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Saturday 23 September

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

Whitburn: Penman, Runciman(Chisholm 20), McQueenie(Wilson 77), G Hamilton, Graham, Patrick, Milton, Russell(Trialist 89), Brass, Thomson, Taylor, Subs: J Hamilton, Allan
Tranent: Horne, Christie, Wojtowycz, Todd, Smeaton, Smith(Trialist 54), Fiddler, Fairnie, Fisher(Trialist 73(, Paterson(Dawson 56), Hawkins, Subs: Gay, Pucko

Missed the first quarter of the game so didn’t witness the Tranent goal nor the Gary Brass penalty miss that Dougie Horne in the Tranent goal saved. Thereafter I have to say Tranent looked like the better team but could only carve out two chances in the part of the half that I saw (two more than Whitburn created mind you). The first saw Lewis Hawkins force a save from James Penman (restored to the Whitburn goal today) and then a deflected cross from Kayne Paterson forced another decent stop.

By the 11th minute of the second half Tranent had 4 gilt edged chances to double their lead, mostly due to lax defending from the home side. Paterson hit the post, Kenneth Fisher saw a great cross missed by his colleagues, Paterson blasted over when put in by a ball over the top and the Alexander Christie did the same after a slip let him in. Whitburn’s luck would only hold out for another minute though as the sub Cameron Dawson eased a left wing cross into the net from a suspiciously offside position. On the hour Brass made amends for the penalty miss when he headed home a Chrissie Patrick free kick. 5 minutes later there was pinball in the Tranent box which ended with a Darryl Chisholm shot which just missed the top corner with Horne well beaten. Not long after Dawson got in following another defensive slip but Penman made a good save. With 15 minutes a man got free wide on the right and his cross was met by Dawson’s head and his looping header hit the post and was recovered by Penman. We all wondered how the wide man should be so free and we looked down the pitch to see Connor McQueenie prone on the ground following a tough challenge just after a Whitburn throw in. On the full time whistle Andy Thomson went on a good run and passed to the newly introduced trialist sub but his hot lacked power and was gratefully grabbed by Horne.

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