Whitehill find it tough going

Whitehill Welfare v Spartans. Photo: John Blair
Whitehill Welfare v Spartans. Photo: John Blair

Whitehill Welfare hosted Spartans in their opening game game of the Lowland League Cup Group stages.

A heavy Ferguson Park passed a morning pitch inspection and both sides battled hard on a pitch which cut up.

Wayne McIntosh was the first to have a sight of goal capitalising on a defensive lapse and his low shot was well saved by Blair Carswell. Spartans immediately broke and Jack Beesley saw a fine curling effort deflected just wide of the far post.

Beesley was proving a threat and he jumped well at the back post and only some sharp reactions from Brian Young kept his effort out.

Whitehill looked to have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when McIntosh headed in a McGlashan free kick but the linesman ruled it out for offside.

With the wind at their backs Welfare went in search of the opener and Kerr Dodds came closest with only a full stretch Carswell keeping out his right foot shot.

The home side couldn’t make their pressure tell though and on 70 minutes it was Spartans who took the lead when Errol Douglas flicked on a Jack Nixon throw in and Wullie Bremner nodded in at the back post.

With the light fading Wayne Sproule and Danny Noon were introduced but the home defence held firm to take the three points. Final score - Whitehill 0, Spartans 1.

Whitehill Welfare: Young, Hall, W Kidd, O’Donnell, McKenzie, Manson, McGlashan, Dodds, Martin, McIntosh, Somerville. Subs: Kerr, Sproule, Noon, A Kidd

Spartans: Carswell, Brown, Cennerazzo, Thomson, Beesley, Nixon, Grant, Motion, Douglas, Bremner, Stevenson. Subs: Imlah, Dishington, Hunter