Wick Academy v Nairn County - Preview

30th October, 2015 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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A 2-2 draw at Station Park last Saturday means that these sides replay their William Hill Scottish Cup second round tie at Harmsworth Park. With the draw for the next round of the competition having taken place on Thursday, both clubs know that a win will give them a crack at junior giants Linlithgow Rose on home turf in round three. All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s replay is below:

 

Date: Saturday October 31st 2015

Competition: William Hill Scottish Cup

Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Opponents: Wick Academy

Manager: Gordon Connelly

Venue: Harmsworth Park, Wick

Previous meeting: Nairn County 2 Wick Academy 2 October 24th 2015

Last time out: Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 2; Nairn County 2 Wick Academy 2

Previous round: Wick Academy 2 Whitehill Welfare 2 and Whitehill Welfare 2 Wick Academy 3 (replay); Nairn County 5 Selkirk 1

Form guides: Wick Academy WWWLLD Nairn County WLLWLD

Team news: Tony Wallace made a successful return to the County team from the knee injury which has kept him on the sidelines since the end of August. He appeared as a second half substitute last week and came through the remainder of the match unscathed. Defenders Martin MacDonald and Andrew Hardwick are out with a knee injury and loan at Fort William respectively but fellow defenders Michael Morrison and Paul Macleod are available despite having league suspensions hanging over them, the former returning to the squad after missing last Saturday’s tie due to a tight calf.

One to watch: Gary Weir. The striker was Wick’s main threat last week scoring the opener before going on to hit the crossbar twice. If the centre forward had been a few inches lower with both of those efforts then his side would be looking forward to a home tie with Linlithgow Rose in the third round of the competition. The County back line will have to work hard to restrict Weir’s chances as he is likely to be a potent threat again.

Match officials: Referee David Watt; Assistants Alex McDonald and Mike Sinclair

Weather forecast: Sunny 13 degrees 14 mph wind

Admission prices: Adults £8 Children / OAPs £5 (two children under the age 14 are admitted for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult).

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