Wick Academy 1
Inverurie Locos 3

Wick Academy
1 - 3
Inverurie Locos 

Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Harmsworth Park. Att. 300
3:00 PM Kick-off

Michael Steven (56)
Chris Angus (43)
Chris Angus (82)
Martin Laing (90)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Neil Cooper

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Danny Mackay
Michael Steven
Grant Steven
Richard Macadie
Alan Farquhar
Gary Manson
Sam Mackay
Jack Halliday
Steven Anderson
David Allan
Andy Reid
Connor Rennie
Greg Mitchell
Stuart Duff
Mark Souter
Ryan Broadhurst
Joseph McCabe
Neil McLean
Neil Gauld
Chris Angus
Jordon Leyden

Danny McCarthy
Alan Hughes
Gordon MacNab
Craig Gunn
Martin Laing
Chris Herd
Kyle Gordon
Harrison Hinks
Morgan Cook

Craig Gunn for Alan Farquhar (73)
Alan Hughes for Richard Macadie (82)
Not Know.

Grant Steven (47)
Danny Mackay (77)
Craig Gunn (88)
Not Known.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Proctor (Referee)
Darren Westmacott & Duncan Anderson (Assistants)

Match Report

It was full steam ahead for Inverurie as Wick Academy’s valiant attempt to put the buffers on Locos failed to steer them off track. The Inverurie outfit pulled into town and handed out the same lesson that Wick delivered to Fraserburgh seven days before – take your chances when they come to you, Chris Angus and Martin Laing did just that with the former bagging a double and Laing rounding things off with almost the last kick of the match.
Academy – whose goal came when Michael Steven’s looping header cancelled out Angus’s first – were left kicking themselves at what might have been as chances went astray. Locos, on the other hand, were in no mood to be forgiving when errors from their hosts presented them with gilt-edged opportunities.
It was a reverse of what happened at Harmsworth Park the week before when Wick made Fraserburgh pay for not taking their chances. Such are the swings and roundabouts that football can deliver. Academy boss Tom McKenna felt his side deserved at least a point but admitted they had themselves to blame for not getting it.
He said: “We made some crucial errors and at the end of the day they cost us. “We had many chances to score but were unable to put them away.
“I felt a draw would have been a fair result given both teams were prepared to come out and play.
“Their first goal was against the run of play but was one that was avoidable.
“Sean McCarthy has been brilliant in goal for us all season. Sadly he miskicked a clearance straight to the opposition and seconds later we’re a goal down.
“Sean has been outstanding for us this season and if you take that error out of the equation then he had another good game.
“We battled back in the second half and got our reward when Michael headed in. Up until their second – which came late in the game – it was nip and tuck as to who was going to win.
“We had our chances but couldn’t convert them.
“Then another defensive error cost us when Michael stumbled on the ball, which allowed their striker to capitalise and score.
“The lads were very disappointed afterwards but I took that as being a good sign. On paper, a neutral would look at the league positions and not be surprised by the result.
“But the fact that the players feel gutted they didn’t beat a team that’s been in a title race this season shows how their mind-set is – they want to lift themselves to the level Locos are at.”
Wick travel to Rothes on Wednesday night and McKenna admits he’s struggling to find numbers to fill the team-sheet.
He said: “We’ve had so many rearranged mid-week fixtures of late and not surprisingly some lads can’t get the time off work to play for us.
“There’s only so much they can take and we’re a bit short for players for the trip to Rothes.
“I will probably have to dip in to the under-17 squad.
“But rest assured there’s no way I’m putting the boots back on. We’d probably be a man down if I did that.”

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, April 18, 2018.

Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 2018)

2017/2018 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)24 28 - 133 -
Grant Steven25 2422108
Michael Steven28 21223413
Danny Mackay27 3521084
Alan Farquhar30 7 - 2794
Richard Macadie31 3310487187
Jack Halliday23 303464
Sam Mackay29 287298135
Gary Manson34 31359340
David Allan28 71311135
Steven Anderson25 341414867
Alan Hughes (sub)22 182683
Craig Gunn (sub)30 1744829

League Table (as at April 14th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 31 28 3 0 +107 87
2. Inverurie Locos 34 25 3 6 +67 78
3. Formartine Utd 31 23 1 7 +66 70
4. Forres Mech 32 21 4 7 +37 67
5. Fraserburgh 31 20 4 7 +57 64
6. Brora Rangers 29 17 3 9 +42 54
7. Buckie Thistle 34 15 6 13 +24 51
8. Huntly 33 15 4 14 -14 49
9. WICK 31 12 10 9 +17 46
10. Deveronvale 32 14 3 15 -9 45
11. Nairn County 31 14 3 14 -15 45
12. Rothes 31 13 4 14 +5 43
13. Clachnacuddin 34 11 8 15 -15 41
14. Turriff United 31 10 4 17 -15 34
15. Keith 32 4 3 25 -55 15
16. Lossiemouth 33 4 3 26 -79 15
17. Strathspey 31 4 1 26 -88 13
18. Fort William 29 0 3 26 -132 3