An Aaron Somerville hat-trick helped Whitehill Welfare to an emphatic 4-0 win away against Gretna 2008.
Somerville’s three second-half strikes after Stevie Manson had opened the scoring in the opening 45 ensured a comfortable night for the Roswell club.
The three points keeps Welfare right in the hunt for second place in the Lowland League and also means Edinburgh City will now have to wait until the weekend for a chance to clinch the title, provided they win at BSC Glasgow tonight.
Mickey Lawson’s men were ahead five minutes before the break. Somerville picked out Manson and the winger smashed the ball low into the far corner on the angle.
Somerville went from provider to finisher to double the lead just four minutes after half-time, sending the ball home from close range. The game was out of sight six minutes later. Youngster James Flynn fed Wayne McIntosh, who’s cross found strike partner Somerville and he made no mistake to score with his left foot. Somerville completed the rout and his hat-trick on 73 minutes. Darren McGlashan’s shot was parried by Gretna’s Trialist goalkeeper and Somerville had the simplest of tasks to notch his third and Welfare’s fourth of the night.