Lowland League: Lawson aims to lead Whitehill into big time

Whitehill Welfare manager Micky Lawson:  Photograph: Ian Rutherford
Whitehill Welfare manager Micky Lawson: Photograph: Ian Rutherford
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Veteran Mike Lawson embarks on a voyage tomorrow which could lead him back into Scottish Football League management.

The Whitehill Welfare boss managed both Arbroath and Meadowbank Thistle in the early 1990s, but after nearly 20 years in the East of Scotland League with Spartans and Whitehill Welfare, Lawson reckons the second season of the Lowland League will be a totally different ball game, with a place in SPFL 2 at stake for the champions.

“There is a carrot at the end of this season,” said Lawson, whose side visit Dalbeattie in their opener tomorrow. “It will be a big step for any team in the Lowland League to win what will be a very competitive league, then beat the Highland League champions and also the team that finishes bottom of the Scottish Football League. However, it is something that everybody in senior non-league football in Scotland has looked forward to – a structure to play yourself into the Scottish Football League.”

Whitehill have added Ryan McKenzie, a defender from Vale of Leithen, John Ross-Kerr, an attacking midfield player also from Vale, Kyle Quinn from Peebles Rovers and Conan McDiarmid, who played a few games for the Rosewell club at the end of last season.

Michael Bruce has left to join Spartans, while Jordan Finnie has gone on loan to Peebles Rovers.