0 - 2
0 - 2
Grant Noble (34)
Dane Ballard (53)
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)
Harry Noble (81)
Kyle Scott (86)
Errol Watson (87)
Blair MacLennan (88)
Billy Baxter (Referee)
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.
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Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Aug 15, 2018.
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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 15th August 2018.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||25||5||-||141||-|
|Andrew Hardwick (sub)||25||1||-||40||1|
|Sam Mackay (sub)||29||4||-||303||136|
This was Gary Manson's 600th competitive appearance.
The game was played for the Torn Loyalty trophy in memory of Hector Buttress.
Tom McKenna interviewed by Alan Hendry, Caithness Courier
Tom McKenna is demanding greater consistency from his Wick Academy players after watching them slump to a 2-0 home defeat to Deveronvale on Saturday.
Confidence was high going into the game after a recent run of convincing wins in league and cup, but it all fell flat as the Scorries struggled to find a way through a well-drilled Vale back line.
“The performance is not acceptable for this football club or for myself,” a frustrated McKenna said. “I said to the boys we’ve set standards, and the standards we’ve set have not been met today.
“We were well, well short of what we expect, especially playing at home when you’ve got a good turnout. The manner in which we lost is really disappointing.
“Deveronvale played five at the back, 5-3-2, very defensive, just playing on the counter-attack, and it worked for them. “We didn’t have the creativity or the imagination to break them down in the final third.”
Academy had generated a feelgood factor in their three previous outings, beating Strathspey Thistle in the North of Scotland Cup before league victories against Lossiemouth and Nairn County, scoring 17 goals in the process.
But they ran out of ideas on Saturday as well-taken goals by Grant Noble and Dane Ballard, either side of half-time, secured Vale’s first win at Harmsworth Park since 2015.
McKenna said: “We did have a few chances but were unable to convert them. “In the first 10 or 15 minutes we dominated play and if Craig Gunn or Davie Allan had put one of those away I think it would have been a different story – but it’s ifs and buts.
“The boys were on a high. The football they’ve been playing has been absolutely fantastic, so to put in a performance like that today is not good enough. They’ve got to realise that and they’ve got to show more consistency now.
“They’ve had three good results but good teams will go on to gather some momentum and win more points. “That’s what good teams can do, and unfortunately we don’t fall into that bracket at the moment.”
Vale manager Steve Dolan said: “I thought we were outstanding from start to finish. “We came up here last season and got a bit of a beating in the middle of the pitch so basically we tried to play a three in there to combat Wick because I think that’s where they’re at their strongest.
“On Wednesday against Formartine I thought we played well without really having many attempts on goal. But as I said to the players today, if you don’t shoot you don’t score, and you need to get balls in the box.
“From the goalkeeper right through I can’t fault anybody and we had two great finishes. “I don’t think many teams will come and win up here.
“Wick are a top, top football side so we’re delighted with the three points.”
It was Academy’s first match since the announcement of a two-year sponsorship deal with Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd, and the team turned out in their new home kit featuring the Beatrice logo.