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Sam Mackay's double saw Wick edge out Strathspey at Seafield Park.

The home team made a couple of changes from last week's defeat to Inverurie. Peter Tait took over in goal and Adam MacLeod started in place of John Treasurer.

Wick also changed their side, with Gary Weir dropping on to the bench and James Pickles making the starting line-up.

Strathspey started very well and should have taken the lead when James Mackay was set-up brilliantly as Martin Groat cut the ball back, but the wide man shot past from five yards out.

Five minutes later Richard Macadie waltzed through the Jags defence, but his shot was cleared off the line.

With 15 minutes gone Strathspey took a deserved lead. Mackay made it with a great run down the left wing and his cut-back was superbly put away by Josh Peters.

Wick got back into the game when the Jags gave away possession in the middle of the park. The ball was moved quickly to Sam Mackay who cut in from the right wing and he sent a low left-footed effort into the corner of the net.

With half-time approaching Strathspey had three attempts at goal. Mackay had a shot deflected for a corner, Jordan Wardrope saw a lob just go over the bar, then Mackay had another effort turned round the post by keeper Sean McCarthy.

Thistle made a change at half-time when MacLeod came off due to an injury and Josh Race came on.

Wick improved at the start of the second half and Mackay had a tremendous 30-yard shot that rattled off an upright.

He would not be denied a goal though and 10 minutes later the midfielder struck a 20-yard free-kick into the bottom corner. The Jags wall decided to jump after anticipating a higher shot and that allowed Mackay to cleverly send his effort along the ground.

Strathspey huffed and puffed, and just couldn't get an equaliser but they certainly gave Wick a good game.

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