Welfare need win to keep chance of title

WHITEHILL Welfare meet Edinburgh City at Ferguson Park tonight (kick-off 6.15pm), with the knowledge that anything less than a victory will see Spartans retain their East Seniors Central Taxis Premier Division title.

Whitehill currently trail Spartans by 24 points and have eight games left, including one against Spartans, and have an inferior goal difference of a massive 38 goals.

It is a tall order for Whitehill but manager Gary Aitchison and his players are not prepared to throw in the towel just yet.

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"We know that winning the league will be a hard task but we go into tonight's game with the mentality that we must win," said Aitchison.

"We lost 1-0 to Selkirk on Saturday although we were not out-played in any way. Their goalkeeper had two great saves and ours had very little to do.

"We still have a squad of players who are capable of winning all of our remaining games.

"I need my players to show real desire and heart. I've had a chat with them and they know what I expect."

Whitehill will give a late fitness test to captain Ross Johnston while striker Paul Lynch is unavailable.

Last night, in the Central Taxis Premier Division, Tynecastle drew 1-1 with Civil Service Strollers while in the First Division, Vale of Leithen beat Gala Fairydean 1-0 away from home with a late goal from Alex Munro.

In the British Universities Four Nations Tournament, Scotland overcame Northern Ireland 3-1 while England drew 2-2 with Wales.