Wick Academy 0
Cove Rangers 2

Wick Academy
0 - 2
Cove Rangers 

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Harmsworth Park. Att. 350
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Mitchel Megginson (35) Pen
Mitchel Megginson (56)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
John Sheran

Starting Eleven
Gordon Clark
Michael Steven
Grant Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Danny Mackay
Jack Halliday
Gary Manson
Marc MacGregor
Richard Macadie
David Allan
Gordon MacNab
Stuart McKenzie
Alan Redford
Harry Milne
Blair Yule
Scott Ross
Darryn Kelly
Daniel Park
Cameron Milne
Mitchel Megginson
Jordan MacRae
Jamie Masson

Alan Farquhar
Craig Gunn
Grant Aitkenhead
Alan Hughes
James More
Eric Watson
Ryan Ferguson
Jordan Brown
Ryan Strachan
Hamish Macleod
John McCafferty

Alan Hughes for Marc MacGregor (67)
Alan Farquhar for Richard Macadie (81)
Eric Watson for Scott Ross (69)
Jordon Brown for Daniel Park (74)
Ryan Ferguson for Jordon MacRae (77)

Jack Halliday (8)
Richard Macadie (25)
Andrew Hardwick (53)
David Allan (62)
Gary Manson (72)
Grant Steven (73)
Grant Steven (79)
Harry Milne (9)
Alan Redford (29)
Jordan Brown (79)

Red Cards
Michael Steven (33)
Grant Steven (79)
Match Officials

Liam Duncan (Referee)
David Alexander & Brian Fowlie (Assistants)

Match Report

It was always going to be a difficult task for Academy to overcome the league leaders, but for 30 minutes, buoyed by performances over the last few weeks, Academy more than held their own.
The referee had his cards out early - Jack Halliday booked in the 7th minute for a challenge on Cove's Blair Yule and then 2 minutes later Harry Milne was yellow for a blatant trip on Davie Allan as the Wick man was flying down the wing. The first chance of the game fell to Wick from the free kick but Gordon MacNab could not steer his shot on target.
Cove's opening chance came when Blair Yule beat Andrew Hardwick to the byeline and cut the ball back across goal - Jack Halliday on hand to thump the ball clear for Wick.
It was Gordon Clark to the rescue for Wick after 18 minutes when Mitch Megginson fed the ball through to Jordon MacRae, but Clark got down quickly to his right to push MacRae's shot to safety.
A minute later Wick were on the attack - Marc Macgregor with a neat turn and shot at the edge of the 18 yard box that went just wide of the post, a run into the box by Gordon MacNab was smothered by Alan Redford and a run and cross in from the right by Davie Allan missed the outstretched leg of Marc Macgregor by inches.
The Wick crowd watched in amazement in the 27th minute when Liam Duncan brandished a yellow card at Richard Macadie for the most innocuous of challenges - Gordon Clark having to be on his toes from the resulting free kick to tip the ball over the bar.
A minute later there were howls of protests from Wick players and fans alike as Alan Redford fouled Gordon MacNab as he was running on to a pass from Davie Allan. To everyone's disbelief referee Duncan only showed a yellow card to Redford who looked to have been last man.
The resulting free kick came to nothing for Wick and Cove were immediately on the attack again - Mitch Megginson's shot from the edge of the 6 yard box blocked by Gordon Clark and hooked away to safety by Michael Steven.
The Harmsworth faithful behind the goal were once again incensed 2 minutes later when the already booked Harry Milne appeared to throw himself to the ground in the Wick penalty box under pressure from Jack Halliday.
And then disaster for Academy - A thru ball found MacRae on the edge of the 18 yard box - Michael Steven nudged the ball and the man towards the keeper - Wick keeper Gordon Clark did well to get a hand to the ball and clear it to his right - then as a stramash ensued between Clark and MacRae , Steven looked to have finished the clearance before a challenge from Mitch Megginson sent the Wick defender thru the air. With all eyes on the ongoing stramash between Clark and MacRae, when the referees whistle blew almost everyone in the ground assumed it was for a free kick to Cove on the edge of the box for the original Steven challenge. Enter Assistant referee Brian Fowler who advised the referee that Michael Steven had kicked out at Megginson while flying thru the air. Red card for Michael Steven and a penalty to Cove that was subsequently dispatched by Megginson.
Academy adjusted quickly and made their way to half time with only two further Cove attacks causing consternation - Gordon Clark saving low to his right from Daniel Park and a shot from Jaime Masson that beat Clark but hit the post , flew across the face of goal, and was cleared to safety.

Half time: Wick 0 v Cove 1

Cove made their man advantage pay 10 minutes into the second half - Mitch Megginson running on to a pass by Blair Yule and firing the ball low past Gordon Clark. A minute later Megginson nearly had his hat-trick just inches off converting a cross from the left by Harry Milne.
Gordon Clark was called into action again in the 63rd minute when he punched clear a swerving cross from Jordon MacRae and the crowd and Jack Halliday held their collective breath when Halliday (already booked) brought down Cameron Milne on the edge of the 18 yard box.
Wick defended well for the next 10 minutes keeping Cove away from the 18 yard box but Cove had another chance on goal in the 70th minute when a late challenge by Danny Mackay on Mitch Megginson brought another free kick at the edge of the box. Before the free kick referee Duncan had brandished his yellow card at Gary Manson for an earlier infringement and Grant Steven for talking back.
Cove may not have scored from the free kick but Grant Steven's booking became expensive when, 5 minutes later, his late tackle on substitute Jordon Brown earned him a second yellow and a subsequent red card.
It was backs to the wall defending for the 9 men left on the park for Wick for the last 15 minutes - with Gordon Clark excelling in the Wick goal as he faced wave after wave of Cove attacks.

Click on the link below to read a newspaper report for this match.

Match report written by Mel Roger

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 7th November 2018.

Squad Statistics (as at November 3rd, 2018)

2018/2019 All Time
Gordon Clark (GK)23 2 - 2 -
Danny Mackay27 11 - 1214
Andrew Hardwick26 75466
Michael Steven28 12224715
Grant Steven26 14 - 2248
Marc MacGregor23 13710431
Richard Macadie31 186508193
Gary Manson34 18561445
Gordon MacNab24 1843610
Jack Halliday24 163637
David Allan29 177330142
Alan Hughes (sub)23 14 - 854
Alan Farquhar (sub)30 15 - 2974

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at November 3rd, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 13 13 0 0 +43 39
2. Fraserburgh 16 12 1 3 +33 37
3. Forres Mech 16 11 1 4 +30 34
4. Brora Rangers 14 11 0 3 +33 33
5. Inverurie Locos 17 10 3 4 +22 33
6. Formartine Utd 15 10 2 3 +21 32
7. Buckie Thistle 15 8 0 7 +17 24
8. WICK 15 7 2 6 +10 23
9. Huntly 15 7 2 6 +6 23
10. Keith 16 6 2 8 -8 20
11. Deveronvale 16 6 1 9 -5 19
12. Rothes 16 6 3 7 +8 18
13. Turriff United 16 5 3 8 0 18
14. Nairn County 14 5 2 7 -4 17
15. Strathspey 15 4 3 8 -17 15
16. Clachnacuddin 13 1 2 10 -23 5
17. Lossiemouth 16 1 0 15 -61 3
18. Fort William 16 0 1 15 -105 -8