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Scorries look to hush up record scorer Keith


By Matt Leslie


Wick Academy captain Alan Farquhar keeps a close eye on Inverurie striker Neil Gauld during last week's 1-0 victory at Harlaw Park. Farquhar will be charged with keeping Cammy Keith under wraps when the Scorries face Keith this weekend. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy captain Alan Farquhar keeps a close eye on Inverurie striker Neil Gauld during last week's 1-0 victory at Harlaw Park. Farquhar will be charged with keeping Cammy Keith under wraps when the Scorries face Keith this weekend. Picture: Mel Roger

Keeping Cammy Keith quiet will be the order of the day as Wick Academy seek to climb the Highland League table.

The Scorries had a morale-boosting 1-0 win at Inverurie last weekend and a win at Keith’s Kynoch Park tomorrow would see them leapfrog over the Maroons into ninth spot on goal difference – weather permitting.

Wick could well have overtaken Saturday's opponents already had the heavens not opened up ahead of their scheduled fixture at home to Strathspey Thistle on Wednesday.

A waterlogged pitch ensured there would be no midweek action at Harmsworth Park but Tom McKenna's side are back in action this weekend with a hitman to be wary of.

Cammy Keith's exploits for his namesake club have been legendary over the past 10 years and he is the club’s all-time top scorer. If he can be stopped, Academy will fancy their chances of taking the points.

McKenna said: "It goes without saying that if we can cut off Cammy's supply, they won't be able to hurt us.

"He's a striker who has been around the Highland League for a number of years and has an excellent scoring record.

"Keith is always a difficult place to go to and it's harder when he's on form. However, at Locos last Saturday we were able to keep Neil Gauld quiet and that worked well for us.

"We can go above them on goal difference if we win. If we can keep it tight at one end, if we play as well as we can, we can create chances at the other.

"We would like to get more goals in open play. Great though it was to win at Inverurie, it was via a penalty and you always want to score more by finishing off chances created as not every team is going to gift you a penalty.”

We would have been looking to build some momentum after the win against Locos.

McKenna admits his team could have done with the Strathspey game not being rained off.

He added: "That postponement means we will now have a period where we only play one game in eight at home.

"So ourselves and the team bus will renew our acquaintance but that's something you've got to get on with.

"It would have been nice to have a home game under the floodlights and back in front of our supporters again, especially as we would have been looking to build some momentum after the win against Locos.

"However, we are on the road again and we have a wee incentive to move up the league table once more."



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