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Saturday 12 December

Bo'ness 3-1(1-1) Whitburn Juniors

Bo'ness: Carrid, McKeown, Woodburn, W Paterson, Boyle, Mackay, Snedden, Zata(McCafferty 46), McIntyre(Daramota 53), D Paterson, Forrester(Sinclair 46), Subs: Dryden, Taylor
Whitburn: Potts, Milton, Duncan, Maguire, G Hamilton, Cummings, Martin(Taylor 65), Russell, Liddell(Evans 81), Thomson, Mitchell(Young 89), Subs: Woodhouse, N Hamilton

This was Whitburn's first visit to Newton Park in a number of years and the hard to win on ground kept it's record as they were defeated 3-1 by the home side. The early goings were pretty even though Whitburn seemed to be passing the ball about better on the artificial surface. With 12 minutes gone speedy winger Kieran Mitchell was too fast for the Bo'ness sweeper Blair Woodburn who brought him down as he was about to pass him and the referee pointed to the spot immediately. The normally reliable Reece Duncan stepped up to the spot but somehow the home keeper Fraser Carrid, appearing to go the wrong way, stuck out a leg to keep the ball out. On the quarter hour Andy Thomson and Darren Liddell combined to win a corner which the former took and the latter headed narrowly over. A minute further on, with the pacy Whitburn players running riot, Liddell was in on goal but hit his shot over. On a rare excursion up the park led by Grant Forrester, Dylan Paterson collected his cross into the middle but a great Martin Maguire tackle stopped the move dead. Midway through the half a clever Mitchell pass put in Thomson but he dragged his shot wide. On the half hour Thomson was the recipient of a good Martin Russell through ball but this time the keeper made a decent save to deny him. Almost inevitably just after this Bo'ness took the lead when a long ball fell to D Paterson and, despite Daniel Potts getting a fair bit on the ball, it flew into the net. With 9 minutes to go, following a corner, the ball landed at Dec Cummings' feet who controlled the ball and hit a screamer from 30 yards but it clipped the outside of the post. With 2 minutes to go Whitburn got the equaliser in the oddest fashion - a pass back to Carrid was charged down by Thomson and the ball looped over the keeper's head and was gathered by Thomson, controlling the spinning ball well before tapping into the empty net.

The half had barely started when Whitburn failed to clear the ball and allowed D Paterson a shot at goal which went wide. Bo'ness at this point made a double substitution with another just minutes later - 14,15 and 16 coming on and they immediately seemed to cary more threat. Despite this it was Whitburn who had the next chance in the 52nd minute when Thomson gathered the ball 30 yards out and tried a speculative shot but it was well saved. 4 minutes on Robbie McCafferty fired in a deep cross which former Burnie player Reece Boyle headed wildly over. McCafferty would turn hero with 63 minutes gone when a long ball put him in and he hit an angular shot across Potts' goal which found the net. Ten minutes later Bo'ness won a free kick 25 yards out on the right and, with everyone expecting a swinging cross, D Paterson went for goal and his effort came back off the post. Whitburn were handed a lifeline in the 79th minute when Dewi Taylor, on as a sub, drove in on goal and was bundled to the ground in the box and the referee gave a second penalty. Duncan again took responsibility and this time opted for a high shot but, sadly for his team, he hit it too high and it came off the underside of the bar and was cleared. With 9 minutes to go Whitburn put on Taylor Evans for Liddell but he only lasted 3 minutes as he saw the red card for what seemed a rash looking challenge but one only worthy of a yellow at most. Near the end Bo'ness streamed forwards and Potts made a good save from a shot by D Paterson but was beaten by one from Scott Sinclair (though again he got some of the ball but couldn't keep it out). So, in the end, Whitburn left Newton Park with what seems like a crushing defeat but which could have earned them 3 points with a little more luck.

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