A second half strike from Ross Archibald earned Lossie their first win against Wick Academy since January 2005. The Harmsworth side spurned chance after chance and were made to pay when Archibald pounced to score from inside the six yard box with twenty minutes left.
Lossie were without the suspended Steven Sim and the injured Tony Ross and JJ Urquhart, but Bryan Bell recovered from a knock picked up in midweek to start the game. Wick opened their league season with 3-3 draw at home to Clach but arrived at Grant Park without the influential David Allan.
The opening stages belonged to Lossie, and Martin McMullan sent a looping shot towards goal which eventually sailed just wide of the post and was closer to hitting the target than Wick keeper James More expected. Soon after, Ross Archibald, a thorn in the side of Wick all afternoon, sent a cross to the back post for Kevin Grant but his shot ended up in the hands of More.
Wick started to impose themselves on the game and could have been ahead on the half hour. Sam Mackay found himself clean through on goal and with all the time he needed to score, but found McConnachie in his path to block his tame shot. Mackay then turned provider, setting up Gary Weir for a similar opportunity, but the usually sharp Weir stumbled over the ball and saw his weak shot saved by McConnachie.
Lossie were noticeably edgy but in front of goal Craig Morrison was causing problems. A curling corner from the striker was headed off the line, and soon after Morrison sprung the offside trap to race onto a long ball from Flett, but his attempt to chip the keeper soared into the sky and came down into the keepers hands.
Wick went close to opening the scoring as the half drew to a close as Richard Macadie attempted an overhead kick from inside the area, only to send the ball a few yards over the bar.
Half time – Lossiemouth 0 Wick Academy 0
Lossie replaced Grant Milne with Garry Macdonald and the hosts were immediately stronger in the middle of the park. Out wide, Milton crossed to the back post and Kevin Grant drew another save from More. The second half brought about the appearance of Jamie Bagley and his first contribution was send in another cross for Morrison which was headed over.
Wick still looked the more likely of the sides to score, and a perfectly timed challenge by Kevin Stuart on Macadie prevented the Wicker from getting a shot away. Weir continued to labour against Lossies stubborn defence, slicing a volley from a corner well over the bar. Steven Cunningham was next to try his luck against McConnachie and joined the list of players to be foiled as the keeper again kept the game scoreless.
Wicks wastefulness in front of goal eventually came back to haunt them when Lossie took the lead. The hardworking Colin Charlesworth rifled a low shot at More from outside the area which the keeper couldn’t hold onto, and Ross ARCHIBALD reacted fastest to send the loose ball into the net.
One could have been two when a long ball over the top caught the Wick defence too high up the pitch and Kevin Grant raced onto it, only to waste the opportunity by rushing his shot and sending the ball out of the ground.
Wick continued their search for a goal but were once again denied by McConnachie, who palmed a Macadie shot over the bar. The one time the Lossie keeper found himself beaten was when a Cunningham header sailed across the face of goal and just wide of the post.
That proved to be the last action of the game and Lossie can look forward to consecutive games against North opposition as they look to climb the table.
Full time – Lossiemouth 1 Wick Academy 0
Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie; Colin Charlesworth, Sam Milton, Kevin Stuart, Bryan Bell (Jamie Bagley), Kevin Flett, Grant Milne (Gary Macdonald), Martin McMullan, Ross Archibald (Liam Archibald), Craig Morrison, Kevin Grant
Wick Academy – James More; Alan Farquhar (Brian McKiddie), Gary Manson, Stewart Ross, Grant Steven, Craig Shearer, Martin Gunn, Sam Mackay, Gary Weir, Richard Macadie, Steven Cunningham