Gaskin brace against high-flyers Bridges fires Wick to eighth consecutive win

GEORGE Gaskin fired Wick FC to an unthinkable eighth consecutive win on Tuesday evening with both goals in their 2-0 win at County League Division 1 high-flyers Three Bridges.

Gaskin, who re-signed from Pagham in October, has fired 11 goals in eight games since rejoining the club, having made his return debut in the first game of the winning run.

He has helped them to 11th in the table and a run of eight wins in all competitions, which would have been inconceivable by the Wick faithful after a poor start to the season when they won just one of their first 17 games.

But times have changed, which was signified on Tuesday with the victory over second-placed Bridges, who would have gone top with a win, although Wick were made to work hard – weathering a second-half storm from the home side.

Wick manager Gary Block could not fault his side and said: “It was terrific, we were under the cosh in the second half and couldn’t get out of their half for about 25 minutes, but we stood strong, got a bit of luck, as well as the goalie pulling off some great saves.

“It was a whole team performance and every single one of them worked their socks off. The whole camaraderie was great, everything, I just can’t fault it.”

Gaskin opened the scoring within five minutes when Rob Wimble played him in, and he rounded the keeper to slot home.

Keeper Maciek Kason deserved much of the plaudits for Wick having pulled off a couple of saves before the break, a feat which continued into the second half, while Julian Boniface also hooked an effort clear.

Having soaked up the pressure, Gaskin sealed the points late on. He capitalised on a mix-up between the Bridges keeper and a defender to expertly lob home on 89 minutes.

On whether Gaskin has been the side’s luck omen, Block quipped: “We’ve put it down to our physio, Katy Caulfield, who joined the same day, really. But all the lads who came in have been tremendous. All of them were deemed not good enough for starting 11s elsewhere, I have known all along they were and they are now proving their points to a few people.”

WICK: Kason; Urghart, Bradshaw, Boniface, French; Wriggley, Hunter, Baggura, Brown; Wimble, Gaskin. Subs: Towers (Hunter 70), Turney (Brown 85).