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The Press and Journal (North-East) - - THESCORE -

Three goals in 18 sec­ond­half min­utes saw Wick come from be­hind to beat Clach 3-1 at Grant Street, mov­ing the Caith­ness men into ninth place in the Highland League ta­ble.

Academy mid­field mae­stro Sam Mackay was de­lighted to play his part in the win, even if it was in an un­fa­mil­iar de­fen­sive role.

He said: “That was my first ever time play­ing right-back and I en­joyed it.

“In the first half I thought we were poor. We had a strong wind at our backs but never used it well enough.

“Clach didn’t cre­ate too much but it was a good fin­ish from their striker.

“We were much bet­ter in the sec­ond half. We man­aged to get the ball down and play and lim­ited Clach to ef­forts from dis­tance. I thought we ran out com­fort­able win­ners in the end.

“It was also good to get some min­utes in. I haven’t played much foot­ball the last four months due to work.”

Keiran Chalmers put the home side ahead with a neat fin­ish in the 10th minute.

Ten min­utes later Sam Mackay played in Jack Hal­l­i­day, but he could only shoot straight at Ryan Ma­cleod.

Craig Gunn fired a free-kick just over from 20 yards be­fore half time as the vis­i­tors pressed.

The lev­eller ar­rived in the 57th minute when Michael Steven bun­dled the ball home from a cor­ner af­ter Hal­l­i­day’s ini­tial shot was de­flected wide by the home de­fence.

Hal­l­i­day got the goal his ex­cel­lent per­for­mance de­served to put Wick in front eight min­utes later.

Sean McCarthy pre­served Wick’s lead with a fine save from a blis­ter­ing Martin Mac­don­ald 20-yarder.

Gor­don MacNab wrapped up the win by fir­ing home Wick’s third goal in the 75th minute, just two min­utes af­ter com­ing off the bench.

Clach boss Brian Ma­cleod said: “I’m very dis­ap­pointed to lose the game hav­ing been 1-0 up at half time and look­ing com­fort­able.

“We didn’t man­age the game well enough in the sec­ond half and gave away some cheap goals which al­lowed Wick to take con­trol of the game.

“If you give Wick space and time in and around the box then they will pun­ish you, and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened.”

“That was my first ever time play­ing right-back”

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