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Saturday 12 August

Whitburn Juniors 2-0(1-0 HT) Glenrothes

Whitburn: Penman, Milton, Wilson(McQueenie 74), G Hamilton, Greig, J Hamilton, Patrick, Russell, Brass, Thomson(Martin 68), Taylor, Subs: Runciman, Tomaszewski, Chisholm
Glenrothes: Small, Trialist(Simpson 65), Wallace, Trialist, Moffat, Anderson, Trialist, McDonald, Trialist, Craigie(King 52), Williams(Sneddon 58), Subs: Pearson

After a weakened side went down badly at Fauldhouse in midweek it was vital that Whitburn rebounded with a win and win they did. The first half hour was a little uneventful as both teams had difficulty with the pitch and numerous slips were evident throughout the game. The fact that the game went ahead is thanks to the hard work of some of the Whitburn committee who worked tirelessly to make the pitch fit to play on after the recent drainage work. Only 2 notable events happened in that opening third and both could have resulted in a goal and at either end. First Andy Thomson headed wide after a great turn and cross by Dewi Taylor and then James Penman unaccountably passed the ball striaght to Kyle Williams who got the ball to a trialist whose shot was cleared off the line by John Paul Greig. The deadlock was broken in the 31st minute when Taylor drove into the box and was brought down - a clear penalty which Martin Russell fired past the keeper. 3 minutes later great work down the left involving several players ended in a Thomson shot that went just wide. A further 3 minutes in a Glenrothes trialist chased a deep cross, beat his man as he drove along the line and fired in a shot that Penman saved at the foot of the post. Thomson had another shot with 6 minutes to go after he brilliantly controlled a long pass and then put in a curling shot that missed the post by inches. The final action of the half saw Aidan Anderson fire in a powerful shot which would have beaten Penman had it been on target but it flew wide.

As in the previous two league games Whitburn came out with more purpose in the second half. Within 4 minutes Gary Brass had a shot go just wide then 8 minutes later Russell also went wide, this time from a header after a deep free kick. Just a minute later Whitburn were two up after a period of pressure that started with a corner and ended in a Thomson shot being blocked out by the keeper to Taylor and he slammed the ball home from 5 yards out. On the hour Russell went in for what looked like a hard but fair tackle which left his opponent prone on the ground and the referee had no hesitation in showing him the red card. We had a poor view of the challenge but the Glens man was treated for around 2 minutes and eventually had to go off so we can only assume the tackle was two footed or was completed with studs showing. Whitburn escaped in the 63rd minute when Penman missed his punch and the ball fell to one of two players totally free at the back post but instead of simply firing the ball into the unguarded net he attempted a cross/shot to the front post where it was cleared. Almost amazingly this would be the last real shot Glenrothes would have on the home goal as the ten men went on to dominate. Just a minute after this Jack Small, the Glens keeper, slipped which allowed Taylor in but he was too wide to cause any issues. With 12 minutes to go Chrissy Patrick tried a 25 yard free kick which would have found the top corner but Small got to it to make the save. Graeme Martin, on as a sub, just inside the Glenrothes half spotted Small off his line but his shot lacked accuracy and went wide. With a minute to go Taylor and Brass combined again and the latter shot but his effort was well saved. Drama came in the 3rd minute of added time when Gavin Moffat was sent off on a second yellow presumably for a comment made to the referee who had a good game.

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