Wick Academy 1
Cove Rangers 1

Wick Academy
1 - 1
Cove Rangers 

Saturday, September 8th, 2007
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Weir (46)
Robert Henderson (31)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
James More
Shaun Sinclair
Alan Sinclair
Andrew MacLeod
Bryan McKiddie
Martin Gunn
Craig Shearer
Stewart Ross
Richard Macadie
Gary Farquhar
Gary Weir
Lee Windrum
Neil Cruickshank
Ritchie Livingstone
Jake Strachan
Dean Lawrie
Eric Watson
Barrie Stephen
Paul Coutts
Jamie Watt
Robert Henderson
Philip Reid

Craig Thomson
Stuart Sinclair
Neil Traill
Sean Henstridge
Ryan Whelan
Craig Cooper
Alain Eden
Nicky Ferguson

None. Craig Cooper for Neil Cruickshank (69)
Alain Edene for Barrie Stephen (87)

Stewart Ross (9)
Paul Coutts (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Fraser (Referee)

Match Report

A great second half by Academy saw them fight back from a goal down to earn a much deserved draw. Indeed they were unlucky not to have won the game after having what looked like a perfectly good goal chalked off.

Academy's first attack on goal came in the 5th minute. Gunn and McKiddie linked up well through the middle of the park releasing Macadie in a straight race for the ball with keeper Windrum, with Windrum just getting there first.

A few minutes later and Alan Sinclair delivered a superb cross-field pass that Macadie was inches away from collecting or he would have been in on goal.

Cove's first real chance of the half came in the 27th minute. Dean Lawrie fires a cross deep into the Academy box and Barrie Stephen ghosted into the back post unmarked and got his shot on target that More saved well.

Cove took the lead on the half-hour following a defensive mix-up between More and Stewart Ross. Both came for a ball that was punted into the Academy box, and neither dealt with it allowing Robert Henderson the simplest of finishes into an empty net.

0 - 1

With 4 minutes of the half remaining Academy looked to have squared the scores. Shearer provided a cross into the box that Macadie headed home, but referee Fraser chalked it off for an infringement that he must have spotted.

Cove almost doubled their lead with the last kick of the half. Phillip Reid did well to break through the Academy defence and got a shot on target from a tight angle that More saved low down at his left post.

Half Time 0 - 1

Academy had the perfect start to the second half. Andrew Macleod charged through the middle of the Cove mid-field releasing the ball to Gary Farquhar who played Gary Weir into the box and he managed to beat Jake Strachan and put just enough curl on his shot to avoid keeper Windrum and the ball sneaked in off his left post to the delight of the Academy players.

1 - 1

Academy followed this by two further attempts in quick succession, Weir playing in Farquhar who shot wide from 10 yards out, and Alan Sinclair then setting up Weir in a similar move, but Weir's shot went high over the cross-bar.

With Academy pressing men up the field in search of the winner, Cove broke in the 54th minute and Phillip Reid was played in on goal but with a clear path in which to have a shot he squared the ball and Alan Sinclair cleared the danger.

Academy were now attacking with every opportunity and looked the more likely side to go on and win the game. Martin Gunn almost did that following a neat interchange with Macadie played him into the Cove box but keeper Windrum came and met him and pulled out a good stop.

Windrum then denied Farquhar as he pulled off another fine save from a free-kick as he managed to get a hand to the shot to turn it for a corner.

With 5 minutes left the referees assistant spotted keeper Windrum come just outside his box with ball in hand, and the Cove defence did well to charge down Gunn's free-kick attempt to snuff out another Academy attack.

A minute later and Macadie forced another good stop from Windrum as he dived to make the save, and Weir almost pounced on the loose ball but Windrum recovered to smother the ball.

Full time 1 - 1

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at September 8th, 2007)

2007/2008 All Time
James More (GK)19 9 - 40 -
Alan Sinclair - 9 - 17011
Shaun Sinclair - 6 - 56 -
Andrew MacLeod - 7 - 1855
Martin Gunn - 2 - 31365
Bryan McKiddie - 9 - 22 -
Gary Farquhar - 839223
Richard Macadie20 71707
Stewart Ross - 918710
Craig Shearer - 8126728
Gary Weir10 6611124

League Table (as at September 8th, 2007)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Inverurie Locos 4 4 0 0 +7 12
2. Buckie Thistle 4 3 0 1 +7 9
3. Nairn County 4 3 0 1 +2 9
4. Keith 3 2 1 0 +4 7
5. Deveronvale 3 2 0 1 +6 6
6. Forres Mech 4 1 2 1 +1 5
7. WICK 5 1 2 2 0 5
8. Brora Rangers 5 1 2 2 -2 5
9. Cove Rangers 3 1 1 1 +6 4
10. Huntly 3 1 1 1 -2 4
11. Clachnacuddin 4 1 1 2 -3 4
12. Fraserburgh 2 1 0 1 -2 3
13. Rothes 3 0 1 2 -2 1
14. Lossiemouth 4 0 1 3 -9 1
15. Fort William 3 0 0 3 -13 0