Macadie suffers arm injury as Wick Academy are beaten at Rothes
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Wick Academy manager Gary Manson is hoping an arm injury suffered by Mark Macadie in Saturday's Highland League match against Rothes will not be as serious as initially feared.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder went off with a dislocated elbow after a collision with Rothes keeper Sean McCarthy as they rose for a cross.
The incident happened during the first half at Mackessack Park and Rothes went on to win 3-0.
Manson said: “There are no broken bones or fractures or anything, so hopefully it's not as bad as first feared.
“It looked quite nasty when it happened. His arm was sticking out in places that it shouldn't be sticking out.
“He went to hospital in Elgin and had at least two X-rays on it and got a cast on it, and he's got a follow-up appointment on Thursday to see how long the cast is going to be on for.
“It could have been a penalty but the referee didn't give it. It was just a collision, there was no malice in it.”
Macadie is the latest attacking player to join the Scorries' injury list.
“Marc Macgregor is out just now, Mark Macadie is now out, Kyle Henderson is struggling a wee bit with his ankle, so it's not ideal at all," Manson said. "But hopefully Mark is back in a matter of weeks rather than months.”
Jake Thomson put the Speysiders in front after 40 minutes and added another 11 minutes into the second half. Greg Morrison rounded off the scoring with four minutes left.
Manson said: “It was a strange game. In the first half they just sat back and let us have all the ball and just defended their own half.
“It's not really a tactic you come up against much in the Highland League.
“We created a couple of half-chances but nothing major in the first half. They had all 11 players behind the ball and were just trying to pounce on us if we made a mistake.
“We were managing it well, we were keeping the ball well, we were probing without really causing them a lot of problems. We were not under any pressure. Then, with about five minutes to go in the first half, they pounced on a mistake that we made and the guy finished it well.
“In the second half there wasn't much in the game at all. It was just a bit of a stalemate, really, and it was two mistakes that they capitalised on.”
Wick Academy's players will have an extra training session on Saturday as they sit out the first round of the Highland League Cup.
They were left with a blank weekend after losing 1-0 to Nairn County in their preliminary tie at Harmsworth Park earlier this month.
The Scorries' next match is at home to Ross County on Wednesday, August 30, in round one of the North of Scotland Cup.
Manager Gary Manson said: “We'll be training on Saturday. It's important that they keep the momentum up, and the fitness and sharpness.”
League leaders Buckie Thistle surrendered their 100 per cent record on Saturday but rescued a point at Formartine United with a last-gasp goal.
The Jags were down to 10 men when keeper Stuart Knight was sent off late in the game, already trailing to Julian Wade's first-half strike. Scott Adams popped up in the 90th minute to make it 1-1.
James Leslie's late equaliser earned Lossiemouth their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw at home to Brora Rangers. Tony Dingwall scored for Brora, who had Jordan MacRae sent off late on.
Huntly kept up their good start with a 3-2 win at struggling Inverurie. Huntly's Andy Hunter scored twice in the space of five minutes against his former club.
Turriff United defeated Clachnacuddin 4-1 in a bad-tempered encounter at The Haughs.
Goals by Ewan Clark, John Allan and Keir Smith put Turriff three up at the break.
Turriff then had Murray Cormack sent off, followed by Clach's Fergus Adams. Callan Gray got a fourth goal for Turriff, Aly Riddle grabbed a late consolation for Clach, and the third red card of the game was shown to Turriff's Fergus Alberts.
Champions Brechin City beat Nairn County 2-0, with Grady McGrath getting both goals.
Deveronvale put up a good fight against Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park but Broch emerged as 3-2 winners.
Banks O' Dee scored six without reply away to Strathspey Thistle, while Forres defeated Keith 2-1 at Mosset Park.
Highland League results: Brechin City 2, Nairn County 0; Formartine United 1, Buckie Thistle 1; Forres Mechanics 2, Keith 1; Fraserburgh 3, Deveronvale 2; Inverurie Locos 2, Huntly 3; Lossiemouth 1, Brora Rangers 1; Rothes 3, Wick Academy 0; Strathspey Thistle 0, Banks O' Dee 6; Turriff United 4, Clachnacuddin 1.
Fixtures – Saturday, August 26 – Highland League Cup, first round: Banks O' Dee v Forres Mechanics; Brora Rangers v Clachnacuddin; Buckie Thistle v Turriff United; Deveronvale v Fraserburgh; Formartine United v Brechin City; Keith v Nairn County; Lossiemouth v Strathspey Thistle; Rothes v Inverurie Locos.
Wednesday, August 30 – North of Scotland Cup, first round: Brora Rangers v Fort William; Forres Mechanics v Strathspey Thistle; Nairn County v Lossiemouth; Wick Academy v Ross County (8pm).