Whitehill secure home win over old rivals

Whitehill v Spartans
Whitehill v Spartans

A brilliant strike from Ciaren Chalmers 17 minutes from time secured a hard fought win for Whitehill over Spartans last Saturday afternoon.

The visitors were quick to settle and forced a couple of early corners which tested the Welfare defence.

On 14 minutes Scott Maxwell found himself in space on the edge of the Whitehill box and his shot was pushed round the post by Bryan Young. Shortly after Maxwell again tested the keeper this time from a free kick wide on the right which Bryan Young did well to reach low down and divert to safety. Having withstood early pressure the home side came into it and on 28 minutes Scott Gormley scampered after a long through ball and his cross narrowly evaded the outstretched Andy Martin in front of goal. Moments later Gormley was again involved down the left but his shot on target lacked power and Blair Carswell gathered.

Five minutes before half time there was real drama. The home defence played themselves into trouble and as the ball found its way to Jamie Dishington in the box John Hall took a fresh air kick which caught the forward who managed to stay on his feet and score past Young. To surprise of everyone in the ground the referee awarded a Whitehill free kick and play raged on. Before half time there was time for a further chance at each end with Maxwell shooting wide for Spartans and Martin doing the same at the other end.

Steven Manson replaced Charlie Denton at half time and on 50 minutes Spartans fashioned a great chance when Craig Stevenson overlapped down the left and his cross found Dishington who headed straight at Young from point blank range. New signing from Gala Jack Hay came on for Spartans replacing Craig Comrie.

Around the hour mark the home side had their two best chances of the game with two identical balls from the right both struck wide of the right upright by Kevin Keane and Martin. On 70 minutes Steven Hislop made a double substitution which was to prove crucial with Ciaren Chalmers and John-Ross Kerr replacing Connor McGregor and Andy Martin and for Spartans Jack Beesley came on for Dan Ward. Three minutes later came the decisive moment. With virtually his first touches Chalmers progressed down the right and from a tight angle produced a stunning dipping shot which found the far top corner giving Cardwell no chance.

Spartans looked for an immediate reply and a trademark Jack Beesley free kick looked bound for the top corner but some great handling from the excellent Young kept it out. Spartans manager Dougie Samuel replaced defender Blair Tomlie with forward Dean Horribine with 10 minutes to go. Deep into stoppage time the visitors had one last chance but the keeper gathered from close range and the three points belonged to Whitehill.