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Strike pair Anderson and MacNab suspended for Wick Academy's trip to Huntly


By Alan Hendry

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Wick Academy's Alan Hughes gets to the ball ahead of Brora's Harry Hennem in the cup tie last Saturday. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy's Alan Hughes gets to the ball ahead of Brora's Harry Hennem in the cup tie last Saturday. Picture: Mel Roger

Wick Academy will again be missing a number of key players as they resume their Highland League campaign this weekend away to Huntly.

Strikers Steven Anderson and Gordon MacNab will both be suspended for the game at Christie Park as the Scorries set about trying to improve their league position after being knocked out of the Highland League Cup by Brora Rangers last weekend.

Sean Campbell is still out with a hamstring injury, while Brandon Sinclair has damaged his groin and is unlikely to return before Christmas.

Richard Macadie and Alan Farquhar remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Academy are also awaiting the results of Covid-19 tests which could have a bearing on the availability of some of the squad for Saturday's match.

Defender Andy Hardwick is available again after missing out recently through work commitments.

With the league campaign approaching its midway point, Academy still have just one win to show for their efforts and have yet to keep a clean sheet. Huntly are four places higher in the league table but the Black and Golds have been on a losing streak recently.

“We've just got to focus on the league and try and push up as high as we possibly can," manager Gary Manson said. "That's all we've got left now.

“We're pretty close to the turnaround. Forres [away] was our first game and that's a week Saturday [at Harmsworth Park] so we're almost at the halfway stage, although we've missed two games.

“It's a chance to just reset and say, 'Right, the first half of the season has been disappointing, but let's try and get more points in the second half.'

“We'll take Saturday as it comes first and see what happens.

“It'll be very similar to the other games we've played against teams in and around that area of the table. It'll be a fifty-fifty game.

“Obviously we're not in good form at the moment and neither are they.

“It'll be a welcome three points for whoever wins the game, so it'll be a keenly contested affair.”

Academy went out of the Highland League Cup in the first round when Brora won 3-0 at Harmsworth Park, with all the goals coming inside the opening half-hour.

Highland League fixtures for Saturday: Brechin City v Lossiemouth; Buckie Thistle v Clachnacuddin; Deveronvale v Fort William; Forres Mechanics v Fraserburgh; Huntly v Wick Academy; Inverurie Locos v Strathspey Thistle; Keith v Brora Rangers; Rothes v Formartine United; Turriff United v Nairn County.


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