The big freeze has meant postponements for a lot of teams but Fraserburgh attacker Peter Alexander Bruce insists there can be no inactivity excuses from either side when Wick Academy come out of their winter hibernation to face the Broch in the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup at Bellslea today.
Wick have not played since the sides drew 2-2 at Bellslea in the league on December 13, but Bruce, 24, insists the Scorries’ inactivity will not be a factor.
He said: “We got a point the last time we played them thanks to a late penalty from Marc Dickson and I know that is the last time they played a game. We have missed quite a few games ourselves due to the wintry weather and last weekend’s home game against Clach was called off a few minutes before kick-off due to high winds.
“We are all desperate to get a game and, of course, the race between Willie West and Scott Barbour to see who will be first to score their 100th goal for the club is on. Both are on 99 strikes.”
Wick manager Gordon Connelly does not have his problems to seek.
He said: “Unfortunately, both midfielder Sam Mackay and full back Grant Campbell are both suspended, while Stevie Cunningham is on holiday and young Jack Halliday is injured.
“But goalkeeper Sean McCarthy, who picked up a red card in the league game at Bellslea in December, is available as this is a cup tie.
“We are going back to Bellslea exactly seven weeks after our last competitive game. It was a 2-2 draw. We matched them that day but, without four top players this time around, it might be a bit of a struggle for us.
“But we will be going to give it a go. We know what to expect from the Broch. They will be looking to come at us.”