WHITEHILL WELFARE moved up to third in the Lowland League with a comfortable win over Preston.
Whitehill started the livelier with Craig Anderson driving forward. After ten minutes, Whitehill required to reshuffle when Anthony Muir went off with an injury and was replaced by Jack Jardine.
Darren McGlashan and Sean Wringe linked up for Welfare but with no end product while James Martin and Joshua McGonigal drove forward for Preston, but their efforts were thwarted by Ross Nisbet and Nikki Murray who anticipated danger for Welfare.
On 25 minutes, Preston’s keeper Scott Downie was adjudged to have fouled last man Jamie Devlin. He was sent off and a penalty was awarded. Preston’s left back Robert Baillie went into goal and hn Williams confidently scored from the spot.
Welfare then took control with Jack Jardine prominent in the middle and penetrating runs down the right from Cameron Fraser. After 26 minutes, Welfare went two up when Jardine found Wringe who poked home from close range.
After half-time, Preston emerged with new-found energy. McGonigal went close and Welfare’s Murray slid in just as Preston’s Martin was about to strike. But Welfare were still dangerous and substitute Steven Manson, on for Cameron Fraser, struck the post with a low drive from far out. On 71 minutes, Welfare made it three when Wringe broke upfield and fed Devlin who lobbed the keeper. Preston‘s Martin rattled the bar late on.
Whitehill Welfare: Trialist, Fraser (Manson 65), Keane (O’Hara 52), Williams, Nisbet, Murray, Anderson, McGlashan, Wringe, Devlin, Muir (Jardine 10). Unused subs: Scott-Mercer, Knight.
Preston Athletic: Downie, McSherry, Baillie, Manson, Moffat, Gilchrist, McCue, Martin, McGonigal (Belope 70),Nicholson (Jamie Todd 26), Porcher. Unused subs: Currie; Liam Todd, Thomson.