Whitburn hopes still alive after fighting win against Armadale
Whitburn's hopes of avoiding relegation were given a boost tonight with a 2-1 defeat of near neighbours Armadale, a result that relegates them. On balance of play Whitburn deserved the three points though they were made to sweat for the final 10 minutes (including 5 of injury time) as the Dale piled on the pressure to try and salvage a draw, though achieving very little apart from a shot by ex Burnie Lee Brown which hit the post. The game had started poorly for the home side as Liam Kane put them one up in the 10th minute though in the build up Gary Brass seemed to get his heels clipped as he drove goalwards and it was this refusal to award what looked like a blatant trip that allowed the break. Dewi Taylor, however, equalised with a shot from the edge of the box 6 minutes later. Chrissie Patrick tried his luck from 25 yards out midway through the half with a looping effort that came off the underside of the bar and which the keeper seemed to reach behind him to retrieve but the referee, some distance away waved play on. During the remainder of the half Whitburn had a number of chances - mostly straight at the keeper - whilst Armadale rarely forced Dougie Horne into action. 7 minutes into the second half Martin Russell scored with a shot from 6 yards when the ball fell to him from a corner to ease home nerves. Whitburn remained the team most likely to score till the final minutes as described above but the closest they came was a shot of their own that hit the post from Russell. In the end the final whistle came as a relief and gave Whitburn only their fourth win of the season. More importantly it drew them back to 5 points behind St Andrews with four games in hand.
Whitburn Junior FC AGM
This will take place on Wednesday 10 May in the Social Club with a 7pm start. All associated with the club are welcome to attend.
Whitburn lose to Tranent
Everybody in the ground today left scratching their heads as to why Whitburn lost this game 2-1 as they outplayed Tranent for most of the game and had numerous chances to score more goals. That they didn't was down in part to Tranent's sub keeper Liam Robertson who made at least two superb saves in the first half to deny both Chris Patrick and Gary Brass so the teams went in level at the break. Minutes into the second half Stephen Manson gave Tranent the lead when his sclaffed shot took a wicked deflection and looped beyond Dougie Horne's reach and into the net. The same player was sent off on the hour when he clashed with Dewi Taylor and from then on it was almost total Whitburn domination, apart from one break with 15 minutes to go when Kayne Paterson managed to get the ball off Willie Gardner as he tried to shield it out and crossed to Ben Millar who scored from close in. This happened after Whitburn had had two gilt edged chances from Brass and James Martin - the latter saw Martin round the keeper and put the ball in from a tight angle when Brass was free and waiting for the cut back and in the end the defender on the line had an easy clearance. Martin made amends with 10 minutes to go from a similar position on the left side of the box and netted to give his side hope (pic below by Ann Haddow). Whitburn spent the remainder of the game camped in Tranent's half but could never get the killer touch/header to claim at least a point despite several good chances. With St Andrews idle today this result wipes out one of our games in hand and means that we are 8 points shy of them with 5 games in hand - still doable. Match report.
Use of Whitburn Junior's facitlites
Community organisations/teams wishing to access Central Park or hire the Social Club facilities should in the first instance contact Ann Haddow on 07917753017 or Alex Welsh on 01501 740557.
Whitburn fund raising
There will be a cabaret event in Whitburn Junior Social Club on Friday 28th April from 7:30 till midnight featuring singer Ross Mitchell. Ross will be playing two sets and is well known for his tribute act to Ed Sheeren.
Tickets are available at a cost of £5.
Saturday 22 April, kick off 2:30
Whitburn 1-2 Tranent
Wednesday 26 April, kick off 6:45
Whitburn 2-1 Armadale
Scorers: Taylor, Russell
Saturday 29 April, kick off 2:30
Haddington v Whitburn
numbers for the Whitburn Lottery drawn on 22 April were :
1 3 14 17
There were no
winners of the £150 prize.
Next week : £200.
Supporters Club News
The bus departs from the social club at 1:15pm for next Saturday's game against Haddington.
The Supporters' Club are looking for four mannequins for an upcoming event to display strips. If any one can help, please get in contact.
We also have confirmation of funding from the Land Trust which will allow us to proceed with planning to
erect our seated, covered enclosure and install solar panels on the Changing room roof.
We are offering a "seat for life" for anyone who is interested. This will cost £50 and guarantee shelter at the Social club side
of the park.
Money raised from the sale of seats will go towards getting the base ready for the prefabricated structure to be
brought in at the end of the season.
The supporters club website can be found here .
Whitburn Squad 2016/7
Here is a picture of some of the squad for this season. Photo by
row: T Hendrie, J Martin, G Skinner, A Porteous, D Horne, C McQueenie,
M Hubbocks, J Hamilton, R Hogarth, W Gardner, A Gunn, A Gilmour
row: J-J Henderson, M Russell, D Taylor, G Brass, D Wilson, M Adams, C Robertson
Whitburn's main sponsors
main sponsors who are Karma Indian Cuisine, West Main
Street - thanks are due to Dep, Robert and Jaggy, please support our
local excellent curry house!
Junior FC are grateful to the following sponsors
for season 2015/2016
||Browning Funeral Sevices
|The Cross Tavern
||Fiona Hyslop MSP
Oil States Industries
Premier Shop N
TC Joiners & Buiders
Tyres, Rims and Trims
West End Fryer
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