Wick insist they’ll be well prepared for Berwick tie

WICK Academy believe they can cause an upset against Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup, even though they face a 310-mile journey from Caithness to Northumberland.

The Highland League side are used to long trips in their own league as well as the Scottish Cup, and after beating Spartans on their own patch in Edinburgh the team managed by former Rangers and Hearts midfielder Davie Kirkwood are looking forward to facing Berwick at Shielfield.

Secretary Alan Farquhar insists being landed with a 14-hour, 620-mile round-trip to the north of England is what makes the Scottish Cup special.

“We’re under no illusions - Berwick will be tough. But we can give them a run for their money,” says Farquhar.

He added: “This is going to be another mega-trip. We seem to get all the long treks.

“The talk after Saturday’s win over Spartans was that we had put ourselves in with a chance of playing Rangers like everyone else.

“Big Rab Mulherron, our coach, was adamant before the game we would beat Spartans and then go to Ibrox.

“Unfortunately, his mystic powers picked up on the wrong Rangers.”

Wick, only admitted to the Highland League during their centenary year of 1994, are well used to long trips even duty.

“We average between five and six hours on the bus to an away game, so the journey itself doesn’t really affect us in the cup,” added Farquhar. “But what we do try to ensure is that the players are properly prepared for the cup games.

“We wouldn’t want them stepping out on the national stage at a big disadvantage.

“We couldn’t afford to do it every two weeks for Highland League matches, but we want to give them every opportunity in the Scottish Cup.

“If we choose to do that, then it’s up to us.”

“We want to give them every opportunity against teams they have never played before and may never play again.

“Down at Berwick, we’ll be well-prepared and properly rested up on the day of the match.”