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Clachnacuddin manager is pleased with draw at Wick Academy

By Andrew Henderson

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Clachnacuddin picked up their point of the Highland League campaign with a 2–2 draw against Wick Academy at Harmsworth Park.

James Anderson scored a late equaliser for Clachnacuddin.
James Anderson scored a late equaliser for Clachnacuddin.

The Lilywhites had gone into the half time interval with a slender one-goal lead thanks to Shaun Sutherland’s finish.

That had already been under threat, with David Aitchison called upon to save a penalty, but he could not repeat the feat in the second half as Gary Manson equalised from the spot.

When David Allan put the hosts ahead at Harmsworth Park, Clach may have been forgiven for thinking the points had slipped away from them after two heavy defeats in their prior games sent them to the bottom of the league table.

They rallied, though, and James Anderson saved a point for Clachnacuddin with an 88th minute strike.

For Clach, it was a first point of the campaign which moved them up to 15th in the table above Turriff United, Fort William and Keith.

In manager Jordan Macdonald’s eyes, though, it was much more than that – it was proof that Clach can battle back when up against it and get rewards for their efforts.

He would love to play free-flowing football every week, but being able to grind out points is a very useful trait to have.

“It’s not an easy place to come,” Macdonald said.

“It never has been for any teams, and Clach over the years have struggled up here, but we needed to get something out of the game. We questioned the players a wee bit after last week and I can’t question them this week.

“Did we get the ball down like we want to? No, you don’t get to do that up here. So the heart and desire that the players showed, and the quality as well at times, was tremendous.

“We want to play. We didn’t get to show that today but what we did show was the other side of us. When it does get ugly, we’ll mix it as well.

“Fair play to Wick – they get it down, they try to knock it about themselves, and they’re good at it. The front three are a problem but I felt we dealt with it. We knew what we were coming up against today and we’re delighted with a point.”

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