Whitehill WELFARE had to battle hard and rely on all of their experience to grind out a narrow 2-1 win in their Central Taxis Premier Division game against a Tynecastle side who led at half-time.
The opening 45 minutes was a close affair with Tynecastle taking the lead five minutes before the break when a Jamie Devlin corner found John Williams at the back post and his return header was nodded over the line from close range by Connor Kane.
The Whitehill manager, Mike Lawson, made two changes at the interval by bringing on the pacey Alan Brown along with another striker, Aaron Somerville. The changes galvanised Whitehill and they immediately put pressure on Tynecastle without unduly troubling their goalkeeper. However, in the 75th minute Tynecastle conceded a needless corner and then failed to clear Andrew Kidd’s near post delivery, which allowed Scott McCulloch to force the ball over the goal-line.
Only five minutes later Brown picked the ball up outside the Tynecastle box and beat defender after defender before he slid the ball in from a tight angle for Whitehill’s winner.
Although Whitehill lead the table by three points, Spartans can overtake them tonight if they beat Heriot-Watt University by three goals or more at Riccarton, kick-off 7.30pm.
Whitehill have a better goal difference and with both sides scheduled to meet at Ferguson Park on Saturday, tonight’s game is worth watching.
Stirling University, who are still on the periphery of the title chase, entertain Preston Athletic (7.45pm) and Civil Service Strollers are at home to Gretna 2008 (7.15pm).
In the First Division, promotion contenders Craigroyston travel to meet Burntisland Shipyard (7.15pm) while Leith Athletic are also away to Peebles Rovers (7.15pm).