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Saturday 22 April

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

Whitburn: Horne, Milton(Gardner 70), McQueenie, G Hamilton, Graham, J Hamilton, Taylor, Patrick, Brass, Skinner, Martin, Subs: Allan
Tranent: Robertson, Christie(J Paterson 45), Waters, Smeaton(Tocki 61), Kerr, Hawkins, Miller, McNaughton, Fisher, K Paterson(Wojtowycz 78), Manson, Subs: Smith, Jackson

Whitburn had four players missing for various reasons for this very important game in which they could have gained points on St Andrews who were idle today. They were also determined to do the double on Tranent having beaten then 3-1 earlier in the season. They started well and the first real chance came in the 10th minute when Dewi Taylor dribbled himself into a good position on the left side of the box but his shot screwed wide of the post. James Martin was fouled on the edge of the box 4 minutes later and Ricky Patrick’s shot was well pushed round the post by visiting keeper Liam Robertson. Having caught the resulting corner the keeper launched a high kick which Scott McNaughton, who looked yards offside, chased and forced a good save from Dougie Horne. Midway through the half Jack Hamilton fired in a low free kick which just evaded Martin. Tranent had the ball in the net in the 37th minute when Kenneth Fisher converted at the back post after a good move but the referee correctly ruled it out for off side. Taylor then knocked the ball back to Gary Brass whose shot was too close to the keeper and he made a good save. With 4 minutes till the break Taylor put in a great cross which again Martin couldn’t quite reach. Just after Brass fired in a beauty from 20 yards which looked headed for the bottom corner but Robertson dived full length to push it round the post.

Having been dominated in the first half Tranent opened the scoring when Stephen Manson was put in on the left and his rather sclaffed shot took a deflection off a home defender and looped in out of Horne’s reach. A little later a shot from a corner was blocked to Taylor whose shot went just over. With 55 minutes gone following a free kick Brass was set free on the left but his centre was just short of Martin and the ball was cleared. On the hour Manson was red carded when he clashed with Taylor who had fouled him – presumably for retaliation. Midway through the half after great build up play Brass had a shot which was again saved by the keeper. 5 minutes later Martin intercepted a back pass and took the ball round the keeper before attempting to centre the ball but his effort was weak and easily cleared – had he looked up he might have spotted Brass totally free in the middle of the box who would have had a tap in. Whitburn were to pay for this in the 75th minute when Willie Gardner tried to shepherd the ball out but was dispossessed by Kayne Paterson who squared to Ben Millar who couldn’t miss from 5 yards out. Hope was given to the home side 5 minutes later when Martin chased a wide ball and made no mistake this time sliding his shot just beyond Robertson. Whitburn then laid siege to the visiting goal but, despite a number of decent efforts the Tranent defence managed to hold out.



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