Wick Academy 0
Deveronvale 2
League


Wick Academy
0 - 2
Deveronvale 

League
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Harmsworth Park. Att. 280
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Grant Noble (34)
Dane Ballard (53)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Steve Dolan

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Grant Steven
Jack Henry
Craig Gunn
Jack Halliday
Richard Macadie
David Allan
Gordon MacNab
Errol Watson
Lewis Dunbar
Harry Noble
Ross Aitken
Michael Dunn
Kevin Adams
Leszek Nowosielski
Blair MacLeennan
Dane Ballard
Matthew Wallace
Grant Noble

Bench
Greg Mackay
Sam Mackay
Andrew Hardwick
James More
Kyle Gauld
Robert Scott
Sam Robertson
Kyle Willox
James Blanchard

Substitutions
Andrew Hardwick for Craig Gunn (26)
Sam Mackay for Gordon MacNab (46)
Kyle Gauld for Harry Noble (60)
Robert Scott for Dane Ballard (83)
Sam Robertson for Leszek Nowosielski (89)

Cautions
None. Harry Noble (81)
Kyle Scott (86)
Errol Watson (87)
Blair MacLennan (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)
Scott Matthew & Graham John (Assistants)




Match Report


In their first outing since the announcement of a sponsorship deal with the Beatrice offshore wind farm, the Scorries found them-selves all at sea. They were blown off course by a Deveronvale side that was streetwise, well organised and clinical in front of goal as strikes from Grant Noble and Dane Ballard, one in each half, made sure of the points. Gary Manson marked a fantastic milestone by taking to the park for his 600th competitive appearance for the club.
Academy huffed and puffed, but despite stepping up the pressure in the closing stages, they never really looked like staging a comeback. It came as an anti-climax after three wins in which they had banged in 17 goals and following on from news of the two-year deal with Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd as main sponsor.
The early signs were promising enough. A quick passing move created an opening for Craig Gunn but he blazed his shot over the bar, then a free kick from Gary Manson caused a momentary problem for keeper Errol Watson as it squirmed away from him.
On 10 minutes Davie Allan beat the offside trap but was forced wide and his shot flew over. Play became increasingly scrappy and Academy found it difficult to penetrate Vale’s five at the back.
At the top end Ballard sent a glancing header wide, then Sean McCarthy was almost left red-faced when his poor kick-out went straight to the opposition. The Wick keeper made amends by blocking Noble’s low effort.
Vale went ahead in 36 minutes when Leszek Nowosielski set Noble free in the inside-left channel and he lashed an unstoppable shot past McCarthy.
There was a let-off for Academy three minutes before the break when Matthew Wallace looked certain to score only for McCarthy to pull off a brilliant save.
The Banff outfit doubled their lead six minutes into the second half with another well-taken goal. Noble chipped the ball forward to Ballard and the quick-thinking striker lofted it over McCarthy.
Wick supporters were shouting for greater urgency. Allan managed to break clear into the box and he found Sam Mackay, whose low drive was kept out by Watson. Jack Halliday delivered the ball into the danger zone but there was no-one to take advantage, then a Richard Macadie cross was turned over by Jack Henry.
Finally there were signs of Academy’s passing game coming to life, and Allan showed great trickery only to see his effort on goal bounce off the crossbar. A good old-fashioned stramash occurred in the Vale box but no-one was able to apply a decisive touch. By then it was obvious this just wasn’t going to be Academy’s day. The mood was summed up when the tireless Allan chased a long pass, was unable to reach it before it rolled out of play, and promptly blasted the ball against an advertising hoarding in frustration.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Aug 15, 2018.



Squad Statistics (as at August 11th, 2018)


2018/2019 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 5 - 141 -
Danny Mackay27 4 - 1144
Grant Steven26 4 - 2148
Richard Macadie31 54495191
Gary Manson34 5360043
Jack Henry26 5 - 21 -
Gordon MacNab24 51237
Jack Halliday24 51515
Alan Farquhar30 5 - 2874
Craig Gunn31 425431
David Allan28 53317138
Andrew Hardwick (sub)25 1 - 401
Sam Mackay (sub)29 4 - 302136






League Table (as at August 11th, 2018)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Formartine Utd 4 4 0 0 +11 12
2. Cove Rangers 3 3 0 0 +8 9
3. Fraserburgh 4 3 0 1 +6 9
4. Brora Rangers 4 3 0 1 +4 9
5. Turriff United 4 2 1 1 +8 7
6. Inverurie Locos 4 2 1 1 +3 7
7. Buckie Thistle 4 2 0 2 +11 6
8. WICK 4 2 0 2 +7 6
9. Huntly 4 2 0 2 +6 6
10. Deveronvale 4 2 0 2 +5 6
11. Forres Mech 3 2 0 1 +5 6
12. Keith 3 2 0 1 +1 6
13. Rothes 4 2 0 2 +6 3
14. Clachnacuddin 3 1 0 2 -3 3
15. Nairn County 4 1 0 3 -8 3
16. Strathspey 4 0 0 4 -14 0
17. Lossiemouth 4 0 0 4 -20 0
18. Fort William 4 0 0 4 -36 -9

Manager's Programme Notes


This was Gary Manson's 600th competitive appearance.
The game was played for the Torn Loyalty trophy in memory of Hector Buttress.