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Whitehill Welfare 4 Cumbernauld Colts 0

Football returned to Rosewell for the first time in 8 weeks and this was a performance well worth waiting for as Gary Small’s side swept the Colts away with a dominant performance. Two weeks since a 2-0 win away to Civil Service Strollers had made it consecutive Lowland League wins for Whitehill, manager Gary Small made 3 changes to his starting line up. There were starts for Fabio Neto and Jack Wright with Kyle Mitchell and Robbie Carter dropping to the bench, while Robbie Dowie came in at right back in place of Craig Reid who moved into the middle of defence alongside captain Ryan McKenzie, replacing Kerr Dodds.

Whitehill had never beaten Cumbernauld Colts at home, having lost their two previous meetings, however they started well against a side 4 places above them in 6th place. With 12 minutes on the clock Jack Wright played a lovely one-two with Robbie Dowie down the right, drove into the box and slotted home to make it 1-0.

5 minutes later Wright was again involved as Whitehill doubled their advantage. He showed good skill to evade a defender and via Connor McGregor the ball was worked out to Gary Nicholson on the left. Nicholson turned the right back inside out before calmly scoring into the far corner.

Heading towards half time Josh Morris had a great chance to make it 3-0, winning the ball of a Colts defender to run clear on goal, but he pulled his effort wide of the target. At the other end Connar Easton had to react sharply to parry away a free header after a pin point cross to the far post.

Just 4 minutes after the restart any hopes of a Cumbernauld comeback were killed off. Nicholson found Jack Wright who held off a defender in the box and crossed for Josh Morris who nipped just in front of Harry Purves to score his first goal for the club.

With only a few minutes remaining substitute Robbie Carter dispossessed Greg Pascazio and ran through on goal before slotting underneath the on-coming Purves to complete the scoring. This win made it 6 in the last 7 for Whitehill who climb into the top half of the Lowland League table.    

Teams:

Whitehill Welfare

Connar Easton, Craig Reid, Ryan McKenzie, Scott Lucas, Jack Wright, James McPartlin, Josh Morris (Darren McCraw 78), Gary Nicholson (Robbie Carter 73), Connor McGregor, Fabio Neto (Kyle Mitchell 76), Robbie Dowie

Subs not used: Stephane Murray, Ciaran McKenzie, Dylan Weldon, Ross Jardine

Cumbernauld Colts

Harry Purves, Richard Kirwan, Lewis Wilson, Stephen Kerr (Anthony Eadie 54), Greg Pascazio, Jordan Marshall, Stephen O’Neill (Craig Holmes 31), Gavin Lachlan, Sean Brown, Craig Murray (Conor McKenzie 66), Michael Wallace

Subs not used: Jeff Fergus, Andy Hunter, Jordan Pirrie, Fraser Sheridan

Referee: Iain Sneddon

Assistants: Ralph Gordon & Danny MacKinnon

Crowd: 80