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We haven't been getting the luck we deserve, says Halliday after his super strike helps Wick to first win of season


By Alan Hendry

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Wick Academy midfielder Jack Halliday beats Fort William's Darren Brew to the ball. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy midfielder Jack Halliday beats Fort William's Darren Brew to the ball. Picture: Mel Roger

Captain Jack Halliday admitted Wick Academy's first win of the season in the Highland League had been "a long time coming" after his rocket shot helped them on their way to all three points against Fort William.

Halliday scored the second in the 3-1 victory on Saturday with an unstoppable strike in the 73rd minute.

“That win has been a long time coming," he said. "We feel like we should have won four or five games this season, easily.

“We've just not been getting the luck that we probably deserve – the luck that other teams are probably getting against us, and we're being punished for every mistake.

“Fort William are physical team and they make you work for it. But the goals were always coming – it was more a matter of when.”

On his stunning shot, Halliday said: “I've had two or three over the last few weeks and it was good to see one actually go in the net. It was getting a bit frustrating.

“It felt sweet when it left my foot and it was good to see it go in.

“Most of all it was good to get the three points and hopefully this is the monkey off our back.”

Manager Gary Manson said: “Jack has been shooting from range all season and he has been getting closer and closer and closer. It was a good strike.”

Wick Academy's Jack Henry is pulled back by Fort William's Joseph Kalbah. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy's Jack Henry is pulled back by Fort William's Joseph Kalbah. Picture: Mel Roger

The draw for the Highland League Cup brought the possibility of Wick Academy taking on Brora Rangers for a fourth time this season.

If Brora overcome Fort William in a preliminary round tie, there will be a far north derby in the first round at Harmsworth Park next month.

The teams met in Wick in the North of Scotland Cup in August when the Cattachs won 1-0.

GPH Builders Merchants Highland League Cup – Preliminary round (ties on October 30): Fort William v Brora Rangers; Deveronvale v Lossiemouth.

First round (November 13): Keith v Fraserburgh; Buckie Thistle v Nairn County; Inverurie Locos v Huntly; Wick Academy v Fort William or Brora Rangers; Formartine United v Brechin City; Clachnacuddin v Strathspey Thistle; Deveronvale or Lossiemouth v Rothes; Forres Mechanics v Turriff United.

GPH Builders Merchants signed a two-year deal to become title sponsor of the competition.


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