Wick smash points record to keep up chase

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WICK Academy’s tireless pursuit of title glory hit a new landmark yesterday as they smashed their Highland League points record.

A stirring 2-1 triumph over fierce championship rivals and league leaders Cove Rangers catapulted the Caithness side back to within a point of the top.

Wick broke the 60-point barrier for the first time in their history as they climbed back into second.

Gary Weir fired Wick ahead after 18 minutes but the lead was wiped out two minutes before the break when Blair Yule hit back for Cove. But Richard MacAdie popped up with a priceless winner after 76 minutes.

There were three other league clashes, with Scott Barbour’s 29th minute strike securing Fraserburgh a slender victory away to strugglers Strathspey Thistle.

Turriff saw off bottom side Fort William 3-0 at home after the Lochaber side’s keeper Kyle Robertson was red-carded after only 35 minutes.

Huntly also cruised to a 4-0 win at Lossiemouth, helped by a David Booth double.

There was drama galore in the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup quarter-finals. Nairn County secured a 2-1 derby triumph over neighbours Clach. Nairn will face Keith in the last four after the Maroons won through on penalty kicks against hosts Buckie Thistle after a 3-3 draw.

Shaun Wood fluffed Buckie’s seventh kick and Jonathan Cook scored for Keith to put them through 4-3 on penalties.

Inverurie Locos breezed into the semis with an impressive 4-1 thrashing of visiting Deveronvale, while Brora Rangers knocked out Formartine with a 4-2 win in Sutherland.