Saturday 18 February
Whitburn Juniors 0-4(0-1 HT) Haddington United
Whitburn: Horne, Hamilton, Bain(McQueenie 65), Skinner, Donald, Patrick, Thompson(Taylor 65),, Russell, Brass, Mcateer, Martin, Subs: Gardner, Trialist
Haddington: S Inglis, Cairney, Ponton, Fairnie, Bauld, C Inglis, Berry(Jones 60), Hill, Sinclair(Robertson 75), Devlin, Moffat(Cunningham 83), Subs: Johnston, Bleakley
Another must win game today, this time against a team who have been struggling a little this season and who Whitburn would be targetting in their bid to evade relegation. And it all started well for the home side as, within 6 minutes they had the first chance when Gary Brass beat his man and fired in a shot which keeper Sinclair Inglis managed to get something behind and the ball went just wide. After this Haddington came more into the game and got their passing going better than the home side but didn't create too much. Their first goal was something of a fluke as Scott Moffat attempted to get on the end of a long ball but was beaten to it by Dougie Horne whose clearance bounced off the attacker and the ball ended up in the net. Almost immediately Whitburn retaliated and a good Jordan Bain cross was headed back by James Mcateer to James Martin but Inglis managed to smother his shot.
The early part of the second half produced two fine saves by Horne from decent shots by Robert Berry as the visitors turned up the pace. Disaster follwed 10 minutes in when the referee adjudged that Martin had dived in with 2 feet when overstretching for a shy that was taken too quickly. Just after Brass should have done much better from the edge of the box having been set up by Mcateer but he didn't get enough on his shot and the keeper made a comfortable save. Liottle happened until the 77th minute when again Whitburn had a good chance for an equaliser when Martin Russell got wide and was found by Brass but his shot came off the post though, doubtless Inglis will claim the save as he was pretty close to it. After this the roof fell in for Whitburn as they conceded three goals from crosses, one on the right and two on the left. Chris Robertson dispatched the first with 8 minutes to go and then Andrew Jones added a brace 4 and then 2 minutes later to fully seal an emphatic win that keeps Whitburn second bottom
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