MacNab misses out as Wick Academy seek to overcome Bo'ness United at second attempt
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Wick Academy will be without striker Gordon MacNab as they look to overcome Bo'ness United at the second attempt in Saturday's Scottish Cup replay.
The Scorries will have a 6.30am start for the journey to West Lothian, with an away tie against League Two side Edinburgh City in round two awaiting the winners.
Academy led twice at Harmsworth Park last weekend, courtesy of headed goals by Jack Henry and Steven Anderson, but their Lowland League opponents hit back through Zander Miller and Matty Flynn to claim a 2-2 draw.
Bo'ness finished the game with nine players after Greg Skinner and Jamie McCormack were each shown the red card by referee Alex Shepherd.
MacNab will miss the trip to Newtown Park after injuring a hamstring in the first half.
Manager Gary Manson said: “It's handy to have all your attacking options available, certainly for cup ties that need to be won on the day, but he will certainly be out.
“Gordie has started the season quite well so he will be a miss.”
Andrew Hardwick is ruled out because of work commitments, while fellow defender Joe Anderson is rated as “extremely doubtful”.
Academy seemed to be in a strong position when Anderson's diving header put them 2-1 up early in the second half, just after Skinner had been given his marching orders. However, the Scorries were unable to hold on and had to settle for their seventh draw in 11 league and cup matches this season.
“Obviously we're disappointed we didn't get the job done in the first game," Manson said. "All we can do is just dust ourselves off and try and finish the job the second time around."
Bo'ness United travelled without an overnight stop for the first match and Academy will do likewise for the replay.
“It's a long journey in one day," Manson said. "We'll just need to get on with it and once we get down there prepare ourselves correctly and get the job done.
“We'll go down there and give it our best shot.”
Bo'ness United manager Max Christie admitted in the aftermath of Saturday's tie that he had been left shaking his head at the two red-card decisions.
"We really fancy our chances in the replay,” Christie said. "Obviously we’ll need to be at our best but we’re looking to get the win.
"We showed great spirit and great character in the first game.”
Academy had been due to host Formartine United in a league game this weekend. The Pitmedden side also have a Scottish Cup replay, away to Cumnock Juniors.
Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale are in replay action too, at home to Cumbernauld Colts and away to Haddington Athletic respectively.