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Nairn County 

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Wick Academy


League
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Martin Macdonald (71) Stevie Cunningham (16)
Richard Macadie (88)

Team Managers
Les Fridge Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
Calum Donaldson
Glenn Main
Brian McLeod
Gregg Main
Marc MacDonald
Steven Skinner
David Hind
Shaun Kerr
Martin MacDonald
Lewis MacKinnon
Willie Barron
James More
Andrew MacLeod
Shaun Sinclair
Alex Lamb
Richard Macadie
Stewart Ross
Bryan McKiddie
Stevie Cunningham
Gary Weir
David Allan
David Cowie

Bench
Billy Horne
Graham Stewart
Wayne Mackintosh
Andrea Coletto
John Campbell
Daniel Budge
Nigel MacKenzie
Paul Wares
Martin Gunn
Ciaran Duffy

Substitutions
Wayne Mackintosh for Marc MacDonald (18) Martin Gunn for David Allan (71)
Nigel MacKenzie for David Cowie (71)

Cautions
Wayne Mackintosh (35)
Shaun Kerr (74)
Shaun Sinclair (26)
Alex Lamb (74)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alistair Mather (Referee)





Match Report


A bright but blustery day at Station Park, and the game has just kicked off. Craig Shearer is unavailable and David Allan gets the nod ahead of Nigel MacKenzie. Gunn and MacKenzie are on the bench and may have a big part to play if required. Today's game will go a long way in deciding which team will finish "top of the North", so let's hope the lads can bring all 3 points back up the road in what I'm sure will be a very tough game. Ladbrokes have both sides as 118 for a win, so on form this one could be very close.

Academy opened the scoring with 16 minutes played. Weir laid the ball off to Stevie Cunningham and from 18 yards out he side-footed the ball inside Calum Donaldson's right hand post.

0 - 1

In 23 minutes Gregg Main had a 30 yard free kick which was on target but More made a good diving save to push the ball round the post for a corner.

No more scoring in the first half.

Half Time - 0 - 1

With 15 minutes of the second half played it's been all Nairn. They have had a half-dozen good attempts on target, but More has had a good game thus far, coping with everything that has been thrown at him. Academy have however been exposed in this half down their left flank.

Nairn square the scores with 71 minutes played. A free kick is floated out to the left and then swung in to the box. More managed to parry-out Nairn's first attempt, but the ball fell to Martin MacDonald and he hammered home from 6 yards out.

1 - 1

Academy make a double substitution with Martin Gunn and Nigel MacKenzie coming on for David Allan and David Cowie.

It's been all Nairn this half but Academy take the lead against the run of play. The ball is played wide and Macadie picks the ball up on the edge of the Nairn box. He took one touch before turning on a six-pence and fired home. That's his 10th league goal of this campaign, level pegging Weir for his league goal tally.

1 - 2

Full Time 1 - 2

The result sees us break the 40 point barrier for the first ever time, and lt leaves us sitting in 6th place. This is also our 8th straight league win. Next weekends game at home to Lossiemouth looks as if it could be another cracker, so come along and support the boys if you can manage.

Match report written by Alastair Ross



Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 2009)


2008/2009 All Time
Age
James More (GK)20 17 - 77 -
Shaun Sinclair - 24 - 102 -
Andrew MacLeod - 28 - 2365
Alex Lamb - 17 - 1281
Stevie Cunningham - 285285
Bryan McKiddie - 313763
Stewart Ross - 25112915
Richard Macadie22 321212828
David Cowie - 33318010
David Allan19 143143
Gary Weir11 321816152
Nigel MacKenzie (sub) - 26423137
Martin Gunn (sub) - 17135470






League Table (as at April 11th, 2009)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 24 18 4 2 +62 58
2. Deveronvale 23 15 6 2 +40 51
3. Inverurie Locos 21 13 3 5 +22 42
4. Buckie Thistle 23 13 3 7 +20 42
5. Huntly 25 13 3 9 +10 42
6. WICK 24 13 3 8 +5 42
7. Fraserburgh 25 11 8 6 +14 41
8. Keith 23 13 2 8 +13 41
9. Nairn County 25 11 4 10 -1 37
10. Forres Mech 23 10 5 8 +17 35
11. Clachnacuddin 22 6 7 9 +2 25
12. Lossiemouth 24 6 4 14 -20 22
13. Rothes 23 1 4 18 -46 7
14. Brora Rangers 22 1 3 18 -57 6
15. Fort William 21 0 1 20 -81 1

Manager's Programme Notes


Co-manager Richard Hughes admitted that Academy had not played to the same high standard as in previous games. ‘It wasn’t graet to see us com ehere and drop the standard of our play. But that’s football – we have played better and lost.’ He added; ‘The league is very tight and we have managed to creep up to sixth.

Nairn boss Les Fridge said: ‘We totally dominated the game in the second half. It was wave after wave of attack and we played some of the best football we have played in weeks but our final ball let us down in the last third.’