keeper More.
On the hour a good attacking move by Academy played Gary Weir in on goal, and Weir hit a good curling drive from 20 yards out that keeper Gray got down well to, and he turned it around his post for a corner.
A minute later Academy forced another corner, which was fired in by David Cowie. Keeper Gray came for it and failed to properly clear, and David Mowat headed home into the roof of the net from 7 yards out.
Academy came close to doubling their lead 6 minutes later. Richard Macadie made good ground up the wing before playing in Gary Weir who had a shot at Gray s near post, but Gray made the save.
With 20 minutes left Academy saw the welcome return from injury of Martin Gunn, who came on to replace Gary Weir.
Brora battled to the final whistle in an attempt to square the game, but the only remaining half-chance fell to Academy with 5 minutes left, when Shane Sutherland drove at the Brora defence, and holding off Sam Mackay he managed to get a left foot attempt at goal from 25 yards out, but it whistled just wide of Gray s left hand post.
Full Time 0 -1
So a bitterly cold and windy day, with the weather spoiling the game a little, but both teams battled hard. Wick defended really well, especially for the first 20 minutes when Brora made the best of the ferocious wind and really pinned Academy back into their own half.
This is a result that everyone associated with the club wanted for Peter, with it being his last game, and everyone wishes him well on his new job with the SFA.
The Forres v Lossiemouth game was cancelled today, so this win sees Academy move above Brora, and level on points with Forres. Next week is Titchie and Zeeky s first game in charge, with Keith being the visitors to the Harmsworth Park. Let s hope Academy can take confidence in having only been beaten once in their last 5 games, and they can give Titchie and Zeeky a winning start.
Match report written by John Briskham
|James More (GK)||18||11||-||17||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||5||-||5||-|
|Martin Gunn (sub)||-||15||4||299||61|
|Sean Stewart (sub)||-||1||-||1||-|
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Wick Academy F.C. All of you have shown me tremendous support and friendship during my time as manager. Thank you also to those involved in the organisation of the all weather pitch which has undoubtedly helped to develop the players technically and tactically. I would also like to express my thanks to the supporters who have been loyal and an extra thanks to those supporters who made the trip to Brora for the derby game. Hope you weren’t suffering too much on Sunday.
The players have been a credit to both themselves in the manner they have approached training and games having the desire to improve individually and collectively and their desire to improve has been evident. All the coaching staff at U19’s, GK coaches and first team coaches have worked tirelessly in their efforts. Thank you for all your hard and very valued work.
This brings me on to Titchie and Zeeky, or is it Zeeky and Titchie. I am grateful and privileged to have had them working alongside me and I am delighted to see them taking over the reigns at Wick Academy F.C.
I wish you all the very best for the future.