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Wick Academy stayed top of the league table as they grabbed all three points against Deveronvale in front of a lively crowd at Princess Royal Park.

With the ladies coming out in force to support their local team, the amazing atmosphere they created certainly was absorbed by the hosts as they delivered a hard working performance but were left feeling hard done by for not getting anything out of this game.

The visitors made a great start as Davie Allan played a clever pass through to Lukasz Geruzal who slotted the ball home, however it wasn’t given as he had looked to have been in an offside position.

Minutes later Wick carved open the home side’s defence too easily as Richard Macadie floated a dangerous cross into the box which Geruzel got his head to - but Darren McConnachie managed to gather the ball.

After a quick counter attack by the Vale the ball broke to new signing Stuart Leslie who cut inside the keeper to tapped his effort into the net, but the goal was ruled offside which angered the home support.

Soon after, Richard Macadie caught the ball sweetly on the volley from far out which looked goal bound but the keeper superbly tipped it over to deny a certain contender for goal of the season. Geruzel came close in punishing the Vale after they failed to mark the strong centre forward as he turned on six pence to fire in a powerful effort which took a deflection to send it narrowly wide.

The away side’s Davie Allan drove down the left flank and smashed the ball into the box with Geruzel almost heading it goalwards but he just couldn’t reach the delivery. At the other end Zander Jack struck a delightful effort from 22 yards which flew over the bar.

Minutes later Stuart Leslie was quick to beat Ross Allan to the ball and he passed it to youngster Philip Watt who fired in a shot which keeper James More rushed out to block it with his right hand to put it behind for a corner. Straight from the set-piece Graeme Rodger held off a heavy challenge to strike low from a tight angle but More saved it well. Just before the break Rodger again came close as his curling effort went wide of the target.

Straight from the restart, Phillip Watt had a great chance when he stormed through on goal and struck a powerful effort but the keeper blocked the shot.

Geruzel got too much room inside the six-yard-box as his ferocious effort took a dangerous deflection off a defender with stopper McConnachie just managed to hold on to.

Geruzel showed the Vale’s defenders why they should mark him at all times as his free header was parried away to safety. In the 79th minute Craig Simpson was given his marching orders after being given a second yellow card which the Vale faithful reacted angrily to, as boos rang through the ears of referee David Watt.

Two minutes later Davie Allan sprinted into the box with keeper McConnachie adjudged to have brought the player down. With the referee awarding a contentious penalty spot, Macadie stepped up to smashed it into the corner of the net to open the scoring despite the keeper’s attempt to block the spot kick.

The last chance of the match fell to Leslie who sent his set-piece just wide. The Scorries continued their magical unbeaten run and set up a cracker against fellow high flyers Turriff United on Saturday.

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