Two second-half goals saw Whitehill Welfare secure three points to leapfrog Vale of Leithen into second place in the table – and the result confirmed Spartans as champions of the inaugural Lowland League.
The home side were the first to threaten with Scott Gormley’s cross-cum-shot going just wide before Wayne McIntosh saw an audacious effort from long range strike the crossbar at the other end on 15 minutes.
Shortly after the Vale woodwork came to the rescue again as Wayne Sproule drove down the left and Kerr Dodds met his cross in the middle only to see his effort hit Bruce Callan and then arrive back in his arms via his right hand post. On 27 minutes, McIntosh headed over an Andrew Kidd corner.
Whitehill started the second half brightly with Mike Bruce’s header somehow scrambled off the line and then McIntosh turned sharply but shot over. On 56 minutes the same player should have opened the scoring but somehow failed to connect with Kidd’s corner when left unmarked.
On 65 minutes a McIntosh cross was driven in by Darren McGlashan at the back post to open the scoring.
On 75 minutes, Gormley beat the offside trap but saw his goalbound effort cleared by Bruce. The points were secured five minutes from time by substitute Aaron Somerville who collected a through ball from Sproule and nutmegged the goalkeepers.
Vale of Leithen: Callan, Aird, D McAleavy, Young, McKenzie, R Aitchison, Lough, Mearns, Gormley, Ross-Kerr, Ferguson. Subs: T Aitchison, C McAleavy, Ogilvie O’Brien.
Whitehill Welfare: Young, Hall, Bruce, McDiarmid, Martin, A Kidd, McGlashan, Sproule, McIntosh, Dodds, Noon. Subs: McLaughlin, Somerville, Manson.