Wick Thistle celebrate a return to first-division football
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WICK Thistle are looking forward to sampling life in the top flight for the first time in four seasons.
The Jags cracked open the champagne on Friday after clinching the Caithness County League division-two championship with a stress-free victory over town rivals Rovers.
Three-nil ahead at the interval, Arthur Bruce’s men never looked in danger against a pith-less Rovers side.
Marc Gunn bagged a hat-trick with the other goals falling to Owen Harrold and Darren Shepherd.
Meanwhile, it’s crunch time for county division-one league sides next week as championship and demotion issues remain live going into the final round of matches.
That would change were relegation-haunted Acks to get a result versus Pentland United in Thurso tonight (Thursday). A home win or draw would make Wick Groats champions for the second year in a row.
If the free-scoring Dunnet team secure its sixth straight league win, it would set up a showdown at Upper Bignold on Wednesday.
Division one: Acks 5, Halkirk 3.
Castletown 2, Wick Groats 6.
John O’Groats 2, Staxigoe United 2.
Swifts 2, Pentland United 9.
Division two: FSC 2, Ormlie Hotspurs 3.
Keiss 4, Ormlie Hotspurs 1.
Lybster 2, FSC 2.
Lybster 4, Keiss 2.
Rovers 0, Thurso Pentland 4.
Top Joe’s 0, Thurso Pentland 7.
Top Joe’s 4, Wick Thistle 1.
Wick Thistle 5, Rovers 0.
Steven Cup first round: Thurso Pentland 6, Ormlie Hotspurs 1.
Wick Thistle 3, Lybster 0.