1 - 3
1 - 3
Brian Macleod (16)
Craig Gunn (15)
Craig Gunn (51)
Mark Nicol (79)
Michael A Rae
Steven Edwards for Gareth Smith (63)
Steve Sanderson for Gary Farquhar (63)
Robbie Duncanson for Brian Macleod (77)
Alec Lamb for Andrew Macleod (68)
Mark Nicol for Paul McCallum (75)
Gary Weir for Craig Gunn (89)
The post Ronnie Sharp era at Station Park failed to get off to a winning start as County crashed to a home defeat at the hands of Wick Academy. The temporary management trio handed a start to youngster Glenn Main while Gareth Smith returned for his first game since the beginning of January. Completing the defence was Mo MacMillan in place of Paul McDonald while Steven Edwards dropped down to the bench to make way for Gary Farquhar.
Things looked to have started positively for County when they went close early on. Brian Macleod latched onto a Gary Farquhar through ball but could only fire his shot straight at visiting keeper Don MacMillan.
Then on the quarter of an hour mark the visitors broke the deadlock. Young forward Craig Gunn collected the ball just inside the Nairn half of the field and beat County's Mo MacMillan for pace before calmly slotting past Michael Rae.
But the home side struck back almost immediately. WIllie Barron's low cross from the right was met by Brian Macleod at the back post as the ex-Ross County man slid the ball over the line for his second goal of the season and County's first of 2004.
The visitors almost reclaimed their lead with 37 minutes on the clock. Martin Gunn did well to turn on the edge of the box but he could only succeed in firing his shot high over the crossbar.
Stand-in skipper Ian Brooks received a pass in field by Brian Macleod on the edge of the box but the shot that he unleashed sialed over the crossbar five minutes before the interval.
Six minutes after the re-start and Wick went in front for the second time in the match. A mix-up between County defender Gareth Smith and goalkeeper Michael Rae left both grounded allowing Craig Gunn to turn the ball that broke loose into the net for his second goal of the day.
Brian Macleod then sent in an inch perfect cross for Scott Kellacher to get on the end of but the ex-Celtic man could only direct his header over the crossbar.
The home side's misery was compunded with 11 minutes left for play. Wick sub Mark Nicol turned Nairn's Steven Edwards after receiving a low cross from the right before placing the ball into Rae's bottom left hand corner to seal the three points for the visitors and condemn Nairn to their fourth defeat in a row.
Nairn will have to get their house in order ahead of next weeks trip the title challengers Fraserburgh if they are to stand any chance of taking anything from the match after a poor performance today against a side placed lower than themselves in the League table.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||18||-||46||-|
|Steven Edwards (sub)||22||15||1||38||2|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||22||13||1||41||20|
|Robbie Duncanson (sub)||19||13||3||15||3|
No league table has been added for this season.