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Wick Academy will show Turriff utmost respect, says Manson


By Alan Hendry

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Wick Academy player/manager Gary Manson tackles Ryan Farquhar of Lossiemouth during Monday's match at Harmsworth Park. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy player/manager Gary Manson tackles Ryan Farquhar of Lossiemouth during Monday's match at Harmsworth Park. Picture: Mel Roger

Wick Academy manager Gary Manson insists Turriff United will be shown the "utmost respect" when the teams meet at The Haughs on Monday.

The Scorries made it five wins in six games when they beat Lossiemouth 2-0 this week, moving up to eighth place in the Highland League in the process.

Turriff went down 3-0 at Huntly and are second bottom, level on points with Strathspey Thistle. However, Dean Donaldson's side earned a 1-1 draw at Harmsworth Park in August and Manson felt they had an effective game plan that day.

"We'll be going down there obviously trying to win the match, first and foremost, and we'll be giving the team that we're up against the utmost respect," he said.

“Yes, you can look at the table and obviously it's a more favourable fixture than playing someone at the top of the league. But you can take nothing for granted, especially when the pitches are starting to get heavy or cutting up.

Ross Allan knocks the ball past Turriff United keeper Tim Findlay to put Wick Academy in front when the teams met at Harmsworth Park in August. The match ended 1-1. Picture: Mel Roger
Ross Allan knocks the ball past Turriff United keeper Tim Findlay to put Wick Academy in front when the teams met at Harmsworth Park in August. The match ended 1-1. Picture: Mel Roger

"The pitches are very much a leveller at this time of year, so we'll be nothing for granted whatsoever.

“They gave us a good game up in Wick. They impressed me the way they wanted to play. You could tell that they had been coached well and had a clear game plan.

“Obviously they're a young side and they are still learning. If they keep the squad together and keep the manager that they have there, I fully expect them to go from strength to strength in the next couple of years.”

In Monday's match against Lossiemouth it took an own goal by Ross Archibald to break the deadlock four minutes from half-time. Both teams had penalty appeals in the second half before Davie Allan put the issue beyond doubt with a well-taken breakaway goal in stoppage time

Assistant manager Michael Gray said: “If you look at the league at the moment, there is a little bit of a split between seventh and eighth. We're challenging the players to see if we can catch up with the top half, and if we want to do that we need to target three points in games against the teams in and around us.”

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